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Kerry College will be hosting hour-long information sessions at our state of the art newly refurbished Beauty Therapy Suite in the E Block of our Clash Road Campus on Thursday this week.

Facilities include Bespoke Nail Bar, Treatment rooms, Spa Area and Steam and Sauna Facilities. You will have the opportunity to experience the facility first hand and speak to the instructors, teachers who have over 20 years’ experience in the educational sector for Beauty Therapy.
Learners currently on the course will also be in attendance so visitors can ask them questions..

Slots available are from 12pm, 1pm or 2pm.

This Internationally accredited course delivers ITEC, CIBTAC and CIDESCO International Diplomas to industry standards and are at the forefront of providing Beauty Therapy training and employment in support of the Kerry Salons and Spa's.

Participants on the course have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work as beauty therapists in a variety of settings. Some of our past awards include: CIBTAC International Tutor of the year, Worldskills Beauty Therapy International Medals of excellence , Bronze medal in ChinaSkills Beauty Therapy, CIBTAC international Student of the Year and CIDESCO Best in Country for Makeup Artistry. National Skills winners of the All Ireland Silver Medal of Excellence for Ireland in Beauty Therapy.

This 46-week course is starting on September, 12.

Past graduate Francesca Gerald said, “Having completed this course, I can say it has equipped me with the knowledge and skills required for working as a beauty therapist in the industry. It covered a comprehensive range of topics, which were clearly explained with a wide variety of resources that would be accessible for different learning styles. Practical hands-on learning is a huge component, which brings our theory learnings to life. I found the tutors extremely knowledgeable, approachable, and supportive. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to broaden their horizons in the world of beauty therapy.”

Course teacher, Clair Horan stated, “There is a huge demand for qualified therapists with the additional option of self-employment. Opportunities exist in the following areas: Beauty Salons, Health Farms/Leisure Centres, Cruise Liners/In-Flight Therapist, Make-up Artist, Make-up and Skin Care Consultant, Mobile Therapist, Salon Owner, Complementary Therapist, Technical Sales Representative, Franchising, Spa Industry and Teaching/Training and many more..”

To book your time or for queries, call the Admissions Office on 066-714 96 96 or email info@kerrycollege.ie

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Roger and Brendan really into the SWING of things

A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves […]

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A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves a regular challenge against local players.

Roger O’Sullivan, originally from Loreto Road and a member of the Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle, has linked up with another Killarney man, Brendan Keogh of SWING Golf, on several occasions to bring a group of golfers from the Seattle club to play a number of Kerry and Irish courses.

They compete for the Cider Cup which is their own unique take on the Ryder Cup.

In 2010 Roger led a group of 18 golfers from the US to play in Ireland and they repeated the journey and the adventure again in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

They had another trip planned in 2020 but that was cancelled due to Covid but they returned again in 2022 and a group of 44 golfers were back in Killarney in recent weeks to test their skills on the Kerry courses and against local players.

“Since we first started doing this in 2010 we have had 102 different golfers travel from Seattle,” Roger explained.
“I met Brendan Keogh on one of my visits home and he travelled to Seattle, at my request, and organised sponsorship at my golf club.

“Since then our trips have been expertly organised by SWING Golf who book us preferential tee-times, set up the schedule and coordinate our bus drivers. We have never had an issue or anything to worry about. Being friendly with Maurice O’Donoghue, we have always stayed at Scott’s Hotel,” he added.

The US visitors take on local players when in Killarney and this year there was 100 golfers playing on the Killeen course on the first day of their visit.

“The support of the locals has been incredible and I wouldn’t do this without them,” said Roger.
“There have been numerous friendships made over the last 14 years. We have supported a local charity on every trip and for the last two it has been the palliative care unit at University Hospital Kerry. This year we raised €5,100,” he said.

A former student at St Brendan’s College, Roger’s parents were Tony and Juliette O’Sullivan and his father was the head chef in the Gleneagle Hotel for over 20 years before the family purchased Danesfort Lodge at Woodlawn Cross on the Muckross Road.

Roger has been married for 20 years to Amy from Tampa, Florida and they have one daughter, Gracie.
Brendan Keogh joined SWING in the early days of its operation as financial operations manager, working alongside the late Paddy O’Looney.

A member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club for 40 years, he is the current CEO and he will have served 33 years next September.

SWING, the brainchild of former Kerry Group chief, Denis Brosnan, markets and promotes the premier golf clubs in the south west and also runs an incoming golf agency.

Records show that the company has booked over 350,000 rounds of golf in the south west alone but it also facilitates golfers wanting to play elsewhere in the country.

The company’s senior team of Brendan, Eileen O’Sullivan and Tommy Pierce have 60 years of experience bringing golfers to these shores.

Killarney has been a huge beneficiary as it is a base for most visiting golfers while on the Kerry part of their trip. The locals like seeing the high spending golfers arrive in April for a season than runs until mid October.
2024 is busy and it is also looking positive for 2025.

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Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

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Over 30 members, past and present, gathered last Tuesday in The Dromhall Hotel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Killarney Toastmasters club.

Several founder members were present including Frank O’Sullivan and Bernadette Noonan, who are still current members of the club.
Members embrace the core values of Toastmasters International which are “respect, integrity, service and excellence”.
This year Killarney Toastmasters welcomed eight new members of various nationalities, who have brought many talents with them to this international club.
Outgoing president Anthony Walsh said: “I am heartened by the progress of new members and, following the success of the current year, I am looking forward to a bright future for the club.”
Anthony passed the chain of office on to incoming President Ann Hannan, who is very excited about leading the club in the year that Toastmasters International celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

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