Brave Killarney teenager Ian O’Connell was already a hero to the people of Killarney but last weekend his positive message reached a whole new audience; it even touched one of the biggest superstars in the world.
Ian suffered serious injuries to his neck and spine when he fell from his bike in the National Park last August and is currently paralysed from the shoulders down. On Friday night the 16-year-old student from Pinewood appeared on RTÉ’s Late Late Show alongside his father Michael to talk about his accident and ongoing recovery.
The nation was blown away by Ian’s positivity in the face of such tremendous adversity with viewers taking to social media in their thousands to express their admiration for the plucky Killarney youngster. The following night, Ian was attending an event at Dublin’s 3 Arena and bumped into a very famous fan: MMA legend and one of the most successful Irish athletes of all time, Conor McGregor.
In a heart-warming Instagram post which has received over 1.5 million likes, McGregor explained the chance meeting. “Watching the Late Late show last night and on comes this young man!” he wrote.
“I was blown away by him and his attitude to life and in facing adversity! Then tonight, by complete chance, I bumped into him at an event and end up getting to watch the main event fight ringside with him! Thank you Ian it was great to meet you my brother, you are some man! Your quote literally blew me away! ‘If you can’t stand up, STAND OUT!’ I think I speak for every Irish man and woman that watched you on the Late Late show last night by saying you are a true inspiration to us! Thank you brother.”
Donations to the Ian O’Connell Fund poured in over the weekend and at the time of going to print, it had reached €42,000. The current goal is €50,000. Ian’s family hope the money raised will allow them to make important changes to their home in light of Ian’s return from rehab. To make a contribution, visit Ian’s GoFundMe page or select the Ian O’Connell Fund when registering for the upcoming Ring of Kerry Cycle.
Top tips for exfoliating your skin
One of the most important steps when we are looking after our skin, face and body is exfoliation. There are many different types of exfoliators so finding the right one […]
One of the most important steps when we are looking after our skin, face and body is exfoliation.
There are many different types of exfoliators so finding the right one is important. We don’t want to cause any unnecessary damage, especially to the face.
We must help to exfoliate the dead cells to reveal new glowing skin. As dead cells have a negative effect on the skin, it clogs pores, creates dark spots and rough skin texture, more pronounced wrinkles as well as dullness and dryness. Also, the build up of dead cells can inhibit the effectiveness of skin care products as serums and creams can’t reach the basal (lower) layer which is the active level of the skin. This layer is responsible for the growth of collagen and elastin. These molecules/cells rise up to the outer layer giving your skin plumpness. Think of them like grapes when they are youthful and hydrated. Unfortunately as we age, and if we don’t look after our skin, environmental factors such as the sun, wind, and diet can cause the collagen and elastin cells to look more like raisins. Therefore, it’s super important to exfoliate those dead cells away.
The different types you can choose from might depend on your likes or dislikes and if your skin is normal or combination. If you have dry, thin skin you must be careful to choose a suitable exfoliating product, something without grains, as they can sometimes be a little harsh. If they are dissolving grains they maybe suitable.
A great tip when exfoliating the body is to put on exfoliating mitts every time you shower. Always apply a little body lotion after every shower or bath also.
Any questions call Jill on 064 6632966.
Budget 2023 has been announced, so what’s in it for you?
At lunchtime today (Tuesday) Budget 2023 was announced which includes an €11 billion package in what’s been described as a ‘Cost of Living Budget’. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and […]
At lunchtime today (Tuesday) Budget 2023 was announced which includes an €11 billion package in what’s been described as a ‘Cost of Living Budget’.
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath announced a series of measures which they say will be “focused on helping individuals, families and businesses to deal with rising prices”.
It included a further €300 million in public service support measures funded from the Contingency Reserve Fund.
“We were emerging from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We now face a further economic challenge,” Minister Donoghue said.
“The government understands, and I understand, the worries which small business owners, farmers, pensioners, those who work really hard to get by, will feel. This is why the government will help, and by helping our country will overcome this challenge.”
THE BUDGET AT A GLANCE
Personal Tax Credit, Employee Credit and Earned Income Credit set to increase by €75
Standard rate band for Income Tax is to increase by €3,200 to €40,000
Increase in the second USC rate band (2 percent rate) from €21,295 to €22,920 in line with the 80 cent per hour increase in the national minimum wage recently agreed by this government
€200 electricity credits for homes over the next three billing cycles – November, January and March – (€600 in total)
Petrol/Diesel: The reduction on excise duty on fuel previously announced earlier this year to ease the cost of petrol and diesel has been further extended until February 28, 2023. Motorists will continue to pay 21 cent per litre in respect of petrol, 16 cent per litre in respect of diesel and 5.4 cent per litre in respect of Marked Gas Oil.
A €1.2 billion package of supports for businesses hit by soaring energy costs
New Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) has been set up to assist businesses with their energy costs. A monthly cap of €10,000 per trade will apply and an overall cap will apply on the total amount which a business can claim.
Excise on pack of 20 cigarettes to increase by 50 cent
Lump sum payment of €400 for Fuel Allowance recipients will be paid before Christmas
Extra lump sum for the elderly, carers, and disabled as social welfare rates go up €12
VAT: 9 percent VAT rate which is currently in place to support the tourism and hospitality sectors to remain in place until February 28, 2023
Double Child Benefit payment for all eligible parents on November 1
Christmas bonus to be paid in December, with a separate double payment in November
New rent tax credit worth €500 for 2023. This can also be claimed for 2022. This applies to those who do not get any other housing supports. Approximately 400,000 persons are expected to benefit.
Rural Ireland will get a €390 million investment for development
Newspaper: VAT on newspapers to be reduced from 9 percent to zero from January 1, 2023.
1,000 new Garda and 430 Garda staff will be provided
20% fare reduction on public transport will be extended to the end of 2023
Weekly social welfare rates will be increased by €12 for working age recipients
€12 increase in weekly payments for pensioners
Working Family Payment threshold will increase by €40
€2 increase in the weekly rate for a Qualified Child
An increase in eligibility for Fuel Allowance
€500 lump sum for families availing of the Working Family Payment, a €500 lump sum for carers, a €500 cost of disability payment and a €20 increase in the domiciliary care allowance for sick children
All inpatient hospital charges will be abolished, GP visit cards will be provided to those on or below the median income (340,000 additional people)
There will be a €2 increase in the weekly rate for a Qualified Child.
Drug Payment Scheme threshold will remain at the lower rate of €80 in 2023
Funding will be provided for IVF treatments
Free contraception will be available for all women aged between 16 and 30
Childcare and education
Free School Book Scheme for primary school pupils from autumn 2023
Over 660 additional mainstream teachers, over 1,190 SNAs and 680 special education teachers will be provided
The National Childcare Scheme hourly subsidy is to increase from 50c to €1.40
A €500 increase in post-graduate contribution grant for eligible families
Over 4,800 additional places on craft and consortia-led apprenticeships and 4,000 places on craft apprenticeship programmes will be supported
Funding will be made available to support 8,800 new HAP tenancies and 800 RAS tenancies
9,100 new-build social homes, 5,500 new affordable homes for sale and rent and 6,500 new social homes will be supported
Funding to deliver 37,000 home energy upgrades
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