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Eco-charity concert planned in Killarney

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Eco-charity concert planned in Killarney

St Mary’s the Church of the Sloes is staging a charity concert in aid of eco-charities in Kerry tomorrow night (Thursday August 15).

St Mary’s is bringing back to Killarney the modern setting of St Francis of Assisi’ ‘Canticle of the Sun’.

The concert, ‘Canticle of Creation’, takes place at 8pm with the majority of proceeds going to Transition Kerry.

The piece is a musical setting and performed by Vincent Kennedy (trumpet) accompanied by Marina Cassidy (harp).

The sponsors, Muckross House & Gardens Trustees, Killarney Park Hotel with the Ross Hotel, Randles Hotel with the Dromhall Hote, have graciously provided for the publicity and other costs of staging the event so the whole of the ticket sales will go to charity, explained Archdeacon Simon J Lumby.

“It is fitting that we have this concert now, to draw people’s attention to the honour and respect in which our world is held by that most Celtic of the European saints: Francis,” he said.

“The encouragement of this Canticle links beautifully with the upcoming season of creation during which we focus our undivided attention on the way in which we, our actions and behaviour impact upon creation. The lifestyle of humanity has already used up this years’ allocation of our world’s resources! We’ll need 1.7 worlds to keep us going at this rate.”

Marina Cassidy is a well-known and well-loved performer and attracts a wide ranging audience for locals and visitors alike. Her playing of the harp and her singing are very well regarded, he added.

"The rich, pure quality of her soprano voice and her ability to interpret her material, musically and emotionally, combined with her craft as a harper, weaves a magical web which catches us all within its spell.”

Vincent Kennedy was commissioned by the Franciscan Order in Ireland to compose the piece and it has been performed at the Friary, in Dublin and Kinsale.

“Vincent is an internationally renowned composer and conductor who has written symphonies, cantatas, concertos, and works for practically every type of performance from solo to symphony orchestra with chorus. His music is played worldwide.”

Tickets on Eventbrite and on the door €20.

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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

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It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

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Annual Christmas motorbike charity road run launched

The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18. The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in […]

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The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18.

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort and Eagle Lodge in Tralee.

Now in its sixth year, the run, which is organised by an amalgamation of several Kerry motorcycle clubs under the banner of Kerry Bikers, will visit Killarney.

The run gets underway at 10.30am from Tralee. The first stop off is in Sheahan’s Centra on the Muckross Road where the Tralee group will be joined by local motorcyclists before setting off on a yet to be decided route.

“We will announce the route in Killarney. Last year we went to Killorglin, Farranfore and Castleisland. This year Abbeyfeale and Listowel may be in reach and if so we will make donations to Nano Nagle Special School too,” organiser Dave Foley said.

Over one hundred motorcycles are expected to take part in the run. Last year the full convoy measured 1.6km from start to finish.

“We hope to exceed that this year,” added Foley

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