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Expo organisers pull out all the stops for Kerry jobs showcase




THE team behind Kerry Expo is all set to host the second annual event. Organisers have pulled out all the stops and the Kerry Expo has just launched its own website,

With the launch of the dedicated website, businesses operating in Kerry region are invited to register their interest via the website to exhibit at the Kerry EXPO in the INEC, Killarney on April 9, said Kerry Expo director Liz Maher. “The event promises a full day of entertainment, including food tastings and sampling, all blended together with an extensive range of business, recruitment, educational and business support showcasing,” added Ms Maher.

Over the coming weeks information packs containing full exhibitor details, including exhibition costs and additional information will be sent to all companies and organisations that have registered their interest online. “To those looking to visit the expo on April 9 the website will also offer free admission to registered visitors,” said the event director.

“Visitors to the expo who are over 18s must register for free admission, while under-18s are free, once accompanied by an adult. Kids can avail of the free entertainment throughout the day,” added Ms Maher.
This week will also see the launch of Kerry Expo’s dedicated social media sites in
LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and organisers believe that digital media will help to promote the event to a wide audience and a broad demographic.

“Capturing the attention of the Irish living abroad and raising brand awareness on behalf of exhibitors are both integral parts of the event,” said Ms Maher.
Organisers have collaborated with the GAA in an effort to spread the word and embed the message into every club in Ireland and abroad.

Diarmuid O Sé, vice-chair of the Kerry County Board, said: “We were delighted to accept the invitation to join the industry group currently promoting the Kerry Expo and we believe the collaboration between industry and GAA is certainly the way forward. If we are to keep our players in Kerry they will need to be employed and by coming together we can achieve so much more. We can encourage the brain drain back to Kerry grounds and to do this, the links between ourselves, jobs and education is an absolute necessity. This is a wonderful initiative and we will be actively encouraging everyone to come out and support it.”

Schools will be asked to support Kerry businesses by encouraging attendance to the EXPO, in an effort to instil in the younger generation, the benefits of living, working and studying in Kerry, added Liz Maher. "Organisers are currently in talks with national organisations so as to attract a national audience and promote the businesses in Kerry as far and wide as possible," she said.

It is anticipated that job opportunities across the county will grow significantly in the coming year with a number of Kerry based companies already looking to expand, added the expo director. “We hope that everyone will join us on April 9. “Please note places are limited and exhibition placement is on a first come first serve basis so don’t delay, you must register to receive the visitor information pack,” added Ms Maher.

At the Kerry EXPO Website  launch at The INEC, Killarney were front from left, Liz Maher ( EXPO Organiser), Paul Sherry (Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Vice-President), Angela McAllen (Killarney Municipal District Area Manager). In second row are Katie Larkin (Astellas), Elin Sorensen (GHQ), Fred McDonagh (Redchair Recruitment), Noel Healy (TLI Group) and John Dolan (Gleneagle Hotel). Back from left are Sean O'Keeffe (Kerry District League), Diarmaid O Se (Kerry GAA Board), Colette O’Donoghue (Tricel), Brendan Kennelly (Kerry's Eye), Sinead Delaney (Enercon), Shane Walsh (JRI America) and John Daly (Dairymaster). PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Do facial treatments hurt?

It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it […]




It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it an easy process.

One of the most asked questions I get asked is do facials hurt? The short answer is no, but I have to admit it depends on your skin type and what is required. Squeezing black heads isn’t the most comfortable moment during a facial, but we always have the skin well prepared, exfoliated and softened, and use steam to open the pores. Mostly a facial is super relaxing and comfortable.

Summer weather tends to bring with it oily skin and breakouts, but it’s often less acne prone in the winter. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting regular facials throughout the year however. The best way to see the benefits of a facial is to get them consistently. A good facial will have the products tailored to your skin type.

You have nothing to loose but excess oil and dead skin cells. I have a feeling men are more sensitive than women as they always ask about the pain involved first!

Give me a call to book in or if you’ve any other questions ring 064 6632966.

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Plan ahead for College Open Days

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.




By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

The College Open Day season for 2023 entrants starts in earnest in early October.

From then on, the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Agricultural colleges will showcase what they have to offer to potential students. Further Education Colleges tend to host their open days from January onwards. Thankfully HEIs are back to hosting in-person open days but many are offering more specific information sessions on particular courses and departments virtually. College Open Days give students and parents a great chance to find out lots of interesting and detailed information about courses of interest and the many supports available, as well as giving the opportunity to get a feel for the college by availing of campus tours. You will find a complete list of the open days in the events sections of and on so take some time to make a list of the ones you want to attend.

Prepare and plan 

Do some basic research on the courses on offer. Check the entry requirements for each course of interest as you will need to meet these to be eligible to compete for a place on the course. Check out the modules and whether Erasmus or travel abroad options are available, as well as work placement. Don’t ignore a course or open day because you don’t expect to get enough points. You may do far better than you anticipate.
Have a good look at the college website – register for the open day in advance, download the schedule of talks and make note of the ones you want to attend. Make sure to download a map of the campus so you know exactly where to find the talks and presentations of interest. Jot down any questions you have as you will hopefully get a chance to talk to college staff and/or current students. Plan to arrive in plenty time as there are likely to be very large crowds attending. On the day, try to gather information about accommodation, clubs and societies and student supports. Many HEIs run talks for parents and on grants, HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) so check them out. Make sure to get contact details for any staff members which may be important later for follow-up questions.


There is nothing like a College Open Day to give you a sense of what the campus feels like. Soak up the atmosphere and consider if the size of the campus is the best fit for you. Larger campuses can be intimidating for some students while exciting for others. Smaller campuses can feel more comfortable and manageable. You will know what feels right for you. Bear in mind that open days have a festival feel to them and regular college days are not always like that. This may be your only chance to visit the campus before you register there as a student so make the most of your day and enjoy it!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


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