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Fans preparing for Ireland’s biggest Star Wars Festival

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The May the 4th Be With You Festival - first launched in 2018 by Fáilte Ireland - is returning to The Skellig Coast region after two years of being hosted virtually.

The festival, which will kick off on Wednesday May 4 at The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre and will run until Sunday May 8, was created to celebrate the filming of the Star Wars film franchise on Skellig Michael.

'The Force Awakens Episode VII' and 'The Last Jedi Episode VIII' both featured the iconic Skellig Islands where it was known as Ahch-To Island, effectively the centre of the Jedi Universe. The Star Wars connection to the Skellig Coast remains very strong and in 2019 the festival welcomed fans from all over the world who visited this beautiful region and enjoyed a weekend full of various events including Virtual Reality, Yoda Yoga, Star Wars Parade and much more.

A team of local volunteers, together with Fáilte Ireland and the 501st Ireland Garrison have continued to bring this festival to Star Wars fans virtually over the past two years due to ongoing restrictions and are delighted to be able to launch the in-person event once again on May 4.

This year’s festival will see the launch of an exciting Star Wars Fan Film Competition. Along with the competition, the event will also feature a Star Wars Treasure Trail, Comic-Con event, Quizzes, Dark Skies night-time events and so much more. There will also be events running online throughout the weekend.

“It is fantastic to see this festival return to an in-person event for 2022," local volunteer Lisa O’Sullivan, said. "It provides visitors the opportunity to explore The Skellig Coast region and all it has to offer."

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Help reduce the appearance of cellulite  

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help us look and feel better about it.

Yes, people often assume it’s down to a weight issue but it is associated with diet and exercise. It can affect all ages, male and female. There are many ways to help reduce and eliminate it.

Nothing can substitute for eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise. Just as with other signs of ageing, cellulite is best managed first and foremost by focusing on maintaining a healthy weight long term. But certain topical treatments may help it become less noticeable and improve skin’s overall appearance, if used regularly. Dry body brushing is one technique to try by brushing upwards every day towards the heart for increased blood circulation.

Using anti-cellulite products can help if you are doing regular exercise and watching your diet, but if you feel you need a boost to get you headed in the right direction, there is a few different salon treatments that can be of benefit.

The Universal Contour Body Wrap is a great treatment which results in inch loss due to the detoxing effect of the sea clay or also the Electro Cellulite Massage rollers (ECM) by CACI Machine, which is a 12-session course over four weeks, this is recommended for desired results.

Pilates is always an amazing lifestyle choice. Having the toning tables for the past 30 years in Killarney, we are lucky to hear the amazing results from our clients past and present. Some have even been with us since we started! The male and female reviews have reported reduced cellulite with weekly appointments, improved posture, increased energy and mostly reduced cellulite.

To book an appointment or to find out more information, call 064 6632966. 

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Car dealers are now hubs for Ukrainian donations

Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine. Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages […]

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Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine.

Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages that have signed up for the project.

Under the scheme, the garages will be used as collection hubs for essential equipment that will be transported to the war torn country.

“We have a very large and loyal customer base and we are appealing through them to make donations,” Adam’s of Tralee General Manager, Marcus O’Shea, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Any dealer could have signed up for this but we are one of only two in Kerry to do so.”

The garages, following advice from humanitarian agencies in Ukraine, have created a very specific list of what is urgently needed out there.

These include generators, solar battery chargers, batteries, power banks, flashlights, drones and tablets.

Medical equipment like First Aid kits (NATO standard) and other medical items are also sought.

People can assist by either dropping goods to the two garages or by making a donation via www.safeharbourforukraine.org.

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