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Fine times and good company at Major Colgan’s

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On Monday Major Colgan’s pub, formerly The Jarvey’s Rest, at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa welcomed over 90 local B&B and guesthouse owners to their rebrand and season launch evening.

Showcasing the newly renovated pub, enhanced menu options and its renowned Irish Night Pub show, guests were welcomed with a drinks reception in the medieval atrium where Muckross Park Hotel General Manager Daniel O’Connor introduced Minister Brendan Griffin to the audience. Guests later enjoyed a three course meal followed by an Irish Night Pub show. Also in attendance on the night were Senator Paul Coghlan and historian and genealogist Mr John Colgan.

Speaking on the night, General Manager Daniel O’Connor said: “With a polished new interior and an impressive new kitchen designed to enhance the service experience for diners, owners iNua Hospitality have invested over €250,000 in the refurbishment of the venue. The interior of Colgan's now has a fresher, brighter look and feel. With smart wooden floors, a handsome new bar counter and comfy upholstered chairs and stools, there is also a larger kitchen to allow for an enhanced service and dining experience, with a focus on high quality Irish-themed menus designed by Executive Chef and Kerry native John O’Leary.”

The choice of the new name, Major Colgan’s, is to honour one of the hotel’s previous owners and an unsung national hero who fell in love with Killarney and the hotel itself when stationed in nearby Muckross House during WWII.

Major Colgan’s is open seven days a week for the season serving great food daily, entertainment by leading Irish band Onora and The Sinseoiri Dancers continues to be available four nights per week. The renowned Irish Night pub show takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for the season ahead and there will be music every Friday night.

In the heart of Killarney’s National Park, just 4km from Killarney town centre, Major Colgan’s at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is a landmark stop on the Ring of Kerry, close to The Wild Atlantic Way and – in honour of its history – an appropriate celebration of fine times spent in good company.

To find out more, contact 064 6623400 or email info@muckrosspark.com.

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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.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

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.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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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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