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Firies GAA launch “The Big Drop’ for Irish Community Air Ambulance

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Firies Football, Hurling and Ladies Football club has launched an innovative fundraising drive to develop their new playing facilities in Firies village while also raising funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance Service and the vital work they provide throughout the country.

The club has grounds and facilities at Páirc Eamonn in Farranfore but, due to the substantial growth in the club over the past ten years, the grounds can very scarcely accommodate all juvenile football/ladies football teams as well as a vibrant hurling club serving the mid-Kerry hinterland.

The club has planning permission obtained for a new training facility adjacent to Firies village which includes grass pitches and a community walking track. In order to finance this development, the club are organising “Firies Big Drop” with prizes worth €25,000.

On Saturday, October 1, Firies Football, Hurling and Ladies Football grounds in Farranfore will be virtually divided into a grid with 4000 squares. Taking advantage of the clubs’ proximity to Kerry Airport, a helicopter will fly over Páirc Eamonn, dropping ten balls. Each ticket sold is allocated a random grid box and if the ball lands on your grid box, you could win a top prize of €10,000. There will also be prizes of €5,000, €2,500, €1,500 and six €1,000 on the day.

At the fundraiser launch, Chairman of Firies Football, Hurling & Ladies Football; Tom Kelliher said:
“The club is in a fortunate position of experiencing phenomenal growth and while we have secured land and planning permissions for the new pitch, substantial funds are now needed to ignite the spark in Firies. We believe this fundraiser will help Firies secure the future for our players and community for years to come.”

Firies Football, Hurling & Ladies Football Club Finance Committees’ Tim Clifford added “10% of all profits form the big drop will go to the Air Ambulance to acknowledge the phenomenal work that they are doing, not only in Firies but beyond."

Tickets for Firies Big Drop are on sale now from https://pallaslotteries.ie/firiesbigdrop at €50 per ticket with the added incentive of an early bird draw of two All-Ireland Football Tickets and overnight accommodation in Dublin when the ticket is purchased before July 16.

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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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