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The Force was with the adventure racers in Dingle

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Jumping John: John Condren doing his signature jump on Mount Brandon, competing in the annual Dingle Adventure Race. PICTURES: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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WORLD-CLASS views over the new home of Star Wars were just some of the attractions offered to the 750 athletes that converged on west Kerry from across the galaxies last weekend.

The epic Dingle Adventure Race 2016 took place across the famed peninsula on which the weather Jedis smiled.
The very successful one day multi-activity adventure race consisted of three courses DAR Full, DAR Sport & DAR Mini, biking over the spectacular Conor Pass, climbing Mount Brandon, running the coastal windy roads of Slea Head, with great views of Ceann Sibéal (scene of the new Star Wars shoot), Dún Chaoin, Mount Eagle, and along the iconic Dingle Peninsula.

“The race challenges competitors to run, kayak, hike and cycle their way across the Dingle Peninsula,” said Noel O’Leary of Irish Adventures who established the race.

Thanking the volunteers and businesses who sponsored the event, he added: “The atmosphere is always fantastic, a real fun event, with plenty of banter and camaraderie.”

The winner of the Full DAR event was Killian Heery from Cavan, with an amazing time of 2 hours 57 minutes, 26 seconds. First home in the DAR Mini was, Ciaran Collin, Limerick, in a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 45 seconds. Winner of the DAR Sport was, Kieran Cosgrove, Muckno Tri Club, in a time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 15 seconds.

FULL RESULTS

DAR FULL
1st: Killian Heery, Cavan Kayakarun 02:57:26
2nd: Mark Nolan, Kerry, 02:58:16
3rd: Eric Wolfe, Cork, 03:01:05

Ladies winner: Moira O’Sullivan, Down, 03:22:40
2nd: Emma Donjon 03:27:18

DAR MINI
1st: Ciaran Collins, Limerick, 01:18:45
2nd: Kate O’Brien, Kerry, 01:19:03
3rd: Mel Hilliard, Metro St Brigid’s 01:19:05

2nd lady home: Sarah Wallace 01:25:05

DAR SPORT
1st: Kieran Cosgrove, Muckno Tri Club, 01:54:15
2nd: Paul O’Connell, Limerick, 01:56:34
3rd: Aodh O Currain, Kerry, 02:00:09

1st lady: Fiona Meade, Blarney, 02:11:00
2nd lady: Deirdre Nagle, 02:18:35
 


 
Pictured above: John Condren doing his signature jump on Mount Brandon, competing in the annual Dingle Adventure Race.
PICTURES: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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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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