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FREE COURSE: Sean Taaffe with Aoife O'Reilly (Network Manager South Kerry Skillnet) who have launched a course for jobseekers to gain skills in hairdressing.

South Kerry Skillnet is launching a course for jobseekers to gain skills in hairdressing. It’s a ‘classics mastered’ course and would be suited to jobseekers with previous hairdressing experience. Beginning on September 16, the free course will consist of five classroom days in Sean Taaffe Education, Tralee, as well as three additional days’ work experience.

“We have worked with leaders in the hairdressing industry to identify skills gaps which has resulted in the creation of this course,” Aoife O’Reilly, Network Manager of South Kerry Skillnet, said.

“The course covers classic haircutting techniques over five days which teaches all the fundamental basics of hair cutting, covering five core techniques. This course is a must for anyone that is either wanting to upskill their previous cutting qualifications or for a stylist returning to the industry. The classics mastered course will be delivered by award winning hairstylist Sean Taaffe.”

The Employment Activation Programme (EAP) is a public funded initiative through Skillnet Ireland, the national agency for workforce development, and completely free to jobseekers. It provides skills which are in demand by industry, combined with direct access to employers through securing a work placement.

To find out more about this programme or to view South Kerry Skillnet’s full catalogue of programmes, please visit www.kerryskillnet.ie or call Kerry on 066 9762477.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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