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“Funding will put us in a better place” – Airport CEO





By Sean Moriarty


Kerry Airport CEO John Mulhern has welcomed Government funding that will help the airport “navigate through this difficult winter”. On Tuesday, the Department of Transport announced an €80 million funding package for Irish airports following a disastrous year for the sector.

Kerry Airport has suffered particularly badly as a result of pandemic related restrictions.

Management there bravely kept the airport at Farranfore fully operational, even during the first lockdown that grounded Ryanair flights to and from the airport.

During the spring, only the Kerry-Dublin commuter flight operated but there was some hope when Ryanair started a limited schedule to and from German and British airports despite a very limited number of passengers using the services.

That was reversed once Level 5 restrictions came into force three weeks ago. Ryanair took the decision to stop flying to Kerry and other regional airports until December 14.

Kerry Airport were left with no choice but to lay off the majority of its staff as a result of the Ryanair decision, the first time this year they took any action that affected staff despite plummeting passenger numbers.

“The announcement of additional aviation supports is most warmly welcomed and appreciated. It will go some way to help us, eventually find our way back to full employment and busy flight schedules, here in Kerry and at all our islands’ airports,” Mr Mulhern said. “Thank you Deputy Brendan Griffin and Minister Norma Foley despite your hectic agendas you always find time for us. Thanks to all our county’s elected officials for your continued and loyal support of our great airport. Nobody says this crisis is over but you collectively put a hand on our backs to support us and we appreciate that.”

Kerry Airport will share over €6m in funding with Donegal and Knock Airports for operational support. This is in addition to the €21m already put aside in Budget 2021 for capital grants in regional airports.

Airport bosses previously said that every effort will be made to get all employees back to the workplace as soon as possible and they will stay in touch and available throughout the layoff and contact staff with any updates as soon as possible.

Kerry Airport, up until last week, was the only airport in the country that had not laid off staff.

“This will help get people back to work sooner than we imagined,” Mr Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser but warned that cannot happen until Ryanair return to the airport. “This funding will put us in a better place and we will get employees back once Ryanair increases flights.”

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Do facial treatments hurt?

It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it […]




It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it an easy process.

One of the most asked questions I get asked is do facials hurt? The short answer is no, but I have to admit it depends on your skin type and what is required. Squeezing black heads isn’t the most comfortable moment during a facial, but we always have the skin well prepared, exfoliated and softened, and use steam to open the pores. Mostly a facial is super relaxing and comfortable.

Summer weather tends to bring with it oily skin and breakouts, but it’s often less acne prone in the winter. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting regular facials throughout the year however. The best way to see the benefits of a facial is to get them consistently. A good facial will have the products tailored to your skin type.

You have nothing to loose but excess oil and dead skin cells. I have a feeling men are more sensitive than women as they always ask about the pain involved first!

Give me a call to book in or if you’ve any other questions ring 064 6632966.

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Plan ahead for College Open Days

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.




By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

The College Open Day season for 2023 entrants starts in earnest in early October.

From then on, the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Agricultural colleges will showcase what they have to offer to potential students. Further Education Colleges tend to host their open days from January onwards. Thankfully HEIs are back to hosting in-person open days but many are offering more specific information sessions on particular courses and departments virtually. College Open Days give students and parents a great chance to find out lots of interesting and detailed information about courses of interest and the many supports available, as well as giving the opportunity to get a feel for the college by availing of campus tours. You will find a complete list of the open days in the events sections of and on so take some time to make a list of the ones you want to attend.

Prepare and plan 

Do some basic research on the courses on offer. Check the entry requirements for each course of interest as you will need to meet these to be eligible to compete for a place on the course. Check out the modules and whether Erasmus or travel abroad options are available, as well as work placement. Don’t ignore a course or open day because you don’t expect to get enough points. You may do far better than you anticipate.
Have a good look at the college website – register for the open day in advance, download the schedule of talks and make note of the ones you want to attend. Make sure to download a map of the campus so you know exactly where to find the talks and presentations of interest. Jot down any questions you have as you will hopefully get a chance to talk to college staff and/or current students. Plan to arrive in plenty time as there are likely to be very large crowds attending. On the day, try to gather information about accommodation, clubs and societies and student supports. Many HEIs run talks for parents and on grants, HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) so check them out. Make sure to get contact details for any staff members which may be important later for follow-up questions.


There is nothing like a College Open Day to give you a sense of what the campus feels like. Soak up the atmosphere and consider if the size of the campus is the best fit for you. Larger campuses can be intimidating for some students while exciting for others. Smaller campuses can feel more comfortable and manageable. You will know what feels right for you. Bear in mind that open days have a festival feel to them and regular college days are not always like that. This may be your only chance to visit the campus before you register there as a student so make the most of your day and enjoy it!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


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