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Hairdressers call on Government for earlier reopening

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EARLY REOPENING: Sean Taaffe, who is the current President of the Hairdressing Council of Ireland, says they're going to write to Government to make the request to allow hairdressers to reopen earlier.

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By Michelle Crean

 

Hairdressers who say that their industry is one of the safest in the country regarding COVID-19 regulations are to write to the Government requesting that they be allowed to reopen early - possibly as soon as November 20.

As one of their busiest seasons approaches, they say they'll be under pressure to meet the demand of bookings before Christmas.

Currently due to Level 5 restrictions - December 1 is the earliest they can reopen their doors.

Killarney based hairdresser Sean Taaffe, who is the current President of the Hairdressing Council of Ireland, says they're going to write to Government to make the request.

He explained that they won't ever go against any Government or NPHET advice - but as COVID cases across the country continue to drop - and with their industry adhering to strict safety COVID protocols - that it could be very positive, especially for peoples' mental health.

The move comes after ex-HSE chief Tony O'Brien this week called on the Government to allow hairdressers reopen during Level 5, saying that they are amongst the businesses which have shown they can operate safely during the pandemic.

Agreeing with him, Sean Taaffe told the Killarney Advertiser that hairdressers have learnt a lot in the aftermath of the first lockdown.

"I think at the moment anything is possible," Sean said.
"We would be hopeful. It would be fantastic if we could come back two weeks early, even November 20. To be fair our industry has taken it seriously. We're always going to be governed by the Government and take the advice of NPEHT. Hairdressing is one of the safest environments. The Hairdressing Council will certainly be writing to all relevant Government departments based on our proven track record. We were even recognised by the Government as being one of the safest industries in the country."

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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