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Have your cake and eat it as new Christmas kits launched

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By Michelle Crean

The arduous chore of Christmas cake making has been made a whole lot simpler thanks to one local socially conscious business who launched their new idea this week.

Staff at the Going Green Cafe and Refill Store on Beech Road will from today (Friday) sell their brand new Christmas Cake Kits for €30 with money received going to support the work they do.

Each ingredient has been carefully measured in recycled glasswear, the eggs are fresh from KASI’s gardens in Ballycasheen, and not only that, but the kit comes complete with a recipe, all you have to do is bind it with love.

In aiming to generate ongoing income streams to fund their work in the community, KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, have established a number of social enterprises including Going Green.

The team are helping to promote integration of migrants into Irish society through training, employment and visibility, with a cafe as well as a zero-waste refill store upstairs.

The refill store is also proving to have a benefit on society and the environment by helping the people of Killarney cut down on packaging and plastic waste, increase the re-use of glass and plastic containers and introducing more eco-conscious habits into their daily lives.

The unique atmosphere at Going Green is quickly garnering a loyal customer base of socially conscious communities supporting this innovative social enterprise business model.

“We are conscious of the need for our collective response to the climate and ecological crisis worldwide, and our social enterprise Going Green is giving the people of Killarney an opportunity to think global but act local in supporting the Christmas Cake Kit," Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, KASI coordinator, said.

"We are so excited to welcome the local community on this journey towards going green and supporting the migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in our locality."

And she added that they have taken the hard work, packaging waste and excess cost out of shopping for our customers and supporters.

"We have sourced the majority of the ingredients for the kit from our refill store, upstairs at Going Green. Why not drop by for a coffee while you pick up your Christmas Cake Kit!"

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Get the gift of amazing skin this Christmas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Treat your loved ones or yourself to a powerful professional skincare gift set. Rarely can you, or should you, get by with using one single skincare product. For a well-rounded skincare routine you have to at least use a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser and SPF. Whether […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Treat your loved ones or yourself to a powerful professional skincare gift set.

Rarely can you, or should you, get by with using one single skincare product. For a well-rounded skincare routine you have to at least use a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser and SPF. Whether you already know your hyaluronic acids, vitamins or are a skincare newbie, a Sothys skincare product will make the perfect gift. They are beautifully packaged and have great offers, e.g. half price serums.

Gift set 1: Youthful Skin hydration duo; €115, with hyaluronic acid. It’s a cream and serum set.

This rich, protective cream is recommended for dry, ageing skin. The patented formula ensures maximum hydration by forming a protective film on the skin and delivering hyaluronic acid via a cosmetics patch over an eight hour period. This highly effective intensive rehydrating serum is used to provide an immediate source of deep hydration and a lasting restore moisture. The skin will look and feel regenerated and smothered with an increase of up to 60% hydration and a notable reduction of transepidermal water loss.

Gift set 2 : Wrinkle specific set €128 (saving €50 purchase the cream and receive the serum half price).

This helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles maintaining the skin tone and preserve an even complexion.

Gift set 3: Radiance Eye cream €62 or cyro eye roll-on (receive two free express eye patches).

For wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, the cream visibly combats everyday eye contour concerns that can leave eyes looking dull and tired. Containing peptides for anti-wrinkle action and active ingredients to protect from blue light and to increase radiance.

Gift set 4: Detox Energie €122 (saving €44.50)

This is an amazing set; detoxifying, anti-pollution, rebalancing the microbiome and helps boost intracellular energy, and the skin regains it vitality and looks younger.

These are a few beautifully presented gift sets of our cosmetical professional skincare line. You can order by calling in or over the phone. For more information call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Killorglin mother and son pen poetry book

By Michelle Crean What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son. The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just […]

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By Michelle Crean

What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son.

The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just in time for Christmas.

And all proceeds will be donated to Comfort for Chemo, an organisation whose mission it is to build and equip a chemotherapy unit for the people of Kerry.

The charity is close to the young author’s heart as Conor himself was undergoing cancer treatment while writing this book.

With original poetry by the mother and son, the book also has another separate family connection as the talented illustrators are local artists, father-daughter duo Con and Rochelle Lucey, with each page awash with colour and beautiful drawings.

“I know first-hand how important it is to have a comfortable environment while receiving chemotherapy,” Conor said.

‘A Very Kerry Year’ is currently available for €12 from The Crystal Cave and the Reeks District Tourist Office in Killorglin and will soon be available in many more outlets throughout the county.

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