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Healy-Raes rev up their Harleys to support services for muscular dystrophy in Kerry

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8-5-2016: The healy-raes Michael and Danny with Liam O Maonlai of The Hothouse Flowers John Keogh, ireland Bikefest, Breffni Ingerton Ireland Bikefest, John Bennett, CEO, MDI and Patrick Flanagan, MDI in Killarney on Sunday at the launch of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland's Harley-Davidson® Raffle/Draw which takes place during the Ireland Bikefest Festival on June 5th. The draw aims to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy, as well as funds for the provision of an MDI Support Worker in County Kerry. The raffle/draw will see supporters of MDI – Bikefesters – promoting the raffle nationwide, offering participants the opportunity to buy a €4 ticket to win their very own Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Muscular dystrophy is a rare, and potentially life-limiting, muscle-wasting condition that is estimated to affect approximately 1,500 people across Ireland. There is no known cure. For more information visit www.mdi.ie Photo: Don MacMonagle REPRO FREE PHOTO FROM MDI

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THE Healy-Rae brothers saddled up early in advance of Ireland BikeFest, getting on their bikes yesterday to highlight a raffle that is taking place in aid of supports and services for people with muscular dystrophy in Kerry.

The independent Kerry TDs Michael and Danny Healy-Rae donned their leathers and motorcycle helmets to generate support for the Muscular Dystrophy Ireland National Harley-Davidson® Raffle which sees one lucky member of the public ride off with a Harley Davidson® at this year's Ireland BikeFest taking place in Killarney over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

It's all part of a thrilling fundraising initiative where people can enter into a draw to win a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Monies raised will go to fund essential supports and services to people affected by muscular dystrophy and their families in County Kerry.

To enter the raffle, members of the public can simply text "BIKEFEST" to 50300* with each text costing €4, plus there is absolutely no limit to the number of entries a person can make, so even more chances to win! [*100 per cent of this donation goes to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 will go to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 680 5278.

BikeFest is Ireland’s largest free open biker festival and 2016 marks the tenth year of a unique and special relationship with Muscular Dystrophy Ireland as its official charity partner. Muscular dystrophy is a rare, and potentially life-limiting, muscle-wasting condition that is estimated to affect approximately 1,500 people across Ireland. There is no known cure.

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland’s CEO, John Bennett, is keen to acknowledge the long-standing support received from Ireland BikeFest over ten years. Speaking following the launch, Mr Bennett said:

"For over 44 years, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland has been on the ground all over the country supporting people with muscular dystrophy and their families to live their lives to the full. Thanks to Ireland BikeFest, we have been able to deliver critical services and supports ranging from youth activities, to family and respite support, to medical research programmes. This year all funds raised from Muscular

Dystrophy Ireland's National Harley-Davidson® Raffle will stay in the Kingdom to support our local members.

"We are extremely grateful to Ireland BikeFest for allowing Muscular Dystrophy Ireland this platform, not only to raise funds, but also to raise awareness of the work that we do and the inspiring lives of the people that we support. We are also honoured to have Deputies Michael and Danny Healy-Rae on board as ambassadors. They really have gotten into the spirit of things by literally 'riding' to our rescue, and their support offers a great endorsement of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland's work."

Kerry TDs Michael and Danny Healy-Rae stated before the launch: “We are delighted to host the launch of the Muscular Dystrophy Ireland's National Harley-Davidson® Raffle to help raise funds for a great organisation. This occasion provides a very important opportunity for MDI to engage with the people and communities of Kerry and to help fund their services in our county. The money raised will fund vital services in the county to help improve the lives of MDI members.”

Patrick O’Donoghue, managing director of The Gleneagle Hotel, host of Ireland BikeFest said: "The Muscular Dystrophy Ireland National Harley-Davidson® Raffle is a wonderful way to raise funds and also to raise awareness. Muscular Dystrophy Ireland carries out incredible work on behalf of their members and we are delighted to play our part in supporting them."

For more information on the Muscular Dystrophy Ireland National Harley-Davidson® Raffle, Freefone 1800 24 53 00, visit www.mdi.ie, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musculardystrophyireland and on Twitter @MDI_Ireland

 


 

Deputies Michael and Danny Healy-Rae with Liam O Maonlai of The Hothouse Flowers John Keogh, Ireland BikeFest, Breffni Ingerton Ireland BikeFest, John Bennett, CEO, MDI and Patrick Flanagan, MDI in Killarney on Sunday at the launch of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland's Harley-Davidson® Raffle/Draw which takes place during the Ireland BikeFest Festival on June 5.
PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

They are administered by our in-house Dr. Micheal Flynn who has been attending our salon for the past 10 years. It is the double chin and neck area that is treated and is suitable for both men and women. If you haven’t heard of fat dissolving, it is a very popular and relatively new treatment that is used to target stubborn pockets of fat on the jaw line and chin area. The injection dissolves and eliminates fat cells in a safe and effective way, making it perfect for dealing with stubborn fat that simply won’t budge with exercise.

The main ingredient is a fat dissolving substance sodium deoxycholate, which is found naturally in the body. This is injected into the treatment area which over time will destroy the fat cells. These are then removed from the body by its own lymphatic system, a complex network that rids the body of unwanted toxins and waste.

It is important to understand that fat dissolving injections are not a weight loss treatment. The injections should only be used on people who are a healthy size or carrying a little extra weight. It’s most effective on the pockets of fat stored under the jawline, known as the double chin, a migration of fat cells from the cheeks to the jaw line.

The injections work at a slow pace. It can take serval weeks for full results, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. The results are permanent, once you don’t gain a massive amount of weight.

The next clinic is Monday August 22. To book an appointment or more information, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Classic tractor drivers to embark on 400km drive to Killarney

By Sean Moriarty Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors. They are participating in the annual […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors.

They are participating in the annual Eastern Vintage Club’s Ring of Kerry Tractor Run which is raising funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over 50 vintage tractors, including the six Killarney examples, will leave Nobber in County Meath at lunchtime on Wednesday.

After an overnight stop in the midlands on Wednesday night and Newcastle West on Thursday night, the tractors are expected in Killarney town centre just after lunchtime on Friday.

The ‘spectacular show’, now a regular feature of the Killarney summer, will bring the town to a standstill for around one hour.

On Saturday morning the group will depart Tony Wharton’s farm in Fossa before a nine-hour drive around the Ring of Kerry.

The run will finish with a spectacular drive through the Gap of Dunloe.

“We hope to pass through town around 3.30pm on Friday,” said local organiser, Tom Wharton, who is one of the six Killarney-based drivers who will undertake the 400km journey from County Meath to Killarney. “It is always a spectacular show.”

On arrival in Killarney, tractors will be joined by a group of classic cars that will depart Nobber at 9am that morning.

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