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Hit Apple TV show to feature bespoke Killarney product

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By Michelle Crean

Millions of eyes across the globe are set to see a unique Killarney product in a drama series which features top Hollywood actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Former 'Friends' star Aniston or even Witherspoon could plant their bum on a bespoke cushion which was handmade by Killarney business 'BabaBarock' located at The Reeks Gateway.

So far the Season 2 official trailer for 'The Morning Show' on Apple TV+ has over five million views - but many more millions are watching the series - with all eyes set to see the product made by Karen Mahony in one of the later episodes.

Karen, who admits to watching the series like a hawk to see her cushion, works alongside her husband Alex Ukolov and a small team in the Baba Studio where they make bespoke products which are sold worldwide.

And it's not only cushions they make but embroidered charms, pillows, jewellery, bags, purses and even Tarot cards. Each item is carefully planned out, materials purchased and designs made for the final unique products.

Karen said that a set designer from California made contact some time ago and purchased the item.

"It was just out of the blue," Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

"He must have seen it on our online shop. We were very surprised. We're hoping Jennifer Aniston sits on it or Reese Witherspoon, it's funny. It's a big show, a drama series about newscasters. He bought it and asked us to rush it out. I'm just waiting to see it."

Karen, who attended the Royal College of Art in London, together with her husband Alex who trained at a well-known art college in the Ukraine, explained that combining their artistic flare makes their products "very special" and "high end".

"My husband is Russian and it's got a crossover of the west meets east."

She added that although they don't sell a lot in Ireland they do have a huge market in America, Canada and Asia.

"We sell literally all over the world, mainly America and Canada but a lot in Asia and South Korea which is interesting. We're even getting orders from Vietnam and China. Everything is very decorative. We're working out of a workshop in the Czech Republic too."

She added that they also won an export award for the Local Enterprise Office recently.

"It's nice for the local people to know we're around. They said that we're one of the biggest exports for the type of work we do."

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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