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KC Print showcase Irish Motorsport abroad



MEETING HEROES: Dermot Healy of Killarney and District Motor Club with rally legend Paddy Hopkirk and Cormac Casey of KDMC and KC Print.


The Killarney Advertiser’s parent firm KC Print, which is based in Lissivigeen, was one of the prime movers behind Motorsport Ireland’s (MI) debut appearance at Autosport International last weekend.


The Irish governing body broke new ground by exhibiting at Europe’s biggest motor racing trade fair in Birmingham.


MI’S attendance at the show was made possible by support from a number of motor clubs across the country including Killarney and District Motor Club (KDMC).


Over the four days, MI and KDMC officials met with thousands of visitors as they promoted Irish events to international drivers and fans.


The visually impressive stand was designed in-house by KC Print’s design team while designers and journalists from Ireland’s biggest trade printers and the Killarney Advertiser were responsible for producing all of the promotional material that was made available to the thousands of fans who visited the show over the four days.


“It was a great opportunity for KC Print to show off its capability to an international audience,” KC Print Managing Director, Cormac Casey, who is also a self-confessed motorsport enthusiast, said. “Our print business knows motorsport and we know what motor clubs and organisers are trying to achieve so we are the number one choice when it comes to motorsport promotional material in Ireland. The fact that Motorsport Ireland chose KC Print from its initial design concept to delivering everything to the NEC in Birmingham last weekend proves this.”


The purpose of the visit was to encourage more UK and European drivers and fans to attend Irish events over the coming season with both the Rally of the Lakes and The Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally set to be two of the main beneficiaries.


The late Russell Brookes was the last overseas driver to win the Rally of the Lakes in 1989.

The same year he became the last foreign driver to win the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship title. This is a statistic that Irish organisers are keen to address.


“We came here not knowing what the reaction would be,” said outgoing Rally of the Lakes clerk of the course Dermot Healy. “The reaction has been overwhelming and we have met people from all over Europe. In my opinion, this should become an annual event. We learned a lot.”


Visitors to the Motorsport Ireland stand over the four days included rally legend and 1981 World Champion Ari Vatanen, and also 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk who revealed that he has a holiday home in South Kerry and often visites the county.


Killarney-based World Rally Championship co-driver Paul Nagle attended on Friday, and London Irish Motor Club secretary John F O’Mahony from Muckross visited on Saturday.

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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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Annual Christmas motorbike charity road run launched

The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18. The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in […]




The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18.

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort and Eagle Lodge in Tralee.

Now in its sixth year, the run, which is organised by an amalgamation of several Kerry motorcycle clubs under the banner of Kerry Bikers, will visit Killarney.

The run gets underway at 10.30am from Tralee. The first stop off is in Sheahan’s Centra on the Muckross Road where the Tralee group will be joined by local motorcyclists before setting off on a yet to be decided route.

“We will announce the route in Killarney. Last year we went to Killorglin, Farranfore and Castleisland. This year Abbeyfeale and Listowel may be in reach and if so we will make donations to Nano Nagle Special School too,” organiser Dave Foley said.

Over one hundred motorcycles are expected to take part in the run. Last year the full convoy measured 1.6km from start to finish.

“We hope to exceed that this year,” added Foley


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