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Kilcummin’s outdoor peat baths a first in Ireland

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UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: Liam Counihan has opened Ireland's only outdoor peat baths in Kilcummin.

By Michelle Crean

 

After a long and unexpected lockdown many may be feeling the need for a big detox - and Ireland's only outdoor peat baths in Kilcummin may be just the answer.

Killarney Peat Baths, owned and managed by Liam Counihan at Inch Kilcummin, only opened for business for the very first time this week.

The innovative and unique outdoor experience is a health haven and can only be found in European cities such as the Czech Republic, Liam explained this week to the Killarney Advertiser.

"I first experienced the hot springs in the Rocky Mountains in Canada in 2007. The water was thousands of years old and contained elements of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and other elements beneficial to the body. It's very healthy, you feel good mentally as well as physically afterwards."

Liam decided to break into the Irish market after discovering an Irish company was making a range of skincare products from peat.

"Further research told me that there were peat bath facilities in many countries in central Europe and that there were many muds used in health spas around the world. I sent samples of our peat to the lab and the analysis showed the same elements that are found in health treatments all over the world. In the Rockies you have many hot springs, the Dead Sea have mud baths and the Japanese have their Ashiyu where they just sit and bathe their feet, and the Turkish Rasul that combines various muds and steam within a chamber."

Liuam decided to renovate old stone buildings on the land and since 2016 has been supplying health spas in Ireland with his Danú Ishka range of peat baths, face masks and body wraps.

Now Killarney Peat Baths are opened to the public where just natural peat and bog water are heated up in a tub.

He has installed a large bath to accommodate up to six people but as COVID-19 restrictions are in place currently this is only suitable for family members. There's also two single outdoor baths which can be used by couples or family members.

"We are located outdoors beside a bog in Kilcummin. An outdoor peat shower is added to test your sense of fun and adventure, but a hot shower is also provided before you go home."

To find out more visit www.killarneypeatbaths.com.

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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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