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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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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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