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Killarney Celtic FC increasing its visibility



CELTIC GIRLS: Pictured are: Cliona Moynihan, Eva O'Shea Zoe and Counihan Kate Healy.


When Killarney Celtic FC look back on 2020 there will be many things they will not want to remember - but from a sporting point of view one of the success stories is the 20x20 ‘If She Can’t See It She Can’t Be It’ Club Charter.


Sports clubs have never been more important than they are at present and Killarney Celtic is one of a number of Kerry Schoolboys Girls League clubs that signed up to the 20x20 Charter. They join over 300 clubs in 23 sports who have signed up.

The club will now proudly fly the 20x20 member flag at all events at its grounds in Dirreen while the Charter will be displayed in the clubhouse and the logo will appear on the club’s social media sites.


There are three pillars to the 20x20 Charter which are to increase the visibility of and the participation of both players and coaches in the female section of the club by 20 percent during the year and actively promote and increase the attendance for the female teams in the club.

Killarney Celtic is proud of its long history of giving the same opportunities to play soccer at all ages from its Academy onwards.

Club Chairman Paul Sherry said that Killarney Celtic is very proud that almost 30 percent of the playing membership of the club is in the female section and the club now plan to continue to grow this section over the coming years.

“Our girls start in the ‘Soccer Tots’ programme along with the boys ages four to six, and then we have 17 girls in our Academy, 111 girls on our teams from U10/11s to 17s as well as having 10 girls in our ‘Football for All’ section,” he said.
“The club also has a number of very dedicated coaches who work with the girls to ensure that they both enjoy and learn the game and are given the opportunity to play at their highest level. The coaches are fully Garda vetted and qualified to various levels on the FAI Coach Education pathway.

“On the competitive side one of our greatest days came in 2013 when in early December our U14s were crowned Women’s FAI Munster Champions defeating Holly Hill from Cork 3-1. For the record Hannah O’Donoghue, who went on to play with Cork City Women, scored a hat-trick in a Player of the Match performance. We also reached the National U12 Girls Cup final in 2018 losing out to Mervue United from Galway by a last minute goal.


“The club has built up a very good relationship with Cork City Women’s side and they have visited us on a number of occasions where they have conducted training sessions for our girls. As well as this a number of our players train with their academy and we also have girls in the FAI Regional Centre of Excellence in Limerick. The club also provides players and coaches to the KSBGL for its Inter League competitions including the prestigious Gaynor Cup.

“But like our boys section while the club and our coaches are delighted when our girl’s teams are successful this is not the most important thing. Our main focus is on developing the girls by teaching them the skills of the game and the enjoyment that can be found by being part of a team.”

Killarney Celtic is ideally placed to welcome new girls to the club with training taking place on its All Weather pitches. The club invites parents and girls of all ages to come along to training and try out the beautiful game. Training times are on the club’s social media pages or you can leave a message on 083 8392059 with your query.

[caption id="attachment_34629" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Ella O'Connor, Anna O'Shea, Clodagh Daly, Michella Mulry, Ellie O'Shea and Eimear Furlong.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34628" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Yelizaveta Malberg, Kaysey O'Connor, Anne O'Shaughnessy and Niamh Brosnan.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34627" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Hannah Casey, Bethany Moynihan, Grainne O'Leary and Emma Daly.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34626" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Cora O'Donovan, Clodagh Clancy, Caoimhe O'Sullivan and Grainne Kelliher.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34625" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Amelia Carroll, Kelly Grace, Cox Caoimhe Cronin and Sarah Warren.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34624" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Louise O'Donoghue, Ali Bowler, Jodie Barton and Tara Cronin.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_34630" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Megan Sheehan, Kate Forde, Maggie Hickey, Emily Buckley, AnnaKate Daly and Liadh Forde.[/caption]


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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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