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Killarney girls are just fizzing with bright ideas

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At the Junior Entrepreneur Programme showcase at The Malton in Killarney were Kathleen O'Connor, Kadie McCannon, Ooma Whieldon and Katie McHugh of Holy Cross Mercy National School with their business "Fun Fizzies". PICTURE: SALLY MACMONAGLE

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THE pupils of Holy Cross Mercy National School have been adding plenty of fizz, fun and pizzazz to proceedings at a major business showcase for Kerry’s youngest entrepreneurs this morning.

The students unveiled their business Fun Fizzies Bath Bomb Company at the Junior Entrepreneur Programme showcase at The Malton.

Children in Aisling Sugrue’s fifth class and Rhonda Daly’s fifth and sixth class are the brains behind the successful scheme which they embarked on in October.

“Having gathered a lot of knowledge, the girls came up with many enterprising ideas and researched their feasibility. After a lot of thought and consideration the children voted on the idea of starting a bath bomb business,” said Aisling.
“Excitement grew as the children conducted as variety of market research amongst their target market. This included conducting surveys, hosting a focus group and doing a blind scent test between commercial bath salts and bath bombs compared to their own homemade product.”

Soon the Fun Fizzies Bath Bomb Company was set up and production began in the classrooms. The children had to finance the company themselves and each child put in an investment of €3 each into the business – which they later received back when the company made profit!

The girls produced hundreds of bath bombs and bath salts in lavender and lemongrass scents. These products all sold out in record time following the showcase and launch day which was held in January in the school.

The generous girls also decided to donate €588 to the nearby Killarney Daffodil Farm’s fundraiser in aid of cancer research. “Elizabeth O'Shea, a third-class pupil in our school, and her dad, Michael, run the Killarney Daffodil Farm so the charity has a close connection with the school,” said Aisling.
Kathleen O'Connor, Kadie McCannon, Ooma Whieldon and Katie McHugh of Holy Cross Mercy National School with their business  


 
"Fun Fizzies Bath Bomb Company". PICTURE: SALLY MACMONAGLE

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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