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Ladies Lifestyle event raises €7,000 for local charities




By Michelle Crean

500 people from across the county heard about all the latest trends in nutrition, fitness and style tips on Thursday last at the Dawn Milk and National Dairy Council Ladies Lifestyle Evening.
Held in the INEC Killarney, the evening was a fantastic success raising €7,000 for the Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation and the Ian O’Connell Trust.
On arrival ladies were welcomed with a cookies and milk reception, and also received a goody bag on the night. The evening also included a fantastic raffle with some amazing prizes including a VIP Day at the Dawn Milk Ladies Day at the Killarney Races on Thursday, July 18, and two tickets to the Spice Girls concert in Croke Park in Dublin this summer.
The event commenced with advice on how to ‘Shape Up Your Nutrition’ with well-known dietitian and author Paula Mee, who sifted through the jargon and gave the audience practical tips and advice that works. One of Ireland’s most successful personal trainers and health blogger Nathalie Lennon gave lots of fitness and well-being advice. Nathalie also demonstrated exercises that could be completed at home with the assistance of MC Alan Finn of Radio Kerry.
Following the interval, style queen Celia Holman Lee revealed all her secrets in a Beauty and Lifestyle Q&A with MC Alan Finn. Celia also showcased a fabulous style segment with fashion from local Killarney boutiques MacBees, Scarlett Boutique and Weardrobe.
“We would like to thank everyone who attended the Ladies Lifestyle Evening and supported our two charities,” John O’Sullivan, General Manager, Dawn Milk said.
“The evening was a great success with lots of advice and tips from our guest speakers Paula Mee, Nathalie Lennon and Celia Holman Lee.”

[caption id="attachment_25475" align="aligncenter" width="2807"] FUN AND FITNESS: Jerry Dwyer (Lee Strand), Celia Holman Lee (The Celia Holman Lee Modelling Agency), Alan Finn (Radio Kerry), John O'Sullivan (Lee Strand), Ian O'Connell (The Ian O'Connell Trust), Paula Mee (Nutritionist) and Finbarr Walsh (The Donal Walsh Foundation), Nathalie Lennon (Fitness Blogger) and Eammon Carroll Cahir pictured at the Dawn Milk and NDC Ladies Lifestyle evening in The INEC on Thursday. Photos: Sally MacMonagle[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25476" align="aligncenter" width="2807"] Emma Cooper, Rena Cooper, Laura Phelan, Muireann Hughes and Carmel Buckley from Rathmore.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25477" align="aligncenter" width="2807"] Olivia Buckley, Mary Buckley and Bernadette Slattery from Castlegregory with guest speaker Celia Holman Lee.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25478" align="aligncenter" width="2807"] Marie Ryan, Kathleen Clifford, Mary B‡n, Tralee, and Moss Allen from Lixnaw.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25479" align="aligncenter" width="2807"] Teresa Higgins Walker, Sinead Joy and Imelda O'Connor from Ballymac pictured with Celia Holman Lee.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25480" align="aligncenter" width="2807"] Tina Slabys, Caitriona Brosnan, Irene Warton and Mary Murphy from Rathmore, pictured with guest speaker Celia Holman Lee.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25481" align="aligncenter" width="2807"] Eileen Keller from Banteer, Jackie Gavaghan, Liz Foley from Tralee, and Marion Horgan from Millstreet with guest speaker Celia Holman Lee.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25482" align="aligncenter" width="2807"] Mary Griffin, Mary Ashe, Bred Costello, Katlyn Coffey and Kathleen Coffey from Killorglin pictured with Celia Holman Lee.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25483" align="aligncenter" width="2806"] Siobhan Devane, Anne Devane, Kielduff, Judith Dillane, Carmel Patton and Joan Hill and Celia Holman Lee.[/caption]



Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]




Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]




They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at

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