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Local beautician plans free treatments for frontline workers

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By Michelle Crean

Hairdressers and beauty therapists around Ireland – including one local business – are planning to join forces for a "massive day of thank you" to frontline healthcare workers.

The 'Frontline Give Back Day' will take place when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and will see salons offer a day of free treatments to frontline healthcare workers.

The day is the idea of Tullamore, Co Offaly, business-owner Olivia Murray who put a call-out on Instagram for other businesses to join the initiative. Businesses are encouraged to offer six treatments or six hours of personal care to frontline staff.

And one local beautician who answered the call is Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Salon located in Fair Hill.

Jill says that although she’s currently closed to the public, she is more than happy to give something back when she reopens.

“I have signed up for the 'Frontline Give Back Day Campaign’ whereby I will be offering free treatments to our amazing frontline angels in the hopefully not too distant future!” Jill told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“I will be opening my salon doors some Sunday to offer some much needed and deserved massage, beauty or body treatments absolutely free of charge. Our amazing frontline staff are working tirelessly to keep us and our loved ones safe during these challenging times. We will never truly be able to thank them enough for what they are doing for our families, for our communities and for our country, but together we can show them our appreciation through little acts of kindness like this. In times like these, the saying ‘alone we can do so little; together we can do so much’ really rings true.”

She said it’s hard to know when to open as they'll have to wait and see what happens on May 5 first.

"When we do reopen we will put the health of our clients first and have stringent safety measures in place. We can’t wait to meet all our clients again.”

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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