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Local hairdresser wins national award

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By Michelle Crean

 

Local hairdresser and businessman Sean Taaffe has secured a national award. He was announced recently as Irelands’ 'Hair Colourist of the Year 2020' at the HABIC Ireland Best of the Best Awards 2020 for the hair and beauty industry.

The award night is usually a glitzy affair, this year however like so many other events, the results were announced online. This didn’t take from the anticipation and excitement and the virtual celebrations which followed!

This year saw the prestigious Best of the Best industry awards join forces with HABIC – the Hair and Beauty Industry Confederation of Ireland, for the first time. The Best of the Best Photographic Awards showcase the immense talent that Ireland’s Hair and Beauty industry has to offer. It does so by acknowledging outstanding performers within the sector. With the backing and support of HABIC, this year’s awards attracted substantially higher entry levels for both its national and international awards. This year’s awards also launched a number of new award categories including a number of business awards for Best Hair Salon, Best Barber Shop, Best Beauty Salon, and Best Green Salon. The adjudication process for the business awards includes a panel adjudication combined with an online public vote to reveal the ultimate winners.

Growing steadily from its humble beginnings back in 1998, the awards are a four-month long process involving a prestigious panel of international judges and culminating in the Hair & Beauty Photographic Awards evening.

The entries for this prestigious award were of an extreme high standard and competition was fierce, Sean explained.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the win, delighted to continue to be at the forefront of hairdressing nearly 32 years on. I’d like to thank my team for their continued loyalty and hard work,” he said.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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