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Loreto Students “Tick Kit” Wins Junior Entrepreneur Project




Loreto Pupils are celebrating this week after winning the” Community Champions Award” with their “Tick Kit” Project at the Junior Entrepreneur Project Showcase Day in the R.D.S., Dublin on Monday 18th June.

According to Mary O’Sullivan (Principal) “Winning a national prize is a huge achievement and this is a proud day for Loreto.  Great credit is due to 5th and 6th class and their teacher Mr. Looney for all their hard work with the Junior Entrepreneur Programme.

The whole process was a wonderful experience for the children in how to develop a business – empowering young people to turn ideas into reality.

The idea originated when 6th class pupil Ali O’Donoghue was bitten by a tick and discovered what little information was available to treat tick bites.  She and her class mates researched the topic and came up with the idea of the Tick Kit.

The Junior Entrepreneur is all about working as a team and this was a great team effort. Every child in 5th and 6th class was involved in making the Tick Kits and was well able to explain the product and sell it.

The Budding Entrepreneurs explained:


  • We have developed a Tick Kit for our Junior Entrepreneur Programme(JEP) project.
  • The Tick Kit will also ensure that each of us is more aware of what a tick is; how to remove it safely and also teach others while, as entrepreneurs, hopefully making a profit.
  • The Tick Kit would be useful on walks, runs and days out. It can be used by people and on pets.
  • It only costs €8 per Tick Kit


The Tick Kit comes in a small plastic container and it contains:

  • [x2] tick twisters
  • [x2] circle plasters
  • [x2] anti-septic wipes
  • A pair a rubber gloves
  • Instructions on the inside of the lid

From an early stage we saw huge potential in the idea

  1. as being of benefit to the community
  2. as a future fundraiser for the school.


The children made a presentation to the Muckross Community Association public meeting on Lyme Disease.  People were very interested to note that the correct way to remove a tick safely is to use a tick twister.

The Junior Entrepreneur Showcase Day in the RDS took place on Monday 18th June.  480 schools took part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme and 160 schools were represented in the RDS.

We were very proud of our pupils who were well able to handle media interviews, queries and sales on their stand.

There were nine awards and it was a huge achievement for Loreto to scoop the” Community Champions Award.”

We would like to thank David Rea, producer of Celtic Steps  who visited the children and gave them great advice about setting up a business, our secretary Margaret, our SNA Noreen and our parents who also gave great help and support.  It has been a great learning experience for the children in how to develop a business. They have shown initiative and learned skills of teamwork and co-operation.

Looking to the future we are very grateful to parents who have come on board to market the Tick Kit. It will be for sale locally with profits going to the school.

Congratulations again to Mr. Looney and 5th and 6th class.  It is a great achievement and a proud day for them and for all of us in Loreto.”

For more information please contact Scoil Bhríde on 064 6632484.

For orders Geraldine McGlynn on 086 6772174

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Taking care of your skin at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning and exfoliating your face, neck and décolleté.

Serums, eye creams and moisturisers: Moisturising provides a protective layer to the skin that locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated. This hydration is what gives your skin a smooth and luminous appearance. This is the step in your skincare routine you don’t want to skip. We always apply the serum closest to the skin as it’s water based and needs to be absorbed on the deepest layer of the skin; the basal layer which is the active layer. It’s where the collagen and elastin start to grow and move up towards the surface of the skin. The more hyaluronic acid, peptides, ribose, and active ingredients in your serums the better. We need to keep our fibroblasts, melanocytes healthy as they are the source of plump, juicy skin.

An eye cream to me is the most important cream as the eye area is a place that doesn’t have any sebaceous glands (oil gland). These glands help remove old skin cells, keep the skin lubricated and prevent tissues drying out. Therefore, for me, I always use an eyelid lifting serum, eye cream in the night time and eye roll-on gel in the morning. Our eyes can make us look older than we are so it’s important to look after them. It’s very important not to go too close to the eye when applying creams as the skin is very thin. A little bit often makes a big difference.

When applying your serum and cream rub upwards and outwards; be careful not to tug the delicate skin around the eyes.

Apply SPF all year round, it’s the most important step in preventing skin cancer and keeps your skin healthy as you age. Protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays helps maintain a healthy youthful visage. However, it’s important to remember the best form of sun block is to keep your face in the shade.

With all skincare routines, it’s important to keep it consistant. Do it twice a day every day and follow with monthly facials. Your skin is the largest organ on the body. This means that it’s important to take good care of it.

For more information, or to book a skin consultation or facial, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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What do we mean by ‘Employability’?

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, a member of the Kerry Branch of IGC and a career consultant at Follow @mycareerplan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.




By Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor

According to experts in the area of career development, the term ‘employability’ refers to a set of achievements that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations.

This in turn benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy. At this stage in the year Leaving Cert students are well into the process of trying to decide what step they want to take next. It is a daunting task for many of you because of the variety of choices available and the challenge for young people at 17 or 18 years of age to really know what career they might like. It is important to remember that you aren’t choosing a career for life, you are taking the next step and you will be building on that as your career develops. A big concern for many students and parents is whether they will get a job at the end of their chosen course or pathway. While we have some indications of where there will be skills shortages in the short to medium term, the jobs market is subject to change.


One thing we can be sure of is that, regardless of what pathway you take after the Leaving Cert, be that Further Education courses (FET), traineeships, apprenticeships or university courses, on completion of your training and education you will want to be ‘employable’. In simple terms ‘employability’ depends on your knowledge (what you know) your skills (what you do with what you know) and your attitude (how you approach things). As you research the various options open to you after you finish school, remember you are heading into a working world that values transferable skills which include specialist knowledge in the subject, field of study or technical area you have chosen to follow. It also places huge emphasis on having the ability to analyse, evaluate and use information effectively to problem-solve and to organise and communicate knowledge well. Furthermore, your personal qualities are a core part of your offering to a potential employer – your ability to work on your own initiative, to self-manage, to manage time and meet targets and deadlines. Central to all of this of course is the ability to collaborate, to work and study as part of a team.

If you are struggling to decide between courses or options, focus on finding an area that you really want to find out more about. You will develop a set of transferable skills which will give you flexibility and adaptability as you grow and develop in your career. All of the other things you do will add value to your degree/qualification and that is what will ensure your ‘employability’!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, a member of the Kerry Branch of IGC and a career consultant at Follow @mycareerplan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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