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Macra members continue their activities



MOVING ONLINE: Killarney Macra members, pictured enjoying a walk in Kilcummin before the Level 5 restrictions, are continuing their interactions online.

By Michelle Crean

COVID may have put a halt to their many meet ups but Killarney Macra members are continuing their interactions - albeit online for now.

Whilst 2020, so far, has not granted most people the usual opportunities to socialise, the club has been working hard to promote its community spirit and create a positive communication space for young people.

The Killarney branch of Macra na Feirme was re-established in 2016 and was created to support the social, cultural and personal well-being of young people and adults who have a rural connection. Since then the club has gone from strength to strength, winning many awards in Macra hosted talent shows and sports events. Hikes, nights out, quizzes, farm visits, workshops and mystery tours are just some of the brilliant activities that have taken place over the years. Members have also dedicated many hours to organising and holding charity fundraisers, such as a jive dance night in 2019, in aid of the palliative care unit in University Hospital Kerry.

During the summer, the club organised various hikes in the county, such as Torc and Kilcummin, whilst also holding weekly outdoor sports events in Killarney. In Level 2 restrictions, several members were able to take part in, and win, the county round of a Macra bowling tournament.


This year, Killarney Macra have been adapting to the restrictions that COVID-19 regulations have placed on its usual schedule of events, by setting up imaginative online alternatives when necessary. They generated lots of engagement amongst their members when a photography competition was held in April, and another competition is set to take place later this month. Many of the club participants have joined in for Zoom quizzes and game nights; often playing the very popular ‘Among Us’.

“It’s been a great opportunity to get to know more of the Killarney Macra members and keep in touch with people who we haven’t been able to meet up with,” club member and Social Officer, Rory O’Connor, said.

Killarney Macra will continue to offer a diverse range of events that meet the interests of its young members. Over the coming months they will continue to promote their interaction with other Macra groups, as well as hosting games nights, quizzes, competitions and a book club. Killarney Macra hosts monthly online meetings via Zoom and it is a great way to make new friends, share ideas and have a bit of craic!

Killarney Macra na Feirme is open to all young people over 17, and it not restricted to those from farming backgrounds.

More information on the club can be found on their Facebook page, Instagram account or the Macra na Feirme website.

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Detox Wrap will leave you feeling energised

It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap. This wrap is suitable for males and […]




It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap.

This wrap is suitable for males and females.
This wrap will boost your energy levels and make you feel like yourself again. Having loads of BBQs and nights out or feeling bloated and sluggish, unmotivated.
This wrap is a great way to boost energy by increasing lymphatic drainage, which helps the body’s natural detox system to release bad toxins. By aiding the lymphatic system and increasing the negative, harmful toxins. Your body will immediately start to feel better, more motivated, and increased energy. Your skin will feel better and bring your glow back.

The process is having sea clay applied all over the body, followed by bandages wrapped in a specific way to lift and firm the skin and finally you are tucked up in a heated blanket….. to sweat out the negative toxins. following the treatment, you have a three-day detox, no tea, coffee, fried fatty foods, fizzy drinks, processed foods or even a shower to leave the active clay and get to work on the lymphatic system.

This is a seriously great treatment, that really works if you follow the process. As the heat from the blanket helps to open your pores on the body the sea clay can go into the deep layers of the skin, when you unwrap the clay is trapped in the skin and its ingredients get to work.

Bentonite has excellent drainage properties for full detox and skin clarification.

Magnesium sulphate stimulates peripheral skin circulation, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory.
Magnesium Chloride has valuable mineral salt and permits cellular balance, combats stress and fluid retention, and has anti-bacterial properties.

Zinc oxide, bacterium properties and anti-inflammatory.

Sodium Chloride detoxifies tissues and tightens the skin.

They work best the longer they are left on the skin and the longer you detox. I wouldn’t claim a 2-hour treatment can do amazing results without the homework. The clay isn’t dirty looking on the skin, it looks more like a cloud of chalky dust on the outer skin, the active properties have been absorbed into the skin.
The skin may feel a little different while the clay is working, but the results are worth it. It’s a great treatment after weight loss, pregnancy, liposuction or just re-energises you as a whole.
for more information or to make an appointment call Jill at 064-6632966


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Puck Goat removed from platform in searing heat

Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat. Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in […]




Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat.

Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in Killorglin town. As part of the fair’s tradition a wild mountain goat presides over the town from his tall platform over the course of the three days.

Organisers employ a dedicated vet to look after the goat and a team of experienced goat handlers are also on duty for the duration of the festival.

There is also a temperature monitoring device on the platform.

As temperatures hit 29 degrees today (Thursday), the vet and handlers decided it was safer for the goat to be removed from the platform for the rest of the day.

“He is currently resting in the shade,” spokesperson Marcella O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser. “The handlers were monitoring him in case it got too hot, the decision was made to take him down, and the vet says he is happy.”

A decision will be made tomorrow (Friday) on the goat’s return to the platform for the final day of the fair.


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