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Make-up artists thrilled to receive national awards

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NATIONAL AWARDS: Annette O'Brien and Marilyn McSweeney, freelance make-up artists from Killarney who both won national awards. Photo: Michele Crean

By Michelle Crean

 

It’s not every day you win a national award – but two came to Killarney at the same time as local make-up artists scooped top honours.

Annette O'Brien and Marilyn McSweeney, freelance make-up artists from Killarney were delighted to have each won a local Brides of Kerry award – but were shocked to learn that they both also received awards at the Irish Make-Up Awards 2019 on Sunday night.

Annette, who has worked with Suzanne Jackson of So Sue Me, secured the ‘Celebrity Make-up Artist of the Year’ award beating off some of Ireland’s best at a big celebration of the Irish make-up industry in the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel, which was attended by over 400 guests and the glamorous night was hosted by Andrea Hayes.

Just a week earlier she also won ‘Business Woman of the Year’ at the Brides of Kerry Awards.

“It’s my first time winning a national award, I’m thrilled,” Annette told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“I was up against five others who are top of their industry.”

Annette's creative drive and experience are highly sought after. Hundreds of satisfied brides and a range of high profile celebrity clients are testament to the high regard with which Annette is held within the profession. Celebrities include Lucy Kennedy, Kathryn Thomas, James Nesbitt, DJ Louise Duffy and Miriam O’Callaghan.

“Thank you to everyone for your support throughout the years. Winning awards reminds me how much I love my job and it’s an added bonus as I have just gone into my freelance work on a full time basis.”

Marilyn was also delighted when she won the ‘Bridal Specialist of the Year 2019’ at the Dublin awards, it was her second award in two weeks as she also won the ‘Wedding Make-up Artist of the Year’ at the Brides of Kerry Awards.

“I haven’t won any awards before,” Marilyn said. “I’m thrilled about receiving the awards. I’d like to thank my brides and clients for their support.”

 

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Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]

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The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”

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