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New Head of Programming for Kerry Film Festival



NEW ROLE: Eibh Collins has been named as the new Head of Programming for Kerry Film Festival which takes place in Killarney this October.

A new Head of Programming has been announced for this year’s Kerry Film Festival – which is celebrating its 20th year.

Eibh Collins, a hugely experienced film programmer both at home and abroad, will bring a wealth of creativity and fun to this year’s festival planned to take place in Killarney from October 17 to 20.

The programme will be announced on October 4 at a launch ceremony in Killarney House & Gardens, Killarney National Park.

Grace O’Donnell, Chair of the Kerry Film Festival, this week welcomed Eibh to the team.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming such an experienced, passionate and highly regarded professional to the festival to kick off its third decade of bringing the best in new Irish and world cinema to the people of Kerry and Ireland,” Grace said.

“Eibh brings with her creative vision and vast experience of the international film industry and film festival circuit. We are excited to have such a strong voice for Irish Cinema and one of the top young female professionals in the industry curating the festival for our 20th edition and beyond.”

Eibh began working with Ireland’s leading film festival, The Galway Film Fleadh, in 2010. After working in film, fringe, live arts, LGBT and documentary film festivals domestically, Eibh began working at International Irish Film Festivals across Europe and the US.

In 2013, aged just 21, she became manager at both Irish Film London and Indie Cork Festival.

In 2016, Eibh began programming short films internationally and touring her curated selection of Irish shorts programmes.

Over the duration of 2019, she has been the Short Film Programmer for the Oscar-qualifying Galway Film Fleadh, joined the team at Encounters Festival and is currently the Deputy Director of Irish Screen America, while curating several international programmes and events for a number of festivals including Torino Film Market in Turin, Italy.

“I am thrilled with this opportunity to work with such a highly regarded and established festival,” Eibh said. “I truly just want to create a supportive and exciting space for filmmakers, both emerging and established, to attend what is sure to be a very special weekend.”

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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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Annual Christmas motorbike charity road run launched

The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18. The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in […]




The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18.

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort and Eagle Lodge in Tralee.

Now in its sixth year, the run, which is organised by an amalgamation of several Kerry motorcycle clubs under the banner of Kerry Bikers, will visit Killarney.

The run gets underway at 10.30am from Tralee. The first stop off is in Sheahan’s Centra on the Muckross Road where the Tralee group will be joined by local motorcyclists before setting off on a yet to be decided route.

“We will announce the route in Killarney. Last year we went to Killorglin, Farranfore and Castleisland. This year Abbeyfeale and Listowel may be in reach and if so we will make donations to Nano Nagle Special School too,” organiser Dave Foley said.

Over one hundred motorcycles are expected to take part in the run. Last year the full convoy measured 1.6km from start to finish.

“We hope to exceed that this year,” added Foley


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