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Online make-up tutorial to benefit Pieta House

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FUNDRAISING TUTORIAL: Make-up Artist Annette O’Brien is planning a make-up tutorial online this Thursday to raise funds for Pieta House. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

One local make-up artist is planning to host her very first online makeup tutorial – and is donating proceeds to charity.

Annette O’Brien , who lives in Killarney, is asking ladies to donate just €10 for a live two hour tutorial – which takes place this Thursday - with all proceeds going to Pieta House.

“I choose Pieta House charity as unfortunately so many of us know someone who has passed away through suicide or else we have close friends who have lost someone dear to them,” Annette explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“I do the Darkness Into Light walk every year and it was due to take place on May 9. I decided to do some fundraising as the walk has been postponed.”

She is planning to do a glam look for the tutorial.

“The best part about this is that I will be on hand to guide people along, they can follow my techniques and ask questions throughout the tutorial. I will chat everything from skincare to brows to make-up. The best part about this is that if they can’t attend the tutorial on the night they’ll have access to it whenever they want and re-watch it again. It will be a fun event, nothing too serious. It’s a chance to sip some wine, learn a new make-up technique and have a bit of time on your own.”

At present, Annette says that she is busy helping to organise dates for her brides as most of them have had to postpone their weddings to 2021.

“Hopefully towards the end of the year I will be back doing bridal make-up once the social distancing lifts. It’s a hard job to do as we work so close to the client. I will be doing plenty more tutorials and offering one-on-one makeup lessons when things get back to normal. My make-up parties will be back in action again once the ban lifts.”

All details for the fundraiser, plus the link to donate can be found on her Facebook page: Annette O Brien Makeup Artist, or on iDonate.ie: ‘Annette O Brien Fundraising For Pieta’.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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