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Palestinian Mia Saleh’s Speech Raises the Roof

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By Aidan Quirke

A Tralee ‘Gig for Gaza’ on Wednesday night starred local Mia Saleh with a powerful speech on her experience of being a Palestinian, a place that she has yet to visit.

The Killarney resident is daughter of Mohammed Saleh and Fatima Al Khateeb, who run The VIP Turkish Barbers on Glebe Lane.
Up to 300 people from Kerry attended the concert in St John’s Church, Ashe St. Tralee to show solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Mia, who is just 15 years old, took to the stage to give a speech detailing her lived experience and how her parents arrived as refugees to Ireland.
“When my parents first arrived to Ireland as refugees they had no papers so they had to go to the Palestinian ambassador and told him that they were refugees from Palestine.
They got papers eventually but, in the paper(s), it stated that we had no right to go to go back to our homeland Palestine to visit we couldn’t go to the place we are from,” said Mia.
The youngster held a rapt audience for 10 minutes as she detailed how she as a child had to act differently from other children.
“At a young age I always saw children messing around and playing but I could never do the same as if I did anything wrong people will judge us, ‘people won’t see anything but the fact that I wear a hijab’ is what my mom would always say,” Mia said.

The confident teenager, spoke with hope and belief, that she will return to Palestine one day.
“I will return home and so will all the families and refugees that were kicked out, we will go back to a free and peaceful Palestine,” Mia said to a thunderous round of applause for her speech.

Over €5,000 was raised on the night for the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fun and was organised by Tralee local arts group, nonfaction, in collaboration with the Kerry branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Group.
The event also featured Kerry and national musicians. The headline act was rising folk star John Frances Flynn along with Tralee native Teresa Galvin, singer songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances and Limerick spoken work artist, Dyrt.

Nationally, ‘Gigs for Gaza’ and other events are happening nationwide, another concert for Kerry will be announced in the New Year

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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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