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Perfect New Year gift as Alexis gets her new van






By Sean Moriarty

The parents of a seriously ill Killarney girl will today (Friday) receive the best New Year gift as they collect their new, specially adapted car from a specialist fitter in Cork.

Alexis suffers from a rare primary metabolic condition called Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency which has led to a brain abnormality called Ventriculomegaly as well as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, global developmental delay, double hip displacement, cortical visual impairment and sleeping difficulties.

Her parents Steve and Teresa are her 24 hour carers and last September, through a trustee, organised a GoFundMe campaign to help the family buy a new car as Alexis had simply grown out of their existing vehicle.

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Killarney and beyond the O’Mahony family will, today, collect a brand new Ford Tourneo people carrier.

The van is currently in Southern Mobility Solutions’ workshop in Cork where specialist staff are putting the finishing touches, including fitting a wheelchair ramp.

It was a race against time for the family as they needed to register the new van before December 31 to avoid new revenue and carbon tax rules which came into effect at the start of the year.

This alone saved the best part of €7,000 but as a result their new van will carry a 2020 registration plate.

The O’Mahony family bought the van from Killarney Autos where another stroke of luck saved them another load of money.

A Tipperary-based family had left a wheelchair lift at Killarney Autos and when they heard about the O’Mahony’s plight they offered their old ramp, free of charge, to the local family.

“I can’t thank Killarney Autos and, especially, salesman Kevin Donnelly, who did so much for us,” Steve told the Killarney Advertiser. “It was a stroke of luck that Kevin dealt with the Tipperary family and a few phone calls later we learned that they had donated the ramp to us. It was unbelievable.”

A committee, made up of five people and who are not related to Alexis’ parents, made all the financial decisions ahead of the purchase of the new van.

“The purchase would not have been possible only for support we got locally and internationally,” added Steve, whose wife Teresa is Polish.

The Frydman Community Charity donated a large sum of money, largely from its American branch, to the trustees. The charity named after Teresa’s home village in Poland, is made up of emigrants who are now settled all over the world.

The O’Mahony family thanked the following for their fundraising efforts: Radio Kerry, Beauty by Aga, Flares Gymnastics Club, The Kerry Association London, singer Mary Culloty O’Sullivan, Halo Hair Salon, Molly and Grace from Killarney who made and sold Christmas decorations, The Christmas Market, online DJs and musicians, Natalie Russel Zumba, Harvey Norman Tralee, artist Dzana Bukvic and Tiny Creations, Zumba Salsa Tralee, and the Curious Cat. Additionally Vodafone – The Kerry Phone Centre, made a separate donation to the BUMBLEance children’s ambulance via the Vodafone Ireland Foundation.

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Taking care of your skin at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning and exfoliating your face, neck and décolleté.

Serums, eye creams and moisturisers: Moisturising provides a protective layer to the skin that locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated. This hydration is what gives your skin a smooth and luminous appearance. This is the step in your skincare routine you don’t want to skip. We always apply the serum closest to the skin as it’s water based and needs to be absorbed on the deepest layer of the skin; the basal layer which is the active layer. It’s where the collagen and elastin start to grow and move up towards the surface of the skin. The more hyaluronic acid, peptides, ribose, and active ingredients in your serums the better. We need to keep our fibroblasts, melanocytes healthy as they are the source of plump, juicy skin.

An eye cream to me is the most important cream as the eye area is a place that doesn’t have any sebaceous glands (oil gland). These glands help remove old skin cells, keep the skin lubricated and prevent tissues drying out. Therefore, for me, I always use an eyelid lifting serum, eye cream in the night time and eye roll-on gel in the morning. Our eyes can make us look older than we are so it’s important to look after them. It’s very important not to go too close to the eye when applying creams as the skin is very thin. A little bit often makes a big difference.

When applying your serum and cream rub upwards and outwards; be careful not to tug the delicate skin around the eyes.

Apply SPF all year round, it’s the most important step in preventing skin cancer and keeps your skin healthy as you age. Protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays helps maintain a healthy youthful visage. However, it’s important to remember the best form of sun block is to keep your face in the shade.

With all skincare routines, it’s important to keep it consistant. Do it twice a day every day and follow with monthly facials. Your skin is the largest organ on the body. This means that it’s important to take good care of it.

For more information, or to book a skin consultation or facial, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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What do we mean by ‘Employability’?

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, a member of the Kerry Branch of IGC and a career consultant at Follow @mycareerplan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.




By Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor

According to experts in the area of career development, the term ‘employability’ refers to a set of achievements that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations.

This in turn benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy. At this stage in the year Leaving Cert students are well into the process of trying to decide what step they want to take next. It is a daunting task for many of you because of the variety of choices available and the challenge for young people at 17 or 18 years of age to really know what career they might like. It is important to remember that you aren’t choosing a career for life, you are taking the next step and you will be building on that as your career develops. A big concern for many students and parents is whether they will get a job at the end of their chosen course or pathway. While we have some indications of where there will be skills shortages in the short to medium term, the jobs market is subject to change.


One thing we can be sure of is that, regardless of what pathway you take after the Leaving Cert, be that Further Education courses (FET), traineeships, apprenticeships or university courses, on completion of your training and education you will want to be ‘employable’. In simple terms ‘employability’ depends on your knowledge (what you know) your skills (what you do with what you know) and your attitude (how you approach things). As you research the various options open to you after you finish school, remember you are heading into a working world that values transferable skills which include specialist knowledge in the subject, field of study or technical area you have chosen to follow. It also places huge emphasis on having the ability to analyse, evaluate and use information effectively to problem-solve and to organise and communicate knowledge well. Furthermore, your personal qualities are a core part of your offering to a potential employer – your ability to work on your own initiative, to self-manage, to manage time and meet targets and deadlines. Central to all of this of course is the ability to collaborate, to work and study as part of a team.

If you are struggling to decide between courses or options, focus on finding an area that you really want to find out more about. You will develop a set of transferable skills which will give you flexibility and adaptability as you grow and develop in your career. All of the other things you do will add value to your degree/qualification and that is what will ensure your ‘employability’!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, a member of the Kerry Branch of IGC and a career consultant at Follow @mycareerplan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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