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Pizza success for Nathalie’s new DIY kits



PIZZA SUCCESS: Nathalie Perrin from The Wood Oven Kenmare is now offering new DIY pizza kits at Neighbour Food in Killarney.

By Michelle Crean

The quick onset of COVID meant massive changes to businesses last year - and while many owners faced full closure - some have completely changed how they serve their customers.

That's what happened to Nathalie Perrin who was kept extremely busy attending farmer's markers, campsites and other events cooking artisan pizzas on a wood fire stove. However, she had to do a complete 360 degree turn to stay afloat as every event cancelled overnight.

On Thursday, Nathalie, who has been running The Wood Oven Kenmare since 2015, began selling her new Dough It Yourself Artisan Pizza Kits at Killarney's Neighbourfood, located on the Tralee/Killarney road at O'Callaghan Coaches.

She introduced her new product just before Christmas but is ready for the Killarney market as she expands, and it has been going very well.

The kits, which are also selling in Centra in Kenmare, include a unique dough and signature sauce recipe which Nathalie created herself. There's enough to make two 10 inch pizzas - which she says is a fabulous way for families to cook together.

"I had mainly been doing private parties, food fairs, farmer's markets and going to two campsites in Fossa. I've got a Gazebo with a woodfired oven," Nathalie told the Killarney Advertiser. "And last year everything went."

"Because of COVID I launched this and it's been busy and exciting. It's great family fun and a treat. The instructions, which are in the box, are easy to follow."

Selling at €9.50, the dough is vegan, while the sauce is dairy free and vegan also. She's also working on a recipe for a Gluten Free version.

"I put a lot of love into it. I hope to get into local shops in Killarney soon."

You can pre-order Nathalie's pizza box at via O’Callaghan’s Coaches on the Tralee Road and orders are ready for collection every Thursday afternoon.

You can also find more information on Facebook and Instagram: The Wood Oven Kenmare, or call Nathalie on 087 9362662 or email



Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]





Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.


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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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