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Recovery Haven’s ‘Celebration of Light’ moves online



Recovery Haven, Tralee.

With COVID-19 playing havoc with charity activities right around the county, cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, has chosen to move its annual Celebration of Light ceremony online.

The charity will host the event on its Facebook page tomorrow (Thursday) at 8pm and are inviting the public to join with them for the virtual ceremony which aims to celebrate those touched by cancer and remember those we have lost.

The charity, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has been working extremely hard to ensure that the uniqueness of this poignant event remains at the heart of the online ceremony, with all the usual prayers, readings and blessings remaining.

Among those taking part in the ceremony include Recovery Haven founder, Marian Barnes, the charity’s patron Dick Spring, 2009 Kerry Rose Sally Ann Leahy and Rose Hotel owner and valued Recovery Haven supporter, Eibhlín Henggler - who will participate in the ceremony from her home in the US.

The virtual event, which has been beautifully compiled by the Ballymac CE scheme, will be MC’d by Sean Lyons and will also feature a performance from Kerry Choral Union. The emotional release of candles and stones will also form part of the celebration from Banna Strand, with the valued support of Banna Sea Rescue.

“While we are extremely disappointed that we cannot hold our event at the beautiful backdrop of Tralee Bay Wetlands this year, we are confident that the significance of this very special event will not be lost in our virtual alternative,” said Recovery Haven PR and Marketing officer, Marisa Reidy.

“We have seen year after year how truly special this event is and how poignant the ceremony is to those touched by cancer, so instead of cancelling it altogether we were determined to offer the best possible alternative.”

The charity is now calling on the people of Kerry to join them on Facebook on the night for what promises to be a truly special virtual experience.

“Because people cannot be with us in person and release their candles into the water, we would love for them to light a candle in their home or community and, if they wish, take a photo and tag Recovery Haven on Facebook so we can share and acknowledge their valued participation,” Marisa added.

The charity is selling special anniversary candles at their house at 5 Haig’s Terrace Tralee between 11am and 1pm while a GoFundMe page will also be set up if anyone wishes to donate on the night in lieu of buying their candles directly, as they would have done in previous years.
Meanwhile, two intimate Celebration of Light ceremonies will also take place on the same night at Tarbert Pier and Ballyheigue Beach at 8pm, but organisers are stressing that anyone attending these events must please adhere to all social distancing rules and restrictions to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

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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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