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Revive your eyes and reverse signs of ageing




By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

The eyes are the first area to show signs of ageing so it's important to help prevent this - or reverse it - depending on your age and skincare routine to date.

The first and most important advice would be to wear sunglasses always as premature ageing from the sun and squinting can cause damage.

Secondly, use a specific eye make-up remover as this area is very delicate.

Thirdly, apply a fantastic eye cream or eye gel twice daily. I recommend Sothys Radiance Eye Cream to combat circles, wrinkles and dark spots.

Finally it's important to have an eye facial, especially if you haven't been having facials regularly, are 25 and over and want to keep your eyes looking young, or aged 45 plus and you want to correct the signs of ageing, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.

It's also good if you're affected by screen light exposure, sleepless nights due to hormonal changes or late nights out.

The new CACI eye revive treatment is for everyone concerned with ageing eyes. It will help to lift and tighten the skin around the eyebrows and corners of eyes, reduce the puffiness under the eyes, and reduce fine lines and hooded eyelids. With the dual action of LED light therapy, the micro-current energy stimulates tissue regeneration and helps the production of collagen. The synergy of these two technologies provide visible and longer lasting results.

The treatment itself is very relaxing, takes 45 minutes and focuses on the eye area. It starts with the lifting of the brow muscles, smoothing the fine lines at the corners of the eyes (crow's feet) and draining build up of fluid and lymph under the eyes. We then use specific serum filled eye rollers with micro-current which have a cooling effect on the skin to gently tighten and tone sagging muscles around the eye area, whilst reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's finished with a silicone mask infused with hyaluronic acid and we use a galvanic current to push in the serum and hold it in the deeper layers of skin. It's very refreshing and brightens the skin.

For more information or to book an appointment call Jill on 064 6632966.



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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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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