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Sensational sense of style at local fashion event

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Top Irish and Kerry fashion designers and independent boutiques were the stars of the show on Thursday at the Muckross Park Hotel.

Delphine and Christine Grandjouan at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Zoe O'Connor Emily O'Donoghue and Orla Diffily at Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Mairead Bowen pictured at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Mary Stapleton Foley at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Cathy Troth and Frances Fogarty at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Jane Green and Orla O'Driscoll at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Nora Herlihy and Betty Farrell ready for the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Helena Hanbidge and Catriona Heaslip looking stunning at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Trish Thompson and Megan Hanley at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Helen Cody and Rory Murphy at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

The style was sensational both on and off the runway in what was one of the most hotly anticipated events of the season 'Fashion at the Muckross Park' produced in association with Kellihers Toyota Tralee.

Guests travelled from all over Kerry and far beyond, for an exclusive preview of new collections from top Irish and Kerry designers and boutiques. The show was opened with a collection bursting with colour, happiness and light by acclaimed Irish fashion couturier Helen Cody and the finale was a rare retrospective showcase from another multi-award winning couturier Delphine Grandjouan. Produced by Orla Diffily and the team at Upfront Model Management, in association with Ray Stack Productions, it is the first in a series of shows designed to put Irish fashion creatives back into the spotlight and promote local businesses and fashion sustainability.

The evening opened with red carpet arrivals and champagne and canapés reception in the opulent setting of the tea room at the Muckross Park Hotel. Guests also enjoyed a complimentary Muckross Wild Irish Gin reception. The main show was modelled on international fashion week salon setting, and featured Helen Cody, Carol Kennelly, Cathy Troth, Delphine Grandjouan, Goose Boutique, MacBees, Phoenix V, Jasmine, Hannons, Holden Leathergoods, Lily Mais by Fran and jewellery by master goldsmith Brian de Staic. Winner of the Upfront New Emerging Designer competition Megan Hanley of Lola & Winter also showed her beautiful collection. The night was MC’d by fashion blogger Emily O’Donoghue.

The winner of the Most Sustainable Guest Style, in association with Kellihers Toyota Tralee, and judged by Emily O’Donoghue, was Jill Hannon, who won a matching Fiadh pendant set from Irish jeweller Brian de Staic. The winner of the Most Sustainable Collection, in association with Kellihers Toyota Tralee, was Frances Fogarty, creative director, Lily Mais by Fran who designs colourful swim robes made completely from disused and repurposed towels. She won a photo shoot with top DOP, James Maher. The winner of the Most Stylish Guest, sponsored by Holden Leathergoods, was Vambail. She won a limited edition new season leather clutch by Holden.

The hair on the evening was sponsored by Sean Taaffe Hair & Beauty. Make-up was by Juliette. The organisers wish to thank the Muckross Park Hotel for their incredible assistance and support in organising this event, Connect Magazine for their generous spot prize and magazines, Listowel Races for tickets to Ladies Day and Grace Foley singer for spot prizes.
Upfront Model Management have produced stellar events for over 20 years including KFW fashion week and the New Season Collections at the Aghadoe where they also sponsored the Sustainable Collection Award. The next designer showcase is in The Glasshouse at the Montenotte Hotel Cork on Wednesday May 18.

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Ghost hunter’s video goes viral

By Michelle Crean They have a love of things that go bump in the night – and it seems the public do too – as a Killarney man’s ghost hunting […]

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By Michelle Crean

They have a love of things that go bump in the night – and it seems the public do too – as a Killarney man’s ghost hunting video has gone viral.

PJ O’Sullivan from Púca Vogue Paranormal Ireland and his ghost busting team posted a video online around Christmas time, but it was only over the last two weeks that it went viral – clocking up 1.9 million views and over 2k likes on Facebook.

“We were naturally shocked ourselves at this,” PJ, who is originally from Gneeveguilla but lives in St Mary’s Terrace in town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

The video was taken in Redwood Castle in, Lorrha, Co Tipperary in October when the Irish paranormal investigator invited like-minded people to the location for Hallowe’en.

PJ, who has been a paranormal investigator for over 15 years, set up Púca Vogue Paranormal Ireland three years ago and works alongside his son Leo and his partner Eva Walsh.

In the clip, Eva and Liz Kelleher are in the background with singer/songwriter Rebecca McRedmond front and centre.

“On the night we had a total of 10 people in the castle for the lockdown investigation including our own Rory Murphy and Veronika Slomiany,” he said.

“It was filmed on the ground floor inside the main entrance area. It was a Hallowe’en paranormal investigation where we had guests including Damien O’Rourke from Cuppa Tea TV.

“We were investigating the ground floor. It was filmed in total darkness and Rebecca had felt a touch as we started and shortly in this clip she felt another touch at her leg. Eva had also commented the room had now felt tense, so on review of the footage we can see what we believe is her dress floating outward, and on inspection both her ankles show her feet were on the ground; there was no drafts, and it tied in with the experience so we shared that clip.”

He added that they share clips from investigations but let people decide for themselves what it is that they see.

“We share what we believe we capture and this is just a few minutes as a part of the whole night as we investigate the castle over all floors usually from around 9.30pm to 4am with breaks and we have up to five cameras recording in 50 minute segments continuously which we download after for review. But as you can imagine with full-time jobs and life it takes time to review all the footage so we mix what we do with pictures and sites of interest. We are non-profit on all events. We had done Leap Castle the previous night, this is claimed as Ireland’s most haunted castle and again shared the experience, but this is the reel that just took off on Facebook which has us surprised, but we are all very proud of Púca Vogue Paranormal.

“This is not our first capture from this castle as we have previously shared on their social media, we experienced more on the night which we will share at future dates.”

To see the video go to our Facebook page: Púca Vogue Paranormal Investigations.

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Bean in Killarney to cease trading due to rising costs

By Sean Moriarty A Plunkett St coffee shop has been forced to shut its doors due to the soaring costs of doing business. Bean in Killarney opened in late January […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A Plunkett St coffee shop has been forced to shut its doors due to the soaring costs of doing business.

Bean in Killarney opened in late January 2021.

Last March it was named as one of the ‘Financial Times’ list of ‘Best Independent Coffee Shops in the World’.

It was just one of 30 coffee shops worldwide – and one of only two in Ireland – to make the list, which includes entries from world cities like Paris, London and Sydney.

Bean in Killarney is a sister café to Bean in Dingle which was set up by brothers Justin and Luke Burgess.

The local branch was managed by brothers Joey and Euan Boland, who are also from Dingle.

It was a popular coffee stop for locals and visitors alike but despite its popularity and accolades, the business could not survive the current economic climate.

“After two great years we have made the really tough decision to close Bean in Killarney,” said a company statement.

“We opened during the height of the lockdown with the hope that when all restrictions came to an end, the shop would kick off like the Dingle one did.

“However, 2022 brought about new challenges and unfortunately ended up being harder rather than easier. We are a family-run business and rapidly rising costs meant we traded less than we did during 2021’s numerous restrictions. We had hoped to ride out the storm, but it’s not possible to continue operating at a loss.”

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