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Sothys launch new organic skincare products




By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Vegan skincare is the newest buzz word in this growing world of beauty as we all become more aware of our impact on our surroundings.

You would not be alone if you were unsure what exactly it meant. Even if you are a vegan or a meat lover, you might be interested in these new products due to the benefits it delivers for your skin and the environment.

Don't confuse vegan with cruelty free. Not every cruelty free product is vegan, as they may contain milk, honey or lanolin.

I was delighted that we could take part in the launch of the new Sothys organics range which has a one hundred percent vegan formula combining advanced efficiency and natural active ingredients. It's important to use plant derived ingredients as they can contain more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to repair and hydrate. Animal ingredients can be harsh and clog pores, so vegan products are a soothing alternative. You feel far better if you eat healthier foods in their natural state and the same logic applies to skincare. Your skin will thrive off being fed natural vegan ingredients.

In the heart of Correze, France, through their advanced research laboratory, Sothys created the new organics line.

To offer transparency, Sothys has chosen to have the entire range certified by Ecocert, which is in accordance to international Cosmos standard. The team at Sothys formulation laboratory have successfully developed ultra-efficient formulas while complying with rigorous and restrictive specifications. Highly specialised, Sothys has stood out ever since its founding by its unfailing commitment to beauty research and innovations and so offer the best nature has to offer.

Plants don't grow or contain collagen like humans or animals do but they do play a large role in how animals and humans continue to produce collagen. Having a diet consisting of high healthy fats and vitamins especially Vitamin C, will produce more collagen in your body. As we age collagen production slows down, although it never stops, and if you supply your body with proper nutrition to make healthy collagen, ageing isn't as noticeable. Some food sources which are great are oranges, kiwis, red peppers, kale, broccoli to name a few. Vitamin C really helps to protect and support the skin's cells, reduce inflammation, strengthen skin and lessen hyperpigmentation.

For more information or to book a skin analysis, please call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Top awards for innovative students

By Michelle Crean Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards. The five […]




By Michelle Crean

Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards.

The five members of ‘Operation Red’ in St Brigid’s Secondary School were celebrating this week after receiving a national Bronze Award for their project which is raising awareness about the lack of knowledge surrounding menstrual disorders. Their goal is to encourage open discussion on these issues, so no woman ever feels alone. The team will receive a prize bursary of €750, which can be put towards developing their idea and increasing the impact of their innovation.

Young Social Innovators is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of youth. Its vision is to empower, equip and inspire young people to change the world for good. The girls’ project was one of 34 shortlisted from over 400 YSI groups around Ireland.

“As part of our project we’re in the process of developing resources for the SPHE classes in our school,” Transition Year student Anna Cashman told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’ll try it here as a pilot project and branch out to other schools.”

She added that plans so far include educating students by putting an information booklet together using HSE and NHS advice.

“It’s important to have the right information as it’s a very under researched issue. We have had a positive response to it.”

Cait Fitzgerald Healy from YSI arrived to the school as a surprise to the group and presented the girls with their trophy towards the end of the online ceremony. There was huge excitement all round! Teacher and mentor Catherine O’Donoghue also received the ‘Let them Shine’ award for her involvement with YSI over the last five years.


Picking up the ‘Make Our World Safer Award’, a team from St Brendan’s College was recognised for its ‘One Punch Can Kill’ project, which aims to combat toxic masculinity and raise awareness amongst young men of the seriousness of ‘one punch attacks’.

When researching the issue, the team found that many perpetrators rarely reoffend and the percentage of male-on-male violence in society is extremely high. The group examined the route cause of the issue, which stems from a variety of factors, and wanted to raise awareness that spontaneous and random ‘one punch attacks’ can have serious and life-changing consequences.

Amongst its many actions, the team embarked on media outreach, designed and delivered student workshops, created a poster campaign, held an Anti Violence Week and is currently working on a children’s book in an effort to promote the important message that ‘One Punch Can Kill’.

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Pres footballers are in seventh heaven



The St Brigid’s Presentation Second Year footballers were crowned County Junior B champions on Friday last following a superb seven-goal victory over Mercy Mounthawk Tralee in the Ballymac sunshine.

The girls hit the ground running, bagging two quick goals from the boots of Lily O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Cantillon.

The Pres defence was solid and dogged throughout and managed to keep Mounthawk from breaching their goal for the duration. Abby Cronin scored three goals and a point to torment the oppostion and Niamh Cantillon scored a second goal plus a point to keep the Killarney school well in front.

Further scores from Muireann Healy and a final goal from Lara O’Neill gave us a final score of 7-4 to 0-11.

It was an excellent performance from the entire team, including the substitutes who all played their part. Captain Eve Culhane proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the team, and St Brigid’s, at the end of the game and joyous celebrations followed.

Congratulations to all the players and to their trainers: Mr Counihan, Ms Healy and Ms Brosnan.


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