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Students’ colourful mural brightens up town lane way



WALL ART: A new art project has gone on display in the town. Pictured were: Yvonne Quill and Kathleen Gleeson (Killarney Looking Good), Killarney Community College students Caoimhe Fogarty, Ben Cussen, David Breen, Cian Hughes with teachers Michelle Mahony and Doirin Duggan, and Cllr Michael Gleeson (Killarney Looking Good). Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Local students alongside the Killarney Looking Good Committee (KLG) unveiled their colourful and very creative art piece in the town centre on Monday morning.

Located in Chapel Lane, students and teachers from Killarney Community College proudly stood beside their ceramic tiles work which depicts the Muckross Abbey window, on the wall in the lane way.

The project, by the then Fifth Years, began in October 2019 but was subsequently delayed as a result of COVID-19 and has only now been installed in recent days.

Art teacher Michelle Mahony created a design based on one of the windows in Muckross Abbey and only revealed it to the students once the piece was finished.

"KGL had seen other pieces of our work and approached the school to see if we'd like to create something for the lane way to brighten it up," Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

The project themes chosen were nature, our local environment, Killarney’s heritage and when creating their tiles, students had to leave some areas plain and glazed completely white.

They then made 170 individual ceramic tiles using fresh clay, with each tile glazed using an array of colours and fired in the kiln twice.

The project was funded through the Community Enhancement Programme of the Department of Rural and Community Development.

"We wanted something to connect with Killarney town. I chose a window from Muckross Abbey and the students didn't know what the design was. The lane way was chosen by KLG because being called Chapel Lane it has religious connections."

Yvonne Quill from the Killarney Looking Good Committee added that they are delighted to have worked with Michelle and the art department in Killarney Community College on the project.

"Each tile is a mini artwork in itself with the detail that students added," she said.

"The project was also aided by an SNA in the school who is also a ceramic artist Doirin Duggan. The installation at this location is appropriate given the ecclesiastical links to the lane."

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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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