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The best way to treat your feet

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By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

As we are all starting to re-enter the world of socialising and back to the office our feet will certainly need some adjusting.

After wearing slippers, runners or using bare feet for the best part of two years, your feet will get a shock when you try to dress up in high heels, leather or court shoes. It's normal to feel uncomfortable, so it's time to start breaking them in again. Some people may even think that their feet have grown, but it is more likely that your ligaments and tendons have relaxed, which lets the arch drop causing discomfort and flattening thus lengthening of the feet. It's possible to exercise your feet in a few different ways.

Step one:

Try to write a few words by holding a maker between your big toe and second toe.

Step Two:

Try picking up a towel and move it from the A to B.

Step Three:

Try picking up marbles of different sizes from the ground and put them in a bowl.

These little exercises will work on improving all the little supporting muscles in the feet, helping keep the feet strong and thus improve balance.

If you're suffering from thickened toe nails and having trouble cutting them we can sort that out using a nail drill. Corns can be very uncomfortable also and may stop you wearing your favourite shoes. This is a simple fix if treated early. Hardened, cracked skin on the feet can be uncomfortable and may stop you moving, so it's a good idea to have your feet treated in the jacuzzi foot spa infused with peppermint and tea tree for healing and softening. Then have the skin either professionally bladed off, if required, or foot rasped. Or if you haven't been out of the house and feel heavy legs from lack of use, a really good place to start is having a leg massage done to get the circulation flowing and bring on the feel-good factor of healthy blood flow.

For more information, or if you have any questions, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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