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The Gleneagle Squash Clubs Christmas Singles Competition

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The Christmas competition is the premier event in the Gleneagle Squash Club calendar and is kindly sponsored by Kerry Airport and supported by their CEO John Mulhern.

Over 50 players took part across four divisions in a straight knock out championship format.
The Finals were played on Thursday December 16.
The Division 4 final took place between Paula McElligott and Niall O’Connor. Niall is new to the club and did very well to reach a final in his first year but was beaten 3:1 by Paula who has been putting a lot of work into her game recently.
The Division 3 final was between the veteran Mike Crowley and the up-and-coming Mike McCarthy. Youth won the day with McCarthy edging a close encounter 3:1 and it was clear he was ready to move up a division next month.
The Division 2 final between Neil Kavanagh and Tom Murphy was edge of the seat stuff. Bothmen had taken the lead at some point and it stood 2:2 heading into the decider. It was nip
and tuck and could have went either way before Neil came out on top after a tie breaker.
The Division 1 final was played between Donnagh Crowley and Paul O’Brien. These are the top two players in the County at the moment and the match did not disappoint.
“Some of the squash and rallies on display were out of the very top drawer. Donnagh and Paul have both put their names on the cup six times now which is a credit to both players. Their level of squash, sportsmanship and manners is an example to all players,” said a club official.

Paul took the lead after a hard fought first match before Donnagh took the second to tie things up. Paul edged Donnagh in the final two games to win 3:1 in what was a very tight affair. Some of the squash and rallies on display were out of the very top drawer. Donnagh

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Do facial treatments hurt?

It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it […]

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It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it an easy process.

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Summer weather tends to bring with it oily skin and breakouts, but it’s often less acne prone in the winter. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting regular facials throughout the year however. The best way to see the benefits of a facial is to get them consistently. A good facial will have the products tailored to your skin type.

You have nothing to loose but excess oil and dead skin cells. I have a feeling men are more sensitive than women as they always ask about the pain involved first!

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Plan ahead for College Open Days

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors
 

The College Open Day season for 2023 entrants starts in earnest in early October.

From then on, the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Agricultural colleges will showcase what they have to offer to potential students. Further Education Colleges tend to host their open days from January onwards. Thankfully HEIs are back to hosting in-person open days but many are offering more specific information sessions on particular courses and departments virtually. College Open Days give students and parents a great chance to find out lots of interesting and detailed information about courses of interest and the many supports available, as well as giving the opportunity to get a feel for the college by availing of campus tours. You will find a complete list of the open days in the events sections of www.qualifax.ie and on www.careersportal.ie so take some time to make a list of the ones you want to attend.

Prepare and plan 

Do some basic research on the courses on offer. Check the entry requirements for each course of interest as you will need to meet these to be eligible to compete for a place on the course. Check out the modules and whether Erasmus or travel abroad options are available, as well as work placement. Don’t ignore a course or open day because you don’t expect to get enough points. You may do far better than you anticipate.
Have a good look at the college website – register for the open day in advance, download the schedule of talks and make note of the ones you want to attend. Make sure to download a map of the campus so you know exactly where to find the talks and presentations of interest. Jot down any questions you have as you will hopefully get a chance to talk to college staff and/or current students. Plan to arrive in plenty time as there are likely to be very large crowds attending. On the day, try to gather information about accommodation, clubs and societies and student supports. Many HEIs run talks for parents and on grants, HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) so check them out. Make sure to get contact details for any staff members which may be important later for follow-up questions.

Atmosphere

There is nothing like a College Open Day to give you a sense of what the campus feels like. Soak up the atmosphere and consider if the size of the campus is the best fit for you. Larger campuses can be intimidating for some students while exciting for others. Smaller campuses can feel more comfortable and manageable. You will know what feels right for you. Bear in mind that open days have a festival feel to them and regular college days are not always like that. This may be your only chance to visit the campus before you register there as a student so make the most of your day and enjoy it!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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