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The importance of sun protection for men and women




By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a measure of how well protected the skin is from UV rays every day of the year not just summer months.


The main propose of sunscreen is to protect you from UVA and UVB rays, but also from IR, infrared radiation.

This comes from computer screens and phones, amongst other things, and I'm mentioning these as we use them everyday. If you spend money on face creams and having facials, you will understand that to get the full package/results, just how important it is to wear sunscreen. Don't panic, it's never too late to start.

Everyone is on a mission for younger, healthier, glowing skin, male and female. It stands to reason that you must wear SPF. Sun can damage the skin's lower levels if burnt; think of it like a hot water burn. The skin has to work on repairing the damage, instead of maintaining anti-ageing and optimum hydration levels. It takes time to get the right hydration levels back after sunburn as this can cause irreversible skin damage such as early ageing and worst of all, skin cancer.

UVC rays are the most dangerous to us, but natural UVC never gets through the ozone layer, thankfully. UVB rays penetrate the outside layer of our skin, but UVA rays have the potential to penetrate multiple layers.

I am asked all the time about the car widow when driving, can the sun get in? Yes, contrary to popular belief, you should wear sunscreen inside as well as outside especially if you are farming or driving for a living. Truck/taxi drivers have said they feel their skin nearest the window has aged or is much drier than the other side as UV rays can penetrate through glass and reach your skin.

The best way to make sure your skin is protected from the sun 24/7 is to put on sunscreen everyday. To make sure that your skin is protected throughout the day reapply it every two hours. The reason is that all humans sweat. All humans have dirt on their faces and this can dilute the SPF that you apply. If you wear sunscreen all the time your skin will be safe.

Always use a separate sunscreen to your moisturiser or make-up as this is the only way you can be sure that you have the correct amount of SPF on.

If you have any beauty questions call Jill on 064 6632966.

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O’Connor’s college concert a resounding successAccordion maestro Liam O’Connor does not do things by halves.

He proved it again last Thursday night when he hosted his ninth ‘Liam O’Connor Concert with St Brendan’s College Students’ in the school’s chapel. While the concert was always about […]




He proved it again last Thursday night when he hosted his ninth ‘Liam O’Connor Concert with St Brendan’s College Students’ in the school’s chapel.

While the concert was always about showcasing the students’ talents as musicians and singers, the guest list would not have looked out of place on Ryan Tubridy’s Late Late Show on RTÉ One.

The GAA world was represented by former Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody, Kerry stars and past students of St Brendan’s Dara Moynihan, David Clifford and Gavin White.

Of course, legendary RTÉ sports commentator Marty Morrissey was on hand to get the best responses out of the sporting stars.

O’Connor and his musical children Saoirse, Oisín, and Cillian who is a student of the college, weren’t even the top musical bill on the night.

That honour went to Paddy Casey.

“Casey royally entertained one and all, and our surprise guest, the RTÉ broadcaster Marty Morrissey, enthralled us with his views on Kerry footballers Dara Moynihan, Gavin White and David Clifford,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser.

“A night of unbelievable synergies was completed with an abundance of local talent. It was a truly unique night of star talent that will live on in the memories of everyone who was there.”

Liam also paid special tribute to the college Principal Seán Coffey and music teachers Mish O’Donoghue and Niamh O’Connell for their colossal support.

“The students themselves were indeed amazing, with the energy they brought to their singing, dancing and playing music. Their commitment to the event was such that they generously gave up their lunch hours to help make it all work,” he added.

The success of the concert rounded off a busy year for the international-renowned accordion champion that included a high-energy appearance at Electric Picnic and an equally lauded performance with the Celtic Tenors at the rugby clash between Munster and world champions South Africa at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork.

He and his son Oisín also made history in November when they became the first father and son pair to play both football and music at Croke Park on the same day.

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]




By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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