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Traditional Christmas day swim at Dundag cancelled



CANCELLED: The annual Killarney Christmas Day Dip organised by Niki McCarthy has been cancelled this year but donations can be made online. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

For the past 11 years there's been a long standing tradition - the annual Killarney Christmas Day Dip - but unfortunately this year it's become a victim of COVID.

Organiser Niki McCarthy this week told the Killarney Advertiser that unfortunately this year it cannot go ahead at its location at Dundag Beach,

"It is with sadness and disappointment that I have to announce that it is not possible to hold the annual Killarney Christmas Day Dip this year," Niki told the Killarney Advertiser.
"Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we cannot organise any event with large gatherings and it would not be possible to maintain social distancing while attending the event at Dundag Beach."

An impressive €55,000 has been raised for Aware over the years - but Niki has other plans and is instead looking for support online - as she doesn't want the charity to miss out on vital fundraising especially as they've already suffered this year.

"I feel so grateful to everyone who participated over the last 11 years. Thank you for all your support and generosity. This year Aware along with many other charities are struggling to raise much needed funds to help them to continue to provide valuable services. I have set up a fundraising page for people to donate to help support Aware in these difficult times. Any donations are greatly appreciated. We will really miss seeing everyone down at Dundag on Christmas morning. It has become a firm tradition for so many. Be assured we will make up for it on Chrstmas Day 2021. We hope you all have the best Christmas possible in these difficult times and hope that everyone stays healthy, happy and safe."

You can donate to Niki's JustGiving page: Niki's No Dip Christmas Day Dip.

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Detox Wrap will leave you feeling energised

It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap. This wrap is suitable for males and […]




It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap.

This wrap is suitable for males and females.
This wrap will boost your energy levels and make you feel like yourself again. Having loads of BBQs and nights out or feeling bloated and sluggish, unmotivated.
This wrap is a great way to boost energy by increasing lymphatic drainage, which helps the body’s natural detox system to release bad toxins. By aiding the lymphatic system and increasing the negative, harmful toxins. Your body will immediately start to feel better, more motivated, and increased energy. Your skin will feel better and bring your glow back.

The process is having sea clay applied all over the body, followed by bandages wrapped in a specific way to lift and firm the skin and finally you are tucked up in a heated blanket….. to sweat out the negative toxins. following the treatment, you have a three-day detox, no tea, coffee, fried fatty foods, fizzy drinks, processed foods or even a shower to leave the active clay and get to work on the lymphatic system.

This is a seriously great treatment, that really works if you follow the process. As the heat from the blanket helps to open your pores on the body the sea clay can go into the deep layers of the skin, when you unwrap the clay is trapped in the skin and its ingredients get to work.

Bentonite has excellent drainage properties for full detox and skin clarification.

Magnesium sulphate stimulates peripheral skin circulation, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory.
Magnesium Chloride has valuable mineral salt and permits cellular balance, combats stress and fluid retention, and has anti-bacterial properties.

Zinc oxide, bacterium properties and anti-inflammatory.

Sodium Chloride detoxifies tissues and tightens the skin.

They work best the longer they are left on the skin and the longer you detox. I wouldn’t claim a 2-hour treatment can do amazing results without the homework. The clay isn’t dirty looking on the skin, it looks more like a cloud of chalky dust on the outer skin, the active properties have been absorbed into the skin.
The skin may feel a little different while the clay is working, but the results are worth it. It’s a great treatment after weight loss, pregnancy, liposuction or just re-energises you as a whole.
for more information or to make an appointment call Jill at 064-6632966


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Puck Goat removed from platform in searing heat

Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat. Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in […]




Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat.

Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in Killorglin town. As part of the fair’s tradition a wild mountain goat presides over the town from his tall platform over the course of the three days.

Organisers employ a dedicated vet to look after the goat and a team of experienced goat handlers are also on duty for the duration of the festival.

There is also a temperature monitoring device on the platform.

As temperatures hit 29 degrees today (Thursday), the vet and handlers decided it was safer for the goat to be removed from the platform for the rest of the day.

“He is currently resting in the shade,” spokesperson Marcella O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser. “The handlers were monitoring him in case it got too hot, the decision was made to take him down, and the vet says he is happy.”

A decision will be made tomorrow (Friday) on the goat’s return to the platform for the final day of the fair.


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