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Tree of Light becomes Tree of Hope for January

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A spectacular 100ft century old tree embellished with 3,000 sparkling bulbs, which became the focal point of the Christmas celebrations in Killarney, will remain lit until the end of January as a gesture of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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With the number of infections continuing to rise and many families encountering very worrying times, a decision was taken not to switch off the Tree of Light, on the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral, at the close of the Christmas season.

Instead, the bulbs will continue to shine until the end of the month by which time, it is hoped, the country will be in a much better place in terms of Coronavirus numbers.
The plan to continue lighting the tree on a nightly basis was agreed by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and Killarney Parish Administrator Fr Kieran O’Brien and the Tree of Hope idea had been suggested by Killarney photographer, Valerie O’Sullivan, to brighten the dark nights at a time when everybody needs a boost.

“It is a spectacular sight and we hope it will continue to give the people of the town a lift in the early weeks of the New Year," ​​​​​​​newly elected Killarney Chamber President and Kerry County Council member, Niall Kelleher, said.

Cllr Kelleher said the tree project was a demonstration of the great spirit of togetherness that exists in the town and it sends out a strong message that even in very dark days, people can take hope that the light is never far away.

“Life won’t get back to normal straight away but, when it does, we will be ready. In the meantime, we must stick together, secure in the knowledge that the good days will return.”

In the early days of the pandemic last April, health care frontline staff, including a local doctor, Gardaí, Order of Malta and Civil Defence volunteers and firefighters, joined senior local authority officials and the town’s business leaders in a moving show of cross-community co-operation by gathering at the cathedral tree which was lit for one hour.

The 100-year-old Californian Redwood tree was first lit in 2000 to mark the new millennium year when it commemorated all those who lost their lives in the conflict in Northern Ireland and it was sparkling again in 2010 to remember those who had been killed on Irish roads.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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