Serious Racing, Serious Fun and Sensational Style at the 159th Listowel Harvest Racing Festival

Fashionable racers of all ages can look forward to three days of Best Dressed competitions, including dedicated categories for gentlemen, ladies, younger racers, vintage lovers, couples and the most Stylish Selfie! The fashion highlight of the week is the McElligott’s Honda Ladies Day on Friday 15th of September judged by top TV Presenters Maura Derrane and Daithi O Se. The overall McElligotts Honda Best Dressed Lady will win a Honda Jazz for a year and €3,000 in cash, with further cash prizes of €3,000 to be won on the day. The popular Best Dressed Man Competition, sponsored by Emerald Properties, Construction & Property Rentals, Listowel, is on Thursday 14th and will be judged by the Crimmin Triplets. The Listowel Tidy Town / An Taisce The Best Presentation of an Up cycled/Restyled or Authentic Vintage Outfit is on the closing date of the festival, Saturday 16th of September. As always, in addition to top quality National Hunt and Flat racing, the Listowel Racing Committee have organised an extensive range of free entertainment, including the Kerry Group family Day; daily race card draws with cash prizes, promotions, music and more.

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Holden launch new season colours and designs at Summer Evening Party in Dingle

Holden Leathergoods exclusively launched new season designs and colours at their Summer Party,  in association with Dingle Distillery, in their shop on Holyground, Dingle on Friday night (28th of July).

Guests enjoyed complimentary Dingle Gin & Vodka served with delicious canapés and Dingle sushi - as they exclusively previewed the new Holden creations, including a limited collection of totes, bags and clutches in this season’s colour Powder Blue. The already iconic Holden Backpack was also revealed in two new colours, Powder Blue and Raspberry Pink.

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Win a Honda Jazz for a Year PLUS €3,000 in cash

The overall winner of the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day on Friday 15th of September at the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival will win an all new and super stylish Honda Jazz for a year plus a cheque for €3,000! Details of the amazing first prize were announced today by David Fitzmaurice, Chairman, Listowel Race Company and Patrick McElligott, Managing Director, McElligotts Tralee at the official ladies day launch at Listowel Race Course, County Kerry. Judges were revealed as Ireland’s top TV personalities and best known TV duo, Daithi O’Se and Maura Derrane assisted by Kerry footballer and McElligott’s ambassador Dave Moran. This is the third year of the McElligotts Honda sponsorship and in addition to the all new Honda Jazz with €3,000 cash for the Best Dressed Lady, there are also prizes for the Jazziest Headpiece, Most Iconic Lady, Most Glamorous Young Racer and Most Stylish Selfie! 

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Personal Brand Management

We all know the importance of Brands and how our perception of them (good or bad) impacts on our decision to engage / purchase. Coke, Nike and Apple spend many millions consciously building their brand, and communicating their brand values, so you will ultimately trust their reputation and buy from them. In many ways, your own personal brand is no different, and if you are in business you need to be aware of your own brand, define it, own it and then manage and project it to who you want to influence.

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First Lady Style wins at Listowel Races

Margaret Hynes-Cahill (from Ardfert, Kerry), wearing a powder blue outfit inspired by American First Ladies Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Melania Trump, won the Best Dressed Lady title at the Listowel Races June Bank Holiday Meeting on Sunday 4th of June. Margaret who is a Garda and also models with the Holman Lee Agency, purchased her look from Jasmine Boutique in Tralee. Judged by Aisling O’Loughlin, former Xpose presenter and founder and Editor of Exquisite.ie  and fashion blogger by Orlagh Winters, there was a total Best Dressed prize fund of €5,000, generously sponsored by the businesses and publicans of Listowel town. www.listowelraces.ie #listowelraces

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Kate Martins Summer Collection

Kate Martins - Designs in Silk - have launched their Summer collection of luxury silk scarves inspired by the sunshine of Lisbon, the raindrops of Kerry and the vibrancy of nature. Designed in Ireland and 100% silk, Kate Martins silk scarves are priced from €120 to €179, and are available now to purchase online at www.katemartins.com. Kate Martins will also soon be stocked in selected boutiques nationwide. Follow Kate Martins on Instagram : katemartinsdesigns.

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Kerry Airport today announce 2016 Results

Kerry Airport has released their Annual Report & Accounts for the 12 month period ended 31st December 2016 reporting an Operating Profit after Taxation for the period of €287,613. This is an increase on Operating Profit which was €30,980 in the previous year. 

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Aisling O Loughlin to judge the Listowel Races Best Dressed Lady on Sunday 4th of June

If you are looking for serious racing, serious fun and sensational Summer style. . . then race to the forthcoming Listowel Races June Bank Holiday Meeting on Sunday 4th and Monday 5th of June.  As always, in addition to top quality National Hunt and Flat racing, the Listowel Racing Committee have organised music after racing each evening.  The fashion highlight, Ladies Day on Sunday 4th of June, will be judged by Aisling O’Loughlin, former Xpose presenter and founder and Editor of Exquisite.ie  assisted by Orlagh Winters and has a total prize fund of €5,000, generously sponsored by the businesses and publicans of Listowel town. For more information on Listowel Races contact 068 21144 / 21172 or visit www.listowelraces.ie #listowelraces

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Connect Women in Business Awards launched

The 3rd Annual Connect Kerry Women in Business Awards will take place at a Black Tie Gala Ceremony on Friday June 9th in Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee, County Kerry. Organised by Margaret Kissane, Publisher and Editor of Kerry’s only monthly lifestyle glossy publication, Connect Magazine, the Awards will both celebrate and recognise the enormous entrepreneurial talent and success of women who both own and manage businesses in Kerry. Closing date to enter the Awards is May 4th. To enter yourself or nominate a business woman you feel deserves recognition, visit www.connectpublications.ie or visit the Facebook page Connect Kerry Women in Business Awards for more information.

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Kerry win in Croke Park!

Tralee based financial services consultancy, Premier Financial Services, has won the industry’s top accolade, after being awarded the prestigious LPI Best Investment Broker in Ireland Award at the annual Life, Pensions and Investment Industry Awards in the Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, last week (23rd March). Over 530 financial services professionals attended the LPI Awards Gala, a celebratory night to recognise and commend those at the forefront of their industry. Premier Financial Services’ win is in recognition of their excellence, professionalism and dedication in providing their client base with the best investment consultancy and advice in Ireland today.

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Kate Martins launch first collection

Kate Martins - Designs in Silk - have launched their first collection of luxury silk scarves. Designed in Ireland, and inspired by the vibrancy and majesty of nature, Kate Martins first collection of 100% silk scarves features three different sizes and 15 beautiful and original designs. Priced from €110 to €179 in two types of silk - Satin Silk and Crepe de Chene, Kate Martins silk scarves are available now to purchase online at www.katemartins.com and directly from Craft Makers, 37 Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Kate Martins will also soon be stocked in selected boutiques nationwide. Follow Kate Martins on instagram : katemartinsdesigns.

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Football Legend Marc O Se officially cuts the cake at the first birthday celebrations of the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder in Killarney

Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder hosted its first birthday party on Thursday 23rd of March to officially celebrate their first anniversary on New Street, Killarney, County Kerry. Over 80 invited guests from the business, media and hospitality community attended the celebrations, and enjoyed speciality whiskey & gin cocktails, delicious canapés and birthday cake! The special guest on the evening was legendary Kerry footballer, Marc O Se, who officially cut the birthday cake along with Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder managers Maura Crowley and Paudie Sweeney and owner Ally Alpine.

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#WearingIrish

This month (March) is #WearingIrish - an imaginative social media campaign which aims to raise the profile of Irish designers / retailers and enhance the reputation of the Irish fashion industry globally. Get involved :} Simply wear your favourite Irish designer or retailer - and share your look with the Hashtag #WearingIrish

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Liadan Hynes, fashion correspondent for LIFE magazine, Sunday Independent and freelance stylist, to join us at PR Masterclass in Dublin

We are delighted that Liadan Hynes, fashion correspondent for LIFE magazine, Sunday Independent and freelance stylist, will be joining us on our next PR Masterclass in the Grand Hotel in Malahide on Monday 3rd of April. Using over fifteen years working in the industry, Liadan will give the insiders perspective on how to contact print journalists, bloggers, influencers, TV and editorial stylists. She will guide participants through ensuring your pitch lands, explain how to identify the needs of various media platforms, show how to ensure you are providing the right information for the person you are pitching to, and where to allocate your pr budget to ensure your press pack has what it needs to gain maximum media coverage of your business.

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PR Masterclass - inspiring, engaging, informative and relevant

I hosted our first PR Masterclass of 2017 in the wonderful surroundings of Manor West Hotel, Tralee on Monday 20th of February. We had a full house of inspiring self starters from Kerry's vibrant fashion & lifestyle business community and the day was everything it should be in terms of interaction, active participation and practical learning (everyone went home with a self written news story for their own business). Next Stop - Grand Hotel Malahide, Dublin on Monday 3rd of April. 

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Over 250 attend Kerry launch of Ireland's first People Managers handbook

The Art of Asking the Right Questions - A People Manager’s Toolkit’ was officially launched at a reception in the Pavilion, Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee, County Kerry on Thursday night (9th of February). Written by HR & Employment Law Expert and Managing Director of The HR Suite, Caroline McEnery, ‘The Art of Asking the Right Questions’ is the ‘must have’ handbook for all people managers and employers across both the public and private sectors. 

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“The Art of Asking the Right Questions” launched in Residence Dublin

Ireland’s first people manager’s handbook entitled ’The Art of Asking the Right Questions - A People Manager’s Toolkit’  by leading HR & Employment Law Expert, Caroline McEnery, was officially launched at a reception in Residence Member’s Club, Stephen’s Green, Dublin on Thursday 2nd of February. The evening was MC’ed by well known broadcaster and former Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh and attended by many well known names from the Irish business world including publisher Norah Casey, who officially launched the book. 

The celebrations continue with the official launch in Kerry in Ballygarry House Hotel on Thursday 9th of February. 

Featured images Credit : Colm Mahady, Fennell Photography 

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www.teentimes.eu, founded by Kerry teenager, Zoe O’Connor, wins ‘The Special Award’ of the night at the prestigious .eu Web Awards

www.teentimes.eu, a fashion & lifestyle blog founded by Kerry teenager, Zoe O Connor, won the Special Award at the annual .eu Web Awards in the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium, last Wednesday night (16th November 2016). Zoe (centre) was presented with her trophy by top Italian professional tennis player, Fabio Fognini (left) and BBC world news correspondent Sally Bundock (right) at the glittering ceremony attended by finalists from all over Europe. For more information https://eurid.eu/en/news/the-2016-eu-web-awards-bringing-europe-together/
Pix : Nicolas Castin

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Not just for Christmas - a Holden is for life

Holden Leathergoods have created a collection of luxury leather bags and accessories for everyone and every occasion.  Irish designed and handmade from the finest leathers in their studio in Dingle, the Holden name is synonymous with quality, perfection and durability making each product both distinctive and desirable. 

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