Posted on: 3rd April, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: Sherna Malone

Skincare and beauty expert Sherna Malone shares her knowledge and expertise of all things beauty – from skin care do’s and don’ts to the latest products out there.

For me growing up, beauty and skincare were part and parcel of everyday life. My mother, Bronwyn Conroy, was Ireland’s leading skincare expert; she opened the first ever Beauty Training School in Ireland back in 1972. Indeed many, if not all, of the private colleges in Ireland today were trained by her. Often referred to as the doyenne of the beauty business, today she still carries off that accolade with aplomb! ‘Prevention is better than cure’ is what she would say to everyone and anyone who asked for her advice regarding skincare and how to look after yourself. Whether it was someone asking her on the street or someone who had written into her weekly column in the Sunday Press of old, this was her mantra, and one that I have adopted and followed throughout my adult life.

On leaving school, it was assumed I would automatically follow in her footsteps but after she herself dropped out from UCG to follow her beauty passion, it was suggested “go to college Sherna, it’ll be great for you” and being the ever-so-obedient eldest daughter, off I went! I completed an honours degree in Psychology from UCD and from there I went on to study Human Resource Management. Having worked in various roles in industry, I guess my heart was always with beauty, so eventually I joined the family business and was Managing Director of the Beauty School for over 15 years.

In 2014, my family and I decided to go on a little adventure and we landed in West Cork! My husband, twin girls Ella and Zoe, and I, have never looked back. Rosscarbery is now home. The beauty bug though, still shines as bright as ever and it is very much part of me and what I love to talk about. I am a qualified Beautician and have taught many students who have successfully gone on to follow their own beauty dream, so it is an absolute pleasure to have this space and be able to share with you my knowledge and expertise of all things beauty. From skin care do’s and don’ts to the latest products out there, my goal with this column is to help you make the right decisions for your skincare or beauty needs that will not only help how you feel on the outside but also how you feel on the inside, which is equally as important.

For me, it is a very exciting time in the beauty industry, especially surrounding skincare products, and how rapidly the technology and our understanding of the physiology and biology of skin has changed and evolved. We have new ingredients, new combinations of ingredients and new discoveries that have all transformed what products can do for us. Not only that, but research into how the skin functions has also enabled us to shed new light on the best possible ways to take care of our skin. While you may not think too much about your skin care routine, the truth is we all should, and it really is very simple. Sometimes, it’s the marketing and advertising that tends to complicate the process!

With that in mind, next month I’ll be focusing on my mantra ‘prevention is better than cure’ and how following a few simple skincare rules will keep your skin healthier and fitter for longer! If you have topics you would like to know more about or if you have skin concerns you would like me to answer, I would love for you to get in touch with me by email at and I will endeavour to answer all you queries.
You can also follow me on Instagram

Sherna will hold a ‘One Day Teen Beauty and Empowerment Workshop with Afternoon Tea’ at the Celtic Ross Hotel, on Sunday April 22, 10-4pm, €60. For more details email

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13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing

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9th April, 2018  ·  

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