Returning to roots

Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Paula Curtis Lady Pearls Salon

Some of you might remember my salon, Lady Pearl’s on Connolly St, Clonakilty; a little vibrant shining gem of a place where Vintage Retro met the very modern.

I was working hard, styling and creating hair there until the end of June 2012 when that awful flood hit West Cork – it was devastating for all of us. You could say Mother Nature has a way with cleansing the soul and within six weeks my life had changed forever!

How did I recover you may ask? I decided to change my life, took a step back and asked myself that BIG question we all ask ourselves from time to time, ‘what do I really want?’ What I wanted was to learn new things, gain new knowledge and essential new training, all in the name of hair! So, I took my little self off on new, different adventures, working alongside unique world renowned stylists and designers, mostly in locations in the UK, but some in Ireland too, working both in fashion and of course with the lovely hair.

I put on my best wellies and worked with young independent designers on fashion and hair shoots around the country, using a mix of classic and contemporary styling or what I love to call Urban Street meets the lovely Doris Day (my hair icon). I excitedly worked alongside the Creative Director of Vidal Sassoon. I cut hair along the vibrant and very colourful Brick Lane in London. I coloured hair in kitchens. I teased curls in Art Houses around East London. I even set up shop, a pop-up Lady Pearl’s you could say, in forests at festivals. I took courses so my little fingers could be the best of the best. I even burnt the engine out of my little car going from A to Z and back to A again…all in the name of hair!

So yes, you could say it’s been a very busy two years but definitely worth doing. You see, I come from a long line of hairdressers and barbers; it’s literally in the blood flowing through my veins. I love it and I’m great at it. So, where am I now? Right back where I belong and where it all started, in the heart of Clonakilty’s Spiller’s Lane! I have re-opened Lady Pearl’s next to the Olive Branch offering my own unique personal styling service.

What’s different this time? Now I do new classic and elegant styling with a totally modern and contemporary twist! It’s unique to you and unique to your personal style and that’s so important. I’ll also teach you how to mange your hair and even give you tutorials and styling tips to show you how to use products. I’ll advise you on hair care and on how to style it at home. Mostly what I do is a therapy, I take it very seriously and believe the smallest and most subtle change can lift and change a person’s whole face, which in turn makes us feel uplifted.

I’m now writing this monthly column talking about hair, beauty hints, with tips on products and how to manage your gorgeous locks.

Feel free to contact me at my Hair Lounge, I’m open Wednesday to Saturday by appointment. The telephone number is 087-396-5213 or simply pop in for a selection of herbal teas and coffees and I always have lovely cake!

hair2Curvy glamour curls

For this hairstyle you will need a tongs, dry shampoo, hair spray, and shine spray and a couple of bobby pins

Step 1: Prep your hair with some combing and a spritz of dry shampoo.

Step 2: Section large areas of the hair and tong from the ends up.

Step 3: Continue all over the head.

Step 4: Spritz the curls with hair spray and leave cool.

Step 5: Gently smooth them out with your fingers and bring to one side using bobby pins at the nape of the neck to secure.

Step 6: Spritz with shine spray and your glamour curl waves are red carpet ready, use additional spray to hold.

All of these products are available in

Lady Pearl’s Hair Lounge in Spiller’s Lane

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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.
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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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8th March, 2018  ·  

Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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