School project puts mum and daughter on road to success

A Carlow candle creator who launched a family business via her daughter’s transition year project, will be featured on a national stage at Ireland’s biggest wellbeing event the Mind, Body, Spirit and Yoga Festival in the RDS, Dublin, from March 18 to 20. 

From her home in the village of Ballon, Elaine Kelly of NicAngels Candles produces beautifully marbled candles which are sold in craft markets and holistic fairs around the country.

Her daughter Angela, now 21, helped set up what has become a family business when she was just a schoolgirl.

“In transition year, Angela took part in a mini company making marbled candles and she was so interested we encouraged her to keep it on, the whole thing just grew from there,” said Elaine.

Very much a family affair the name NicAngels is a combination of the names of Elaine’s two daughters, Nicole and Angela, and both girls are involved in the trade.

“We buy in the plain candles and by using a selection of some 30 different colours and shades we have created a whole range of different styles of marbled ones.

“We have candles for special occasions, weddings, birthdays, mother’s day and we have a chakra collection based on the seven colours of the chakras. We have even developed a special tri-coloured one in honour of 1916.”

Elaine is among a host of fascinating exhibitors and speakers at the inspirational festival which offers the chance to discover the latest in life enhancing positive psychology with 75 talks by top Irish and international experts plus exhibits by over 150 complementary and healing practitioners.

How 21st century life is making us fatter and the psychology behind what really helps people to lose weight will be revealed at the RDS event.

Health scientist Dr Ailis Brennan will be exploring what motivates people into healthy eating, while nutritionist Alan Flanagan will show how 21st century lifestyles are making us seek fattening foods, and nutritional therapist Karen Ward will tell how diet helped her cure her virulent Crohn’s disease.

“People can look forward to a truly stimulating, vibrant and potentially life-changing experience at Mind, Body, Spirit,” said festival organiser Louis O’Sullivan.

With over 150 stands visitors can explore everything from angels and aromatherapy to Reiki and reflexology, with sound therapy, massage, meditation, bio-energy healing, crystals, chakra tools, Tibetan bowls and yoga therapy.

The live stage will be buzzing with free entertainment as a lively mix of 45 performances including music, dance, drumming and yoga demonstrations, take place over the three day event.

And the Wellbeing studio offers the chance to enjoy sample classes and tasters of a wide variety of complementary and holistic therapies.

The Mind, Body, Spirit and Yoga Festival, March 18-20 at the RDS, Dublin.