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3000 enjoy plastic free Killarney event

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BIODEGRADABLE: Single-use bottles were replaced with compostable cups for water at the various water stations along the routes and at the finish line.

By Sean Moriarty

A plastic bottle-free event proved a huge success at the recent Gleneagle Hotel Run Killarney.

Single-use bottles were replaced with compostable cups for water at the various water stations along the routes and at the finish line.

More than 3000 runners took part in either the half-marathon or 10k, with the longest sections featuring a run from Moll’s Gap to the Gleneagle Hotel via the National Park.

“Of particular significance this year was the launch of our plastic bottle-free initiative,” Race Director, Oliver Kirwan, said. “We are always working towards making our events as green as possible.”

In the half-marathon, Cork dominated the field, the first male was Alan O’Brien from Eagle AC in Cork, coming in at a time of 1hr 09mins 13 seconds. In 2nd place was Michael Morgan, St Finbarr’s AC, Cork (1hr 10mins 44 sec) and 3rd place went to Vivian Foley also from Eagle AC, Cork (1hr 11mins 05 sec). The first female home in the half marathon was Teresa Murphy from Kent, UK, coming home in 1hr 22mins 46 sec followed by Helen Healy from Raheny in Dublin in 1 hr 24min 20 sec and in third place, Claire O’Brien from Watergrasshill AC, Cork, in 1hr 24mins 46 sec.

The 10k race got underway from the Gleneagle Hotel at 9.15am. First across the line in the 10K was Kieran McKeown, Watergrasshill AC, Cork, 33 mins 28sec, first female to come in was Kerry native Mary Daly at 38 mins 01 sec. Other category wins in the 10k included Ger Daly who won the overall male wheelchair category in a time of 01hr 22min 02 sec and Ross Gallagher in the visually impaired category in 1hr 01 min 52 secs.

“What an amazing day we had at Run Killarney, next year will be our 10thyear and it’s fantastic to see this event is still so popular with local people and visitors alike. We are privileged to be able to run this event in such a spectacular setting. Well done to everyone who took part in the event, whether they broke their PB or walked at a leisurely pace.”

 

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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