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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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