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Honorary role as Davide named Italian Count

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By Colm Looney

 

This past week, local townsman Davide Mosca – an established expert in the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and the well-known architect who was recently recognised for his creation and design of the newly founded ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre in Killarney – donned the garbs of medieval times gone by and bore the mantle of the 72nd Count Pierre at his native homestead.

Davide, alongside his family, ventured back to his place of origin, the Italian Alpine village of Verrès, where he accepted the honorary role and was coronated as ‘Count Pierre of Verrès’ making him the third member of his family to do so, closely taking after his late father, Bruno, and brother, Stefano.

Also on the trip to witness the experience was local Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Paul Sherry.

As part of the celebrations Davide participated in the events of the town’s historic Carnevale, an almost Puck Fair meets Game of Thrones styled Mardi Gras festival throughout the town, surrounded by family and friends from the Emerald Isle and the Valle d’Aosta.

The organised events included a grand and vibrant coronation, a lavish torchlight procession as the ‘Count’ was paraded through the town, and also an enormous mouth-watering banquet organised by the town’s council. These festivities are all meant to reflect legends of old which surround the holiday.

The main myth goes that in the 1400s the Count of Challant, Pierre, joined locals in a large ceilí-like dance, in the town centre. Ever since the end of the second world war there has been a yearly four-day long celebration which honours one native man and woman from the town who are titled the Count and Countess.

“The four days were fantastic!” Davide told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They were very busy days. Early in the morning I visited schools, creches and nursing homes while very late nights were spent in the castle. The highlight of the carnival was the interaction I had with the locals, and the interaction they had with the Irish people who were with me in Italy,” he said.

He also added that they are working now to begin a strong relationship between the two towns. Originally the Verrès Carnival Band was due to arrive in Killarney for this year’s St Patrick’s Day festivities but due to the cost of transporting musical equipment it has been postponed until next year.

“We’ll try to make an exchange for students involving language learning, soccer and skiing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

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​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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