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31kms of Kerry roads could decide the Rás Tailteann

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By Sean Moriarty

The Rás Tailteann makes a welcome return to the roads of Kerry this week.

RÁS READY: Members of Killarney Cycling Club are ready for the Rás Tailteann which gets underway tomorrow (Wednesday).

Ireland’s biggest cycle race is returning for the first time since 2019.

It will get underway tomorrow (Wednesday) from Dublin with the first stage set to finish at the Horse and Jockey village later that day.

Stage Two will start in the Tipperary town and will finish in Castleisland on Thursday evening.

The Peloton will first arrive in Kerry from the Ballydesmond side. The race is expected to arrive in Gneeveguilla at around 1.45pm on Thursday. It will pass through Scartaglin at around 1.50pm before arriving in Castleisland at 2pm.

Climbers will relish the King of the Mountains challenge at Crag Cave just after 2pm before the riders return to Castleisland via the main Limerick Road.

The stage finish is on the approach to Castleisland about 1km after the entrance to Desmond’s GAA pitch.

“This final section on 31 kilometres of Kerry roads could prove to be the most decisive of the week. After a relatively flat opening stage some very big moves will be made on the tough roads from the Horse and Jockey outside Thurles in County Tipperary to Castleisland which will include the Crag Caves climb as the riders near the finish of the 154.8km stage,” said race director Gerard Campbell.

Friday’s stage will start in Newcastle West, County Limerick.

Please note that this updated timetable is different to the one that was published in last week’s issue of the Killarney Advertiser.

This historic and prestigious international showpiece event for Irish Cycling has deep roots in the Kingdom both in terms of having visited Kerry so many times but also with Kerry cyclists who have done so well in the event over the years. This goes right back to Gene Mangan winning the race in 1955. Others to win the event were the now deceased Paudie Fitzgerald, Mick Murphy and Seamus Kennedy as well as Andy Roche who rode for Kerry in 1997.

However, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Killorglin’s John Mangan winning the race and the stage into Castleisland is honouring John’s great achievement in 1972.

Killarney riders are approaching this year’s event with confidence as their preparation has gone well for them.

Killarney Cycling Club riders are under the management of Stephen Daly, Denis O’Shea, Mike Breen and Niamh Sheahan.

Team members are: John Brosnan, Lorcan Daly and Conor Kissane, who will lead the Kerry team’s challenge and will be accompanied by Simon Ryan and Leo Doyle.

“The club is once again in a position to be part of the biggest race in Irish cycling. With the postponement of the International Junior Tour and the Rás during the pandemic, it is a platform for our elite riders to once again race at the top table and in response to our strong financial support from our sponsors throughout the pandemic and in turn building for future Rás teams,” said Killarney Cycling Club chairman Mark Murphy.

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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