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Another successful Killarney races draws to a close

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Killarney Races summer festival drew bumper crowds to both on and off track activities.

RACING: Cork Rose Jennifer Byrne and Kilkenny Rose Molly Coogan enjoy Killarney Races on Wednesday. Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

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ROSE RIVALS: Kerry Rose Edaein O'Connell and Galway Rose Clare Ann Irwin share a football joke at Killarney Races. Photo By: Domnick Walsh /Eye Focus LTD .

BUNCH OF ROSES: Waterford Helen Geary Wexford Joy Quigley Kllkenny Molly Coogan Kerry Edaein O'Connell Galway Clare Ann Irwin and Cork Jennifer Byrne and Escorts Brendan McSorley Jamie Flannery Gearoid McCarthy Patrick Murphy Sean Peyton and Shane McHughal enjoy a evening of racing. Photo By: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

One of the highlights of the week-long event was the arrival of several of the 2022 Rose of Tralee contestants and their Escorts.
Wednesday’s evening meeting offered the ideal opportunity to meet and mingle with roses from all over the country and all across the globe in a fun and relaxed setting.

Ciaran Wyrnn entertained on the lawn before and during racing, as Super Céilí got the crowd on their feet in the Jim Culloty Bar after racing.

The Monday Club, widely regarded as a day of relaxation or leisure for those involved in the hospitality industry all across the Kingdom, and the team at Killarney Races embraced this concept as their theme on the opening day of the festival.

Family Fun Tuesday was a great evening for all the family which included an action-packed arts and crafts station to entertain junior racegoers.

Thursday was a big day for race fans with seven national hunt races on the evening card.

Friday is Dawn Milk Ladies Day when ten lucky ladies and gents will be selected by celebrity judges Anna Daly and Aidan O’Mahony.

“There's always beautiful style in Killarney and for me it's about women who know what works for them rather than dressing for fashion's sake,” said Anna. “ I love to see a beautifully dressed woman enjoying herself and able to move in her stylish clothes and walk in her heels and I've no doubt there'll be plenty of those elegant ladies in Killarney this July.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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