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Australian Luke Tuckwell reigns supreme to win Dornan Ras

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Words by Mark Murphy Photos by Caroline Kerley

Monday’s final stage of the Ras Mumhan consisted of 113km rolling out from Killorglin onto the Annadale road for three laps around Beaufort and then 10 laps of the historical Killorglin town circuit.

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Overnight leader Luke Tuckwell of Trinity racing had 33 seconds over second place Dom Jackson of Foran CT, and 42 seconds off third place Tom Martin of All Human Velo Revolution.
The race’s roll out time was 10 am and the bunch sat at speeds up and over 50 kmph, with the 113km stage being completed in under two and a half hours.
Hard probing attacks were seen by Daire Feely from the outset who was 1 minute and 50 seconds off the pace going into Monday’s stage, clearly desperate to try and upset Trinity Racing’s game plan.
Coming in to Beaufort for the first lap, a group of nine riders held a gap of 22 seconds, with Daire Feely seeming to be driving it on desperate to pull back his deficit on the overall leaders.
Weather proved to be onside for the day as the dry roads allowed for a wicked pace as the front group managed to extend their gap up to 34 seconds.
Entering Killorglin for start of Lap two, the breakaway shortened to 23 seconds until they were eventually hauled in.
With the peloton back together, attacks were endless until a huge split arose in the bunch stretching to 43 seconds before entering Beaufort for the last time.
Yellow Jersey holder Tuckwell was in the chase desperate not to lose any time and working well with his team mates of Trinity Racing.
Mitchell McLoughlin of All Human Velo rEvolution, Seth Dunwoody, Cycling Ireland, Adam Lewis of Team Skyline, Lindsay Watson of Cycling Ulster and Conor McKennon of team Isle of Man, had a 55 second gap heading in to the 10 laps of Killorglin.
Tensions were high and crashes occurred with riders coming down on the road coming in to Killorglin.
The five riders managed to hold on to their lead for four laps until Dunwoody launched an attack joined by Lewis, which was bridged across by Thomas Springbett, Paul Kennedy Odhran Doogan and Mitchell McLoughlin.
Entering the last lap, Trinity were closing down every break with the remainder of the peloton all together with 3km to go.
Joe Pidccock of Trinity Racing, managed to outsprint Doogan of Caldwell Wheelers and Patrick O’Loughlin of Greenmount Cycling Academy, to take the win with Luke Tuckwell neatly packed in the group behind to take his win on General Classification and retain his Yellow Jersey.

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Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]

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This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:- https://eventmaster.ie/event/dW04CnGSwV

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]

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BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.

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