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Barraduff locals to take on charity spin

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By Michelle Crean

A number of Barraduff locals have set the wheels in motion to raise funds for a very worthy charity.

They are planning to get on their bikes after Christmas for a spinning fundraiser, which takes place on Thursday, December 30 in Barraduff Community Centre in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (KBRT). It is being organised by Jenny McCarthy and Declan O'Donoghue of Triumph Coaching, along with the support of the Barraduff Community Field Organisation.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the body or bodies of loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland.

"The event itself will see six 40 minutes spinning classes being held with all donations on the day going towards this wonderful charity," Jenny said.

"The reward for those who wish to participate will not only be supporting a worthy cause but tea, cakes, and lots of treats will be available afterwards."

A coffee morning is also being organised as part of the fundraiser, open to everyone that morning – not just spinners!

"Our key concern is that participants and supporters on the day stay as safe as possible. We will be adhering strictly to Government guidelines and all necessary precautions will be in place throughout the venue," she added.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust was founded in 2013 following the tragic death of Kevin Bell, aged 26 years, in New York. Repatriation can cost up to £12,000 depending on the circumstances of the death, local charges, and hospital release costs.

“KBRT have now repatriated 1,195 loved ones to their families in Ireland, with 32 of those being to Kerry alone, from countries worldwide such as Australia, Argentina, South Korea, USA, Canada, Ecuador, Cambodia, India, Uganda to name just a few. The Trust repatriates approximately 15-20 loved ones back to Ireland per month. We are asking as many people as possible to participate in this fun event to help raise funds for this charity which has touched so many people’s lives. If you can’t make the event itself there is an opportunity to donate via the iDonate fundraising page: 'JenniferMcCarthy', and all contributions are gladly welcome."

Spinning sessions are running from 9am to 1.30pm on the day and if you’d like to book please contact Jenny on 086 1037496 or Declan on 087 6945188.

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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

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Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

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The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

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