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If the beer cap fits….Ireland’s top brewers are on their way to Killarney

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GET set to brew up a storm as you join Ireland’s top craft brewers for the annual celebration of barley and hops at Killarney Beerfest from May 26 to 28.

Ballyvourney’s 9 White Deer Brewery along with twenty other craft beer producers from all over Ireland will bring over 100 craft beverages to Killarney Beerfest.

Elite craft brewers will descend on Killarney bringing with them kegs of tasty delights to quench the collective thirst of festival fans who can enjoy beer tasting master classes, a gala awards ceremony, competitions, tasty bites at the food village and live entertainment.

Once again, the league of extraordinary beer drinkers, in the guise of Beoir Ireland, will host their awards programme at the festival and various breweries will be putting their best new craft-mixtures up for consideration to see who rules the roost in 2017. The awards are open to all Irish Breweries North and South and the panel of judges is led by Reuben Gray of Beoir along with CAMRA and EBCU members. There are eight categories in total with top kudos going to the Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland.

Last year's winners, Kinnegar Brewing, will be hoping to have a repeat of the success they had with Flying Saucer, while last year's Trouble Brewery and White Hag Brewery will be hoping to gain a lead by working on the successes of their respective concoctions, Stakeout and Púca.

This year, the overall winning beer will get the opportunity to brew an exclusive craft beer for Carry Out Licence. Festival sponsor Carry Out Off Licence are offering this unique opportunity to brew a craft beer complete with a full promotional campaign with Ireland’s leading chain of off licences.

Or for those that just want to sit back and sip their stout then this music line up will keep your thirsty. Irish Folk Band Rackhouse Pilfer, trad heroes Beoga, fresh from collaborating with Ed Sheeran on his latest album Divide, as well as The Whileaways headline Killarney Beerfest alongside The Small Hours, The Tom Cats, The Rising, and DJ’s to keep you supping all night!

As well as all of this, there will be a fantastic variety of workshops. You'll have the perfect excuse to dispose of your perilously breakable wine glasses after learning about beer and food pairings with Caroline Hennessy, the award winning Irish food writer and broadcaster. ‘Say Cheese’ and combine some of the finest craft ciders with cheese at the insightful and exciting cheese and cider pairing hosted by Jacqueline Stedman of Liquid Curiosity. Dean McGuinness of
Newstalk’s Movies & Booze will present Beer Flavour in the Brain – an understanding of how our brains process the flavour of craft beer. Take it from us, it promises to be enlightening! And Christina Wade President of Ladies Craft Beer Society highlights the role of women within the industry. The guys who put the hip into hops, the National Homebrew Club, will also be rocking about leading Brewing Demos workshops which will help you learn more about your own brew bubbling away in the corner at home.

Here is your golden opportunity to treat yourself to a selection of great tipples. It will be a packed weekend, so you should feel positively ebullient if you're a craft beer aficionado! From the experienced beer sommelier to the novice pint drinker Killarney Beerfest suitable for people of all levels of knowledge and interest.
 


 
Above: If the beer cap fits: Don O’Leary, left, and Gordon Lucey, awardwinning craft beer producers, Ballyvourney’s 9 White Deer Brewery, Co Cork, getting in the mood for Killarney Beerfest, which takes place at The Gleneagle Hotel from May 26-28.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Killarney co-drivers to the fore at this weekend

Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship. The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness. On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin. O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian […]

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Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship.

The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness.
On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin.

O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian Pryce, is the current leader of the series while Galvin, who reads pacenotes for fellow Killarney and District Motor Club member, West Cork’s Keith Cronin, is eighth after missing the opening round.

“The element of darkness certainly brings an additional challenge to all the crews, especially since most of us will not have done any night stages for some time, the most recent I did was in 2017 on the Ulster Rally,” Cronin noted.

The route layout reads like an extract from the itinerary of the World Championship counting RAC Rally of the 1980s, featuring familiar locations such as Dalby, Gale Rigg and Langdale, and it will be the Dalby Forest test that opens the competition shortly after 8pm tonight.

Meanwhile, Irish rallying returned last Sunday after the pandemic-enforced lay-off with the ‘Munster Car Club’s Cork 20’.

London-based Listry co-driver Shane Buckley was the best of the local entrants, guiding Daniel Cronin, Keith’s brother, to fifth overall.

Ger Conway and his driver Stephen Wright were just two places and 8.9 seconds behind in another Ford Fiesta RC2. It was Conway’s first taste of a RC2 car since he and Rob Duggan finished second overall on the 2018 Donegal International Rally.

“There is a taste of more after this,” said Ger after a trouble-free day.
Damien Fleming came close to making it four local co-drivers in the top 10. He and his driver Stephen McCann were 11th, just 16.6 off the leader board. They said it took a while to get used to the bumpy Irish tar after a recent trip to the Tour of Flanders in Belgium.

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Education Minister officially opens The Mon’s new classrooms

A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education. Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room […]

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A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education.

Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room and a general-purpose hall.

The project, which was funded by Department of Education along with money raised by the school as part of their ‘THE MON-ster Fundraiser’, was just one of three officially opened new additions to the school along with a special dedication of the school’s hall in honour of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a past pupil of the school from 1909-1914.

Also, The Most Rev. Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, officially opened a three-classroom extension at the school’s present site which was opened in 1958 having moved from its College Street location which was opened in 1838 by the Presentation Brothers.

Former Supreme Court Judge Hugh O’Flaherty and Mrs Pearl Dineen the nephew and niece of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty officiated over the dedicating of the school’s new hall to past pupil, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, in recognition of his heroic deeds during WWII.

O’Flaherty, who also taught at the school later, became better known for the role he played in World War II while at the Vatican leading over 6,500 prisoners of war, partisans and Jews to freedom to earn him the title of the ‘Vatican Pimpernel’, leading to the 1983 film ‘The Scarlet and the Black’ with Gregory Peck portraying the role of O’Flaherty.

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

A special outdoor classroom ‘Dotts Garden’, dedicated to the memory of Dorothy (Dott) Hennggler the 2011 Washington DC Rose who died at the family home in Baltimore from a brain tumour, was officially opened by Anne O’Shea (aunt of the late Dorothy), and Àine McMahon (cousin of the late Dorothy and BOM member). The outdoor classroom was beautifully decorated over the summer by artist Katríona Lynch.

Due to COVID restrictions, the main event took place outdoors with staff joined by a small group of pupils selected from each of the classes representing the student body along with members of the school’s Board of Management.

“Your achievements have been remarkable over the last number of months,” Minister of Education, Norma Foley, said today at the official opening.

“It is my wish going forward that the next year in education will be less complicated, less trying and less difficult one. I think school staff are deserving of that. We can put the COVID atmosphere behind us and we are moving positively along. We hope that in a few months we will talk about living in a post-COVID time. The story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty speaks of the calibre of students produced here, but it also speaks of the courage and bravery and vision that Kerry people can have in the most difficult and trying of times.”

School principal Colm Ó Suilleabháin, who is shortly moving on to St Oliver’s NS in Ballycasheen, was delighted to be in attendance to see the building come to fruition.

“It’s a fantastic culmination of hard work by the staff and the Board of Management, and we are delighted to see the school is fully equipped and resourced for the next generation of pupils from Killarney and beyond,” he said.

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