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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 stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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