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Big-Hearted Bikers Rally Together for Charity

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Big-hearted motorcyclists and scooter riders worldwide will take to the roads on June 3 to raise funds for charity.

Ride Sunday is the international day of riding for a cause and any rider with a motor and two wheels is encouraged to participate and raise funds for charity. At Ireland BikeFest, which takes place in Killarney across the June bank holiday weekend, bikers, regardless of bike style or riding preference, will ride in the famous BikeFest Parade through the streets of the town on Sunday morning at 11am in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.

The Ride Sunday parade is just one of many events taking place during Ireland BikeFest. There is also a jam-packed programme of free live entertainment across three stages, including international headline acts such as The Affray, The Irish Rolling Stones, JoanovArc, The Harleys and festival legends Hells Bells.

Located on the grounds of The Gleneagle Hotel, the Bike Village is the main hub of activity throughout the weekend, featuring the Harley-Davidson® Experiential Zone, Free H-D Demo Rides around Killarney, the Custom Bike Show, traders, merchandise, motorcycle rentals, Ladies Garage Party and the Novelty Dog Show. The Bike Village also offers the best festival food, fantastic family fun and the popular Harley® Bar.

For bikers keen to take in the incredible scenery along the Skellig Coast, Ring of Kerry and Slea Head, there are daily ride-outs along the Wild Atlantic Way marshalled by Celtic Thunder Chapter Ireland and Gaelic Chapter Ireland.

And if you are not a biker don’t worry! Ireland BikeFest Killarney also welcomes visitors, tourists and families who just want to experience the Bike Village, have fun and enjoy the free live entertainment. You don’t even have to own a bike; you can just bask in the glory of some slick, well-built machines and enjoy the unique party and convivial festival atmosphere of Ireland BikeFest. You may even win your own motorcycle in the Win a Harley-Davidson® Raffle in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.

To keep up-to-date with festival news as it happens stay tuned to www.irelandbikefest.com or check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/irelandbikefest/

Ireland BikeFest Killarney is supported by Harley-Davidson® UK and Ireland, Authorised Dealers and H.O.G.® Chapters in association with Fáilte Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way and Destination Killarney Ltd.

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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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