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On your bike for Kerry County Council’s cycle to work challenge

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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL and the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership have put out a call to all workplaces in Kerry to participate in the 2016 ‘Cycle to Work Challenge’ which aims to get people onto their bikes and cycling to work more often.

Employees of Kerry County Council and a number of well known companies and public bodies around the county will be pedalling their way to work during National Week which runs from 11 to 19 June. The initiative by Kerry County Council will see several businesses encouraging their employees to take part in the challenge.

So far this year, a number of businesses and organisations have signed up including Killorglin-based Astellas, the Health Service Executive, the Institute of Technology Tralee and Kerry County Council. It is hoped to expand the number of participating workplaces this year and in the years ahead.

Córa Carrigg of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said: “Taking part in the challenge couldn’t be simpler and is a great opportunity to commence or continue a personal health behavioural change. We are asking companies to encourage their employees to cycle to work, even just for one or two days during National Bike Week from June 11 to 19. Even if it’s only parking up somewhere en route and cycling the rest of the way, that’s a start.

“We are asking participants to use the Strava App for the challenge so as to record their involvement and kilometres cycled. At the end of National Bike Week the distance and number of days travelled will be recorded. We are offering almost €2,000 in prize money to be divided across a number of categories. All details are available on www.kerryrecreationandsports.ie.”

Statistics show that cycling speed is approximately three times that of walking speed. If a car trip is replaced by a bike trip, then you save around 200 grams of CO2 per kilometre travelled. If a person living 4km from work cycles to and from work throughout the year, rather than driving, over the course of the year, around 300kg of CO2 emissions are avoided, according to Córa.

The cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Pat McCarthy, said the challenge was one of a number of events aimed at getting more people cycling. “Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of people cycling on Kerry’s roads which is wonderful from a health and exercise point of view,” he said. “We have some beautiful routes to cycle on in Kerry and we have seen many new cycle lanes provided in recent years which give people even more opportunity to get on their bikes.”

For more information, call 066-7184776 or e-mail info@kerryrecreationandsports.ie and www.kerryrecreationandsports.ie
 


 
Launching the Cycle to Work Challenge as part of National Bike Week today were Eoghan Barry (Astellas), Donal Hunt (ITT), Gina Halliday (Astellas), front, Micheál Ó Coileáin (KCC), Anna-Meria Costello (KCC), Córa Carrigg (Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership), Cllr Pat McCarthy (Cathaoirleach, Kerry County Council).

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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