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Council launches ‘Let’s Get Kerry Cycling’ campaign

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KERRY CYCLING: Pictured at the launch of the ‘Let’s Get Kerry Cycling’ were: John Murray (LGKC Project Manager), Cora Carrigg (Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership), Brian Neenan, Tara Silva and her Mum Claire Neenan, Dave Elton (Chain Gang Cycling Club) and Avril Hewitt (Chain Gang Cycling Club). Photo: Domnick Walsh

 

 

As part of the national campaign aimed at promoting activity, mental well-being and staying connected during the COVID-19, Kerry County Council has launched ‘Let’s Get Kerry Cycling’.

 

This announcement sees this initiative being rolled out over the coming weeks, commencing Friday, July 3 and will run until Sunday, August 16.  Previous campaign elements included the ‘Kerry Step Challenge’ and the ‘In the Bag’ initiative.

 

The #inthistogetherkerry campaign is building on the concept of doing something that makes people feel a little healthier and a little happier during current times. Therefore, Kerry County Council, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership/Sport Ireland and the Chain Gang Cycling Club have developed a unique and enjoyable programme of simple cycling themed activities, which are suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

 

The ‘Let’s Get Kerry Cycling’ initiative involves a six-week programme comprising of six fun themed activities, based on the humble bicycle. The weekly activities will include Week One; cycling solo or with a friend to the shop or perhaps meet for an outdoor cuppa, Week Two; a family cycle, Week Three; a cycle to a historical monument or a Wild Atlantic Way sign, Week Four; a cycle wearing ones’ favourite club or county colours, Week Five; a cycle to the water’s edge wrapping up the six weeks by cycling a marathon (42.1km) over seven days during the final week!

One will have lots of fun completing these manageable challenges and activities and possibly meet and greet other cyclists and neighbours along the journey throughout ones’ locality. Its envisaged that individuals and family members will exercise personal responsibility over the six-week timeframe, bearing in mind the themed cycles are to be completed within the current HSE and recommended travel guidelines.

To get involved, all sign up all details are on the sports partnership website www.kerryrecreationandsports.ie via Eventbrite and why not follow us on Facebook.

In This Together Kerry’ is spearheaded by a group comprising Kerry County Council’s Community Department, the Kerry Public Participation Network, the Kerry Age Friendly Programme, Healthy Kerry, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, Kerry Library, Kerry County Museum and the Kerry Arts Programme.

 

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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