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Declan scales the roof of Ireland for ultimate accolade

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Declan Cunningham, who successfully completed the Ultimate High Peaks Challenge' on the MacGillycuddy's Reeks in very rough conditions at the weekend. Declan is congratulated by event director Piaras Kelly, Kerryclimbing.ie. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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CONGRATULATIONS to well-known Kerry mountaineer Declan Cunningham who was first home after successfully completing the tough Ultimate High Peaks Challenge on Saturday.

Rough conditions were the order of the day as Declan and a host of other ambitious climbers set their sights on ascending 16 of the highest peaks in Ireland in one day.

Kerryclimbing.ie organised Killarney's Ultimate High Peaks Challenge which took trekkers along the iconic MacGillyuddy's Reeks, also known as The Roof of Ireland.

The climb was aimed at all mountain enthusiasts and saw participants trek over 25km of stunning, wild, rugged mountain terrain on 16 of Ireland’s highest summits, traversing the Gap of Dunloe and the magnificent and dramatic MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range, with a total height gain of over 2450 metres.

Participants self-navigated along a pre-planned marshalled route in terrain.
 


 
Above: Declan Cunningham, who successfully completed the Ultimate High Peaks Challenge' on the MacGillycuddy's Reeks in very rough conditions at the weekend. Declan is congratulated by event director Piaras Kelly, Kerryclimbing.ie. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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Rodeo lasso demo to kickstart 4th of July Festival on Friday

Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes. The choir […]

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Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes.

The choir is due to perform a concert in the town centre church on Friday evening..

However part of their act is a demonstration in the art of lasso ropes – a tradition that stems from the early farming days of the Wild West – and there isn’t enough room in the church for that element of their act.

Instead they will give a lasso demonstration on the grounds of St Mary’s from 5pm Friday.

“They are showcasing on the green space outside our church at 5pm,” the Venerable Simon J Lumby the Rector of Killarney said.

“They will perform rodeo lasso stunts as part of their act. We couldn’t accommodate that during the concert so we’ve got them to do it earlier outside.”

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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