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Doherty wins a Cyclocross World Cup Trophy

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Cycling Club member Frank Doherty has a World Cup Trophy to his name after finishing third in an international Cyclocross competition on Saturday.

WORLD CUP: Frank Doherty finished third in the Mens' Senior Race in the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Dublin on Saturday.

Cycling Ireland hosted the ninth round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup at the Sport Ireland Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin over the weekend.

While some of the sport’s biggest names took part in the main event on Sunday, club and national riders were allowed enter support races over the same course on Saturday.

Doherty has ambitions to contest Rás Mumhan next Easter and is in the middle of an extensive winter training campaign to make the cut for the biggest road race in Kerry.

Cyclocross, a cross-country style race, is popular in traditional cycling countries like Belgium and The Netherlands. It was devised to give road racers an opportunity to compete through the winter and has grown to be one of the world’s most popular cycling disciplines.

Doherty entered the event as part of his winter training regime.

Sunday’s main event was won by three-time world champion Belgian Wout van Aert, a nine-time Tour de France stage winner.

On Saturday, Doherty competed on the same course that the world stars tackled the following day.

He describes the sport as being a hybrid of cross-country running, mountain biking and road racing.

“The atmosphere was crazy up there,” Doherty told the Killarney Advertiser.

“But I have a trophy that says the World Cup on it.”

He was surprised to finish third in the Senior Mens’ race. He was grouped with other riders including junior and masters and had lapped several other racers over the course of his seven laps.

“I thought I might have been fifth, I was over loading the van when I heard: ‘Can Frank Doherty make his way to the podium’ over the Tannoy.”

Mark McGlynn was the only other Killarney Cycling Club member competing in the event but his bike suffered a mechanical failure and he was not classified as a finisher.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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