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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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