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DUCK RACE: ‘The Great Killarney Duck Race’ will raise funds for Kilcummin National School on June 14.

 

Killarney has a world class horse racing reputation, champion jockeys and trainers are part of the town’s fabric - but now townsfolk can prepare themselves for an alternative event - as Duck Racing is coming to Killarney later this month.

‘The Great Killarney Duck Race’ will raise funds for Kilcummin National School and is ‘con-duck-ted’ by the school’s Parents Association.

The June 14 event, will see hundreds of ducks take on the challenges of the Deenagh River, Port Road, starting at the playground bridge.

Over 300 ducks are expected to enter the race and it promises to be great ‘quack’.

The Parents Association wanted to highlight a current ‘pre-duck-ament’ in the school – so organised this event to raise money to enhance existing facilities and help with the purchase of new equipment for the school.

"We were looking for a fun family event that everyone could enter and enjoy to finish off the school year," Derek O’Leary, Chairperson of the Kilcummin NS Parents Association, said. “We'll have a Best Dressed Duck costume prize for someone who makes the effort to go a bit quackers on the evening of the race.”

Fully-fledged racing ducks, with up-to-date ‘me-duck-al’ records are available to buy at Kilcummin Post Office and the Dungeon Bookshop in Killarney. Organisers will also have a pop up shop at the Market Cross tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm - 4pm. Ducks can also be bought from 5.30pm - 6.30pm on the evening of the race too.

The race starts from the bridge at the playground on Port Road, across from the cathedral with the finish line at the bridge near the main entrance to Deenagh Lodge and the Demesne.

Participants can adopt a duck for €5 with first prize a one night family break in Kilkenny.

"It’s also such a good setting to run the race with clear views of the river on both banks of the river, so no excuse for not coming out to cheer on your duck," Derek, who supports the ed-duck-cation of local children, added.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

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The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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