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Explore the county with Kerry’s Well-being Walks

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WALK FOR WELL-BEING: Walking groups from all over Kerry pictured in Ballyseedy Woods at the launch of Kerry's Well-being Walks. Front row from left: Eithne Garvey (Dingle Hillwalking Club), Maurice Reen (Sliabh Luachra Hillwalking Club), Mary Pattwell and John Linehan, (Ballymac Glenageenty Ramblers). Back row from left: Mary B. Clifford (Laune Mountaineering Club), Noel O' Neill (Dingle Hillwalking Club), Askea Calnan (Community Walking Programme Facilitator), Mícheál MacGuidhir (Dingle Hillwalking Club), Bridget Moriarty (Laune Mountaineering Club). Photo: Pauline Dennigan

After months of lockdown and with the reopening of the county, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership is delighted to announce a new walking initiative called 'Kerry’s Well-being Walks', as a continuation of Kerry County Council’s 'In this Together Kerry' campaign.

Previous campaign elements included the 'Kerry Step Challenge', 'In the Bag' and 'Let’s Get Kerry Cycling' initiatives.

Kerry’s Well-being Walks are commencing week beginning July 13 and will continue for six weeks. This is an invitation for people within and beyond the local communities, to join the walking clubs for a series of low-level trail walks, which are suitable for all fitness levels. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who would like to socialise and extend one’s social circle by meeting new people and getting active while being outdoors in nature.

The walks will take place in the Ballymacelligott, Dingle, Killorglin and Sliabh Luachra geographical areas courtesy of the Dingle Hillwalking Club, Ballymac-Glanageenty Ramblers, Laune Mountaineering Club and Sliabh Luachra Hillwalking Club.

“This programme is only possible because of the generous time given by representatives of our local hill walking clubs," Askea Calnan, the Community Walking Programme Facilitator, said. "It is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people in the community and perhaps even begin a new adventure.”
"While walking with the clubs social distancing will always be maintained and need to mindful and respectful of the requests of the walking leaders. We are not quite there yet but in this together we’ll get through."

Anyone interested in joining the walks, all information can be found on our website, www.getkerrywalking.ie; and Facebook page: Get Kerry Walking. The cost is €10 plus a small service fee for all six walks. This programme fee includes a neck buff and will aid in rolling out and expanding this initiative across our county. It’s important that one must pre-register as groups sizes are restricted to 15 participants in each location, so please sign up early to avoid disappointment.

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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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