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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, BallymacGlanageenty 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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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