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Fearless fundraisers wanted to take a Leap of Faith

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By Michelle Crean

Fearless fundraisers are being sought to descend from the iconic Hogan Stand and abseil over 100 feet to pitch side - all in aid of a Kerry charity.

The team at Kerry Cancer Support Group (KCSG) launched their 'Leap of Faith ‘22' challenge on Saturday last with charity ambassador Colm Cooper doing a demo on the day.

The abseil will take place in Croke Park on August 21 with funds used to finance the work being done by the group in Kerry, West Cork and West Limerick in the provision of their supported Healthlink transport services which transports patients to cancer related appointments free of charge in the region.

The funds will ensure that the group continues to uphold its mission and vision “that no one should face their cancer journey alone”. Since setting up the transport service in 2010 the group have transported over 6,000 service users to nearly 60,000 appointments and have become affectionately known as a "travelling support group".

Kerry Cancer Support Group have not set a fundraising goal for the abseil as it's their first time doing the event but hope that the challenge will be a popular one and provide a unique opportunity to see The Hogan Stand from a different angle.

Spaces are limited so there is a €100 registration fee to secure a place. The group will not set a target for each individual but hope that each does their best to raise funds to help keep this vital service on the road.

“We hope that the day will be an exciting one with a difference in Croke Park," Breda Dyland, Service Manager with KCSG, said.

"Kerry people are accustomed to a very different view from the Hogan Stand and doing the abseil with us will certainly be the ultimate adrenaline rush. We have been planning this for the past year and a half but restrictions meant we waited until now to book our slot. We are really looking forward to a day with family, friends and colleagues. Kerry comedian Bernard Casey was one of the first people to sign up so he should keep us entertained! We, like many other charities, are still in the midst of the fallout from the pandemic. Fundraising took a backseat because we were too busy keeping everyone safe. We hope that the 'Leap of Faith ‘22' challenge will raise much needed funds for the service and help us to continue to provide the vital transport links to treatment centres in the region.”

If you would like information on the 'Leap of Faith ‘22' challenge go to their website www.kerrycancersupport.com or contact info@kerrycancersupport.com.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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