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First O’Mahiny’s Regatta in three years

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After a three-year hiatus the Killarney Regatta returned to O'Mahony's Point in great style and colour on Sunday last.

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Nicola and Timmy O’Donoghue with their son Blake winner of the Bonny Baby competition at the Killarney regatta on Sunday.

Nicola and Timmy O’Donoghue with their son Blake winner of the Bonny Baby competition at the Killarney regatta on Sunday.

Peter O’Sullivan Sharon Cooper and Ger Sweeney enjoying the Killarney Regatta at O’Mahony’s Point on Sunday.

Flesk Valley Under 16 girls at the Killarney Regatta on Sunday.

Flesk Valley Under 16 girls at the Killarney Regatta on Sunday.

Flesk Valley Under 14s at the Killarney Regatta at O’Mahony’s Point on Sunday.

Cormac Flanagan Cathal Sugrue Donal Kelly (cox) Brayden Slattery and Dimitris Charalampakis winners of the U16 Coastal race at the Killarney Regatta on Sunday.

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John Hegarty and Jimmy Fleming supporting Flesk Valley at the Killarney Regatta on Sunday.

"It was great to see and hear the much loved Killarney six-oared boat on the water again and renew historic rivalries and great friendships.
Well done to everyone who rowed for Flesk Valley on Sunday and congratulations to our medal winners. Flesk Valley had victories in the U14 Boys and Girls, U16 Boys and U18 Girls in the coastal category. We're especially proud of those who rowed in their first Killarney regatta on Sunday and hope that they'll have many more in the Valley colours," said Flesk Valley Rowing Club's Donal Kelly.

"Thank you to all our coaches, coxes and hard-working committee members who did a fantastic job over the weekend, whether on the water or feeding the masses in the club tent.
"Thanks also to all the underage members and their parents who brought food and helped out in many different ways over the weekend. We are grateful also to Richie Leane for supplying the materials for our slipway and providing a generator for the day, and O'Shea's Fruit and Veg for the use of their truck for the day and a big box of fruit to go with it.

'Well done to everyone on the Killarney Regatta Committee for their hard work in organising everything and for their vision in introducing coastal races for the underage crews which very much added to the spectacle on the day.

"A special word of thanks to race starters Brian O'Sullivan (Flesk Valley) and Alan Lyne (Muckross) for doing a brilliant job in sometimes tricky conditions.

"Flesk Valley would also like to thank Workmen's Rowing Club and Cromane Rowing club for the use of their boats on Sunday."

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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