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First Velo Kenmare hailed a resounding success

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Cyclists from all over Ireland took on the challenging, mountainous course of Velo Kenmare, a 135km of Ireland’s steepest climbs, on Saturday.

TOUGH STUFF: A cyclist taking part in Velo Kenmare Ireland’s newest and toughest cycling event.

Ireland’s newest and toughest cycling event is a timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare, with a total climbing distance of 1,650m.

Cyclists enjoyed fabulous autumn weather for this inaugural cycle with blue skies, sun and dry weather holding up for this scenic tour of Kerry.

The tough mountain climbs took cyclists over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. Participating cyclists were given €20 ‘Velo Dollars’/vouchers to spend in local shops redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Overall fastest male cyclist was Jerry McCarthy who finished in 03:49:01, followed by Ewan Buckley in 03:49:14, and Bernard Sweeney in 03:51:35.

Overall fastest female cyclist was Diane Behan in a time of 04:16:08, followed by Astrid Sasses in 04:41:39 and Regina Sheehan in 04:56:32.

Fastest male and fastest female over four categorised mountain climbs including Molls Gap, Ballaghbema Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista, were crowned King and Queen of the Mountains. The King of the Mountains was Ewan Buckley in 3 hours 49 minutes, and Queen of the Mountains was Diane Behan in 4 hours 16 minutes.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver the Ring of Beara Cycle, Ride Dingle and Wicklow 200.

“We are very happy to bring this challenging cycling event to Kenmare and support local business and community groups in the process," event organiser, Ollie Kirwin, said.

"Kenmare has always proved a very welcoming and friendly host town for many of our events, and we hope to build on Velo Kenmare as a regular cycling sportive in the coming years. It was designed to be a tough event for the serious cyclist and by all accounts the feedback was it was tough enough! In this way, we were also able to showcase the most stunning parts of Kerry and the country to our visiting participants, via iconic views from some of Ireland’s highest mountain passes and most scenic coastal roads.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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