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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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