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First Women’s Shed set up in Kerry

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WOMEN'S SHED: One local group is planning to set up a Women's Shed. Pictured l-r were: Mary Fitzgerald, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan (Coordinator of KASI), Gladys Mteshani and Sheila Casey. Photo: Francis Foley

 

By Michelle Crean

With four new sewing machines one local group is planning to set up a Women’s Shed – which is probably the first of its kind in Kerry.

Coordinator of KASI, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, is very excited about this new initiative.

The Women’s Shed, just like the Men’s Shed will be a place of ‘creativity’ and also a social place to meet other women with shared interests. The group will focus on sewing, quilting, knitting, embroidery and other crafty activities.

To kick start the project, the group received a grant of €950 from the Community Enhancement Programme by the Dept. of Rural and Community Development and administered by Kerry County Council. The grant was used to buy four sewing machines.

The Women’s Shed is open to every woman and not just for Migrant women, Marilyn explained.

“Like most of our projects, we want this not just exclusively for asylum seekers, refugee or other migrant women, but also for indigenous/local women in Killarney or any part of Kerry, if they are willing to travel.”

The meetings and activities will be held in their beautiful and cosy log cabin which is located in KASI’s own Community Garden in Ballycasheen, Killarney.

“I think having the activities in the log cabin right where our community garden is ideal. It is such a beautiful and therapeutic place to be. I know that women will be inspired to create something, make connections and have fun,” she added.

They are meeting every Friday from 10am to 1pm and Wednesday from 4 – 7pm.

For further information contact Marilyn at 086 79 15 742.

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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