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Saturday May 6

Nathan's Walk – A Darkness in to Light Event

The walk has been running since 2011 in memory of 14-year-old Nathan O'Carroll from Killarney who took his own life in 2007. Outside of Dublin, Nathen Walk is the longest-running Darkness Into Light event outside of Dublin. The annual event is always well supports by locals and has raised tens of thousands of euro for Pieta House over the years. Participants will start at the Killarney Race Course at 4.15am this Saturday 6th May and will walk through darkness into dawn in memory of Nathan and the many other family’s effected by suicide to raise awareness.

Saturday May 6 and Sunday 7

Kingdom County Fair

The popular Kingdom County Fair is back again this weekend. The event which has been running for 70 years is an opportunity for local businesses to showcase their products in an atmosphere that celebrates Irish culture and horticulture. The event takes place at the showgrounds in Ballymacthomas on the outskirts of Tralee. The weekend is packed with different events and is a real family affair. The organisers have a programme of kids entertainment, animals of all sorts, trade stands , farm machines , music, dancing, face-painting, toy stalls and funfair rides. The annual dog show is usually the highlight of the event but the grown up kids can keep themselves busy browsing the many trade stands as well as art and craft stalls. Dogs are not the only four legged friends on show, the horses, pony’s, cattle, goats and sheep will also be on show. The fair will also have hot food and refreshments on site.

Saturday May 13

Run Killarney

Run Killarney is a mainstay in the local outdoor adventure calendar, The races are open to everyone, men and women alike, at all levels of running experience, walkers, newcomers and people who just want a challenge and a great day out. The event has two distance races on the same day, the 10KM and the half marathon, giving competitors the chance to run one of the world’s most breath taking and scenic races at a level that suits their ability. Both routes start at the Gleneagle Hotel and participants will head out towards Muckross where the half marathon runners will take on a more challenging distance. All participants will finish back at the Gleneagle where a euphoric and party atmosphere goes well in to the evening.

Sunday May 14 – Tuesday May 16

May Festival at Killarney Races

Killarney’s May Festival kicks off on Sunday May 14 and offers three days of the very best of Festival Racing. Sunday and Monday are both national hunt cards whilst Tuesday is an all flat card. Aside from all the great racing, people can expect family entertainment, live music and an atmosphere not to be missed.

Friday May 26

Mario Rosenstock | Gift Grub Live

Mario Rosenstock is set to embark on a nationwide Irish Tour with his stunning new one-man stage show In Your Face…and what a face! Most normal people have 43 muscles in their face. With Mario multiply that by 10…and they all move at the same time! The brand new 2018 show is bigger and bolder than ever and it’s Mario’s most interactive too. Prepare to be entertained like never before and maybe even become part of the show too. One minute he’s on stage. One minute he’s In Your Face! To date Mario’s live tours have sold over 200,000 tickets with a record five consecutive sold-out nights at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin. Mario has spent eighteen years on the legendary Gift Grub on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM. He has starred in three smash-hit TV series of The Mario Rosenstock Show on RTE TV. Mario has been awarded twelve national radio awards and is a member of Irish Radio IMRO Hall of Fame.

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Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]

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This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:- https://eventmaster.ie/event/dW04CnGSwV

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]

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BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.

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