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The Force was with the adventure racers in Dingle

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Jumping John: John Condren doing his signature jump on Mount Brandon, competing in the annual Dingle Adventure Race. PICTURES: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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WORLD-CLASS views over the new home of Star Wars were just some of the attractions offered to the 750 athletes that converged on west Kerry from across the galaxies last weekend.

The epic Dingle Adventure Race 2016 took place across the famed peninsula on which the weather Jedis smiled.
The very successful one day multi-activity adventure race consisted of three courses DAR Full, DAR Sport & DAR Mini, biking over the spectacular Conor Pass, climbing Mount Brandon, running the coastal windy roads of Slea Head, with great views of Ceann Sibéal (scene of the new Star Wars shoot), Dún Chaoin, Mount Eagle, and along the iconic Dingle Peninsula.

“The race challenges competitors to run, kayak, hike and cycle their way across the Dingle Peninsula,” said Noel O’Leary of Irish Adventures who established the race.

Thanking the volunteers and businesses who sponsored the event, he added: “The atmosphere is always fantastic, a real fun event, with plenty of banter and camaraderie.”

The winner of the Full DAR event was Killian Heery from Cavan, with an amazing time of 2 hours 57 minutes, 26 seconds. First home in the DAR Mini was, Ciaran Collin, Limerick, in a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 45 seconds. Winner of the DAR Sport was, Kieran Cosgrove, Muckno Tri Club, in a time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 15 seconds.

FULL RESULTS

DAR FULL
1st: Killian Heery, Cavan Kayakarun 02:57:26
2nd: Mark Nolan, Kerry, 02:58:16
3rd: Eric Wolfe, Cork, 03:01:05

Ladies winner: Moira O’Sullivan, Down, 03:22:40
2nd: Emma Donjon 03:27:18

DAR MINI
1st: Ciaran Collins, Limerick, 01:18:45
2nd: Kate O’Brien, Kerry, 01:19:03
3rd: Mel Hilliard, Metro St Brigid’s 01:19:05

2nd lady home: Sarah Wallace 01:25:05

DAR SPORT
1st: Kieran Cosgrove, Muckno Tri Club, 01:54:15
2nd: Paul O’Connell, Limerick, 01:56:34
3rd: Aodh O Currain, Kerry, 02:00:09

1st lady: Fiona Meade, Blarney, 02:11:00
2nd lady: Deirdre Nagle, 02:18:35
 


 
Pictured above: John Condren doing his signature jump on Mount Brandon, competing in the annual Dingle Adventure Race.
PICTURES: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Local activities this weekend for National Heritage Week

A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday. This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow […]

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A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday.

This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Life in the Bogs – Family Funday in Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort, runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Activities include; Bog in a Bottle activity – learn about how bogs are made, Plants of the Bog – learn about the different plants in the bog and how to tell them apart, Pond Dipping in Bog Pool – Use nets and find out what creepy crawlies can be found in Bog pools, Birds and Mammals of the Bog – learn about the different animals that live in our bogs, and a Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are free but bring €2 for parking.

On Sunday the Harpers for Heritage concert takes place at Muckross Schoolhouse with Fiachra Ó Corragáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman from 7.30pm to 9pm.

There’ll also be an exhibition from the Killarney National Park Photography Competition based on the theme of ‘Our History, Our Future’ in Killarney House and Gardens while the Me and the Moon will create Bee/Bug hotels and sustainable eco bird feeders today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am – 4pm at Muckross Schoolhouse.

The Heritage Council is encouraging people to visit www.heritageweek.ie to see what other events are taking place in their locality or across the country. Participants can browse the website and create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help them plan their week according to their location, their particular heritage interests and their preferred event type, such as a festival, performance, exhibition or re-enactment.

“This year, National Heritage Week looks to the past to create a better future,” Chief Executive of the Heritage Council of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said.

“The theme of sustainable heritage and biodiversity encourages us all to reflect on how our history and heritage can play a part in protecting our planet. Whether it’s learning a new skill like embroidery, blacksmithing or pottery making; better understanding how to prevent biodiversity loss in our own back gardens or country lanes; or gaining fresh insight into the history of our art, music or the Irish language and sharing this knowledge among friends and family, there are endless ways to get involved. I would encourage people to visit the National Heritage Week website and browse the vast array of events and projects taking place and plan their week.”

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Killarney girl has an important part to play in Rose Festival

By Michelle Crean A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. Chloe Nott […]

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By Michelle Crean

A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Chloe Nott (7) from Fossa was thrilled to find out that she has been paired with Arizona Rose Sophie Owen.

She’s now super excited as the Festival kicks off tonight (Friday) and is looking forward to being part of the big parades which attract thousands to the streets of Tralee tomorrow (Saturday) and again on Sunday.

“We found out about three weeks ago, she was picked from hundreds from all around the country,” Chloe’s mom Gemma told the Killarney Advertiser.

Last Saturday the Rose Buds came together for the first time in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee where they met the Kerry Rose Édaein O’Connell and received their sashes.

Tonight (Friday) they’ll enjoy a party in the Meadowlands and have a busy weekend meeting and greeting people when they take part in the Festival’s activities including a trip to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

“I’m so excited to meet my Arizona Rose,” Chloe, who is going into Second Class in Fossa National School, said.

Gemma and her husband Eric and son Luke (9) went to Reidys in Killarney to tell Chloe the exciting news.

“My mom gave me a rose and told me I was a Rose Bud. After she told me I was bursting with excitement.”

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