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Fossa to host national cycling championships

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Cycling Club is preparing for its biggest mountain bike event of the year as it hosts a round of the Irish Cross Country National Championship on Sunday.

It is three years since the club hosted a round of the national series when it held an event in Muckross.

A new venue on the grounds of An Óige Youth Hostel in Fossa has since become available.

The club has attracted an entry of over 150 riders across all age groups and categories for Sunday’s day-long event.

Action gets underway at 10am and the event is free for spectators.

“We are very grateful to An Óige for making their grounds available to us, it is not easy to get venues suitable for events this big,” club PRO, Keith Lyne, told the Killarney Advertiser.

One innovation this year is a “just for fun” Under 6 race.

“It is an introduction to off-road racing, all about the achievement of starting and finishing,” added Keith.

Some of the top riders in the country have entered the Fossa event.

Local frontrunners include Billy McSweeney, John Crowley, Patrick Clifford and Mark McGlynn.

Damien McCarthy, fresh from his Downhill Mountain Biking success in Texas earlier this month is also competing at the event.

“Billy and Mark should be at the business end of the Senior 3 race,” Kevin Murphy of the club’s off-road committee said.

“A lot of the top riders would have represented Ireland all over Europe at some stage in the past. We have a large contingent coming from Northern Ireland and they will all be staying local from Saturday night on.”

Fans attending the event are asked to obey marshals on the approach to the event. Additional parking is available in Fossa village in the grounds of the old church. Refreshments will be served at the Golden Nugget throughout the weekend.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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