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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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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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