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Four-day national orienteering championships hailed a success

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by Sean Moriarty

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ALL AGE GROUPS: A young competitor in the ancient woodlands of Killarney Demesne Killarney National Park.

AWAKE: A competitor passes by the site of Cloch Mochuda where Bro. Mochuda of Innisfallen Island fell asleep for 200 years.

MAP CHECK: A competitor in the ancient woodlands of Killarney Demesne during the Irish Orienteering Championships last weekend.

MAPS: Over 500 people took part in the four-day event.

NAVIGATION: Ivan Vasilkov finds his way through Killarney National Park during the Irish Orienteering Championships last weekend.

PARK RUN: Michael O'Brien in action during the Irish Orienteering Championships.

RUNNING FREE: Aine Rickard was one of 500 athletes competing in the event organised by Kerry Orienteering Club.

RUNNING: Patrick Ryan was among the 500 athletes who competed in the championships organised by Kerry Orienteering Club.

SEARCHING: A competitor deep in the woods of Killarney National Park during the Irish Orienteering Championships.

Photos: Valerie O’Sullivan

Organisers of the Irish Orienteering Championships which took place last weekend have praised Killarney which hosted the four-day event.

Over 500 athletes competed in the championships which were organised by Orienteering Ireland and facilitated by Kerry Orienteering Club. The event started with a sprint race in Muckross House Estate on Friday. Saturday’s action took place near Cappanalea on the shores of Caragh Lake. Sunday the competitors visited Crohane Lake near Kilgarvan for their classic event. The action concluded on Monday with a relay race on the grounds of Knockreer House. Registration and prizegiving took place at the ANAM Arts Centre on East Avenue and the same venue hosted Orienteering Ireland’s AGM on Saturday. Following the events the organisers contacted Mayor Marie Moloney to praise the facilities on offer in Killarney. “The AGM was followed by an Irish music session and a demonstration of Irish dancing which was held both within the centre and outside,” Mayor Moloney said. “On Sunday, Dr. Una May, Chief Executive Officer of Sport Ireland, addressed the association. “Since this event, the organisers have contacted Killarney Municipal District to express their delight with how this event went and to compliment the functionality of the ANAM Centre.”

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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