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HAVE you got what it takes to scale new heights? Killarney's’ Ultimate High Peaks Challenge, in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, is a spectacular one-day mountain challenge event that will test participant’s endurance, stamina and self sufficiency in some of Ireland’s toughest mountain terrain.

This year’s event takes place this Saturday, August 26, commencing at Cronin’s Yard - the official entrance and starting point for ascents of Carrantuohill and MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

Kerry is the adventure capital of Ireland and Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge is certainly the pinnacle of all mountain adventures with the most dramatic mountain scenery in Ireland. It promises to be an exhilarating and truly unique event in which participants will self-navigate along a pre-planned marshalled route across the highest mountain range in the country - The magnificent MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

Adventure enthusiasts will trek over 25 km of stunning, wild, rugged mountain terrain ticking off many of Ireland’s highest summits with a total height gain of over 2500 meters. “This is not a race… but a challenge event, where participants will test their personal navigational skills, fitness, determination and stamina” say organisers Piaras and Catherine Kelly of KerryClimbing.ie .”The Killarney Ultimate High Peaks Challenge is organised and run by mountain enthusiasts for mountain enthusiasts.”

KerryClimbing.ie is a mountain guiding company, based in the heart of the Reeks. Both Piaras and Catherine are active mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts, with a vast knowledge of the Kerry Mountains and surrounds they bring an exceptional amount of skills and experience in the organising of this unique event. KerryClimbing.ie is one of the leading guiding and mountain adventure activity providers in the South West with extensive experience and knowledge of running safety and rescue back up for a variety of mountain events.

The grand finale to this exhausting but memorable mountain challenge will culminate with a vibrant and well deserved after party and barbeque at Cronin’s Yard. “After the presentation of medals, ‘the ultimates’ can relax and savour the salads, cooked meats and home baked breads all served by our event caterers and chefs, together with the sounds of a mighty trad session from the high peaks’ bar to set the mood. What a day…what a night, What a showcase to Ireland’s most amazing landscape and environs”.

Register at http://killarneypeakschallenge.com/register/ Places are limited.
 


 
Above: Piaras Kelly, of Kerry Climbing.ie, on Cnoc na Péiste Ridge, Eastern Reeks, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, on a recce earlier this year for “Killarney's’ Ultimate High Peaks Challenge”. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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