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Get ready to scale ‘the roof of Ireland’

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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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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