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Golf and pitch and putt clubs “tee’d up” for return

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club is preparing to welcome members back to its courses on April 26 provided Government restrictions allow the sport to resume. Following last week’s announcement from the Irish Government, it has been confirmed that golf will be one of the first sports to resume for mass participation in Ireland.

Golf, pitch and putt and tennis are just some of the outdoor sports that will return in a few week’s time.

However, certain restrictions remain in place, for example, the current 5km rule expands to 20km at that time, so only golfers from within this radius will be able to play.

Golf Ireland is in the process of finalising its protocols with the relevant authorities, and these will be issued to clubs as soon as possible.

Meanwhile the team at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club is doing everything it can to prepare for a safe reopening.

“With the recent Government announcement, we are excited about Killarney Golf and Fishing Club’s potential reopening on April 26 in line with Government regulations,” Meg Dalton, the club’s sales and marketing manager told the Killarney Advertiser.

​“We thank the club’s members for their ongoing support and commitment to their golf club in these difficult times. We are very much looking forward to welcoming them back to the club. Our golf team has also been working hard behind the scenes in preparation for the reopening and we appreciate their efforts. We look forward to the start of our 2021 season for our members and visitors.”

Meanwhile, Deerpark Pitch & Putt Club is waiting for full confirmation from the Government before releasing its plan to reopen. They are also hoping to complete some if their outstanding 2020 competitions.

“We await further details in the weeks ahead about what such a reopening will entail,” the club’s PRO Jason O’Connor said. “The club reiterates its intention to play the 2020 Under 16 Matchplay for all of last year’s U16 members. Further details will follow on that.”

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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