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Tralee 800 takes place in June.

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TIME travel is on the horizon in Tralee in June as it voyages back through the centuries to the medieval era. An action-packed programme of free entertainment for all the family has been launched this week for the forthcoming Tralee 800 Weekend which is being held to mark the 800th anniversary of the founding of Tralee.

Medieval re-enactments, pageants, a history village, a ‘Battle for Tralee’ and ‘Ye Olde Banquet’ all form part of a programme of dozens of free events which run from Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19.

Tralee was founded by John FitzThomas Fitzgerald in 1216 and the Tralee 800 Weekend will be the highlight of a year-long celebration of the anniversary. Kerry County Council has been working with local groups to arrange a large number of free and public events aimed at highlighting the town’s history and heritage and the weekend will feature music, re-enactments, exhibitions, walks and presentations.

The Tralee 800 Programme incorporates the annual Féile na mBláth Garden Festival and the Heroes’ Week Gathering of Emergency Services which is part of the Kerry 1916 Centenary Programme. Local emergency services will be joined by visiting services from other parts of Ireland, London and Massachusetts, USA. The highlight will be the Heroes’ Parade with Massed Bands marching from The Square to Denny Street and Town Park at 3.30pm on Sunday, June 19.

As part of Tralee 800, Rock band, Delorentos will perform on the stage in The Square on Friday 17th June, there will be a 35-strong re-enactments by Déise Medieval on Saturday 18th and a Food and Craft Village on the Park Plaza all weekend. Copies of the programme are now available from local outlets, from Kerry County Council and from the Tralee Chamber Alliance and online at www.tralee.ie.

The cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council and Chairman of Tralee 800, Cllr Pat McCarthy, said: “Tralee has a long and proud history from the very foundation of the town in the 13th century to the present day. We are looking forward to sharing and celebrating the town’s history and traditions with locals and visitors alike during this exciting weekend.

“We are inviting people of all ages to engage with the history of the town through a series of exciting and interactive events where young and old can learn more about what life was like in our county town 800 years ago. The vast majority of the events are free and suitable for all ages. And when incorporated with Féile na mBláth and Heroes’ Week, it promises to be a fantastic occasion,” he said.

Tralee 800 is supported by Kerry County Council, Tralee Chamber Alliance, Kerry Group, Fáilte Ireland, Tralee Credit Union, Lee Strand and the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society.
 


 
Above, members of Déise Medieval who will perform at Tralee 800.

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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