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Ready for a brew: John Keane of Torc Brewing, Killarney, one of the craft brewing producers getting ready for Killarney Beerfest which takes place from May 27-29 at the INEC special village. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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THEY’VE got all the ingredients for a heavenly brew and the 25 producers taking part in Killarney Beerfest are all set to serve up plenty of tasty options at the festival which runs from May 27 to 29.

More than 150 different craft beverages will be on offer, as well as a fantastic programme of events and guest speakers.

Killarney Beerfest showcases many of the best brewers and beers in Ireland. Learn the Beer 101 from the best in the business with brewing demonstrations, tastings, meet the master brewers, beer and food-pairing classes and a whole lot more. And because craft isn’t limited to beer there will be a tantalizing selection of home brewed whiskey, gin and cider to sample!

If you are looking to expand your knowledge of brewing, then don’t miss the beer master classes and interactive home brewing sessions with Cork Homebrews. And you can learn the ancient art of paring beer with cheese and other foods at the insightful pairing classes.

Guest speakers include beer and food writer Melissa Cole, author of Let Me Tell You About Beer, writer and drinks consultant Susan Boyle, one half of Two Sisters Brewing Kildare who alongside her sister Judith make Brigid’s Ale, and Irish food writer and broadcaster Caroline Hennessey, a regular contributor to TV3 and RTÉ Radio and Television. Brewtalk, an insightful and exciting discussion with a variety of distinguished industry experts on the panel from both Ireland and abroad, takes place on the Friday evening.

There will be live music each day and long into the night including performances by Bookabrass Band, Mongrel State, The Small Hours, One Horse Pony, Dixie Micks, The Eskies, and more!

The league of extraordinary beer drinkers in the guise of Beoir Ireland will host their awards programme at the festival. There are eight categories and the Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland will also be crowned at the festival. The top three beers will win an exclusive promotional campaign with Carry Out Off Licences. The awards are open to all Irish Breweries North and South and the panel of judges is lead by Reuben Gray of Beoir along with CAMRA and EBCU members as well as a host of international judges.

Killarney Beerfest takes place on the grounds of The Gleneagle Hotel in the specially constructed Beer Village. You just need to buy tokens on the day of the event to exchange for beer/drink and food, browse the stalls, enjoy a masterclass or two and soak up the festival atmosphere and live music.
Beer music and food, three of the best combinations outside of barley, hops and yeasts! Share your passion on social media using the #killarneybrews.
Stay close to the action at The Gleneagle Hotel from €129 per double room.
 


 
Ready for a brew: John Keane of Torc Brewing, Killarney, pictured above, one of the craft brewing producers getting ready for Killarney Beerfest which takes place from May 27-29 at the INEC special village. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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