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Here’s the full schedule for St Patrick’s Day!




Happy St. Paticks Day everyone!

St patrick's Festival Cill Airne have announced the full schedule of events to celebrate our national holiday.

Festival Chairperson Paul Sherry said: “We are delighted to announce our full event guide, the result of many months of hard work by the committee together with Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce and Kerry County Council.”

St Patricks Day Events (March 17)

Street Entertainment

The day kicks off at 12 noon in Beech Road Car Park where the Children’s fun zone will be located. Face painting, bouncy castles and DJ Donal kids disco will entertain the crowds before and after the parade. The moms and dads will be catered for with a 60-inch screening of the Ireland v England rugby game at 2.45pm.

On Main Street there will be pre-parade entertainment from 12.45pm to 1.30pm with the Killarney School of Music performance group led by Pádraig Buckley. Post-parade on Main Street sees ‘Paddies Party’ swing into action from 3.30pm with DJ Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan and The Rising trad group from Fossa. Celtic Steps will entertain the masses at 4.30pm. “We have a wonderful array of talented local performers giving their time on the day,” commented David Rae, musical director for the festival. “We expect great crowds and this is all free entertainment.”

St Patrick’s Day Parade

This year’s parade has garnered huge interest as is evident by the wealth of talent and diversity in the entries. Commencing at 2pm, this year’s parade will weave its way up Mission Road onto East Avenue, Kenmare Place, Main Street, New Street, Beech Road and into the New Street lower car park exiting onto Mission Road.

The Creative Director for this year’s parade is Fiona Crowley of Fiona Crowley Stage School.

“We have hundreds of participants in this year’s parade,” Fiona sais, “and we can rest assured that the parade will be a success in its primary goal, which is to ensure that it is, as always, about the community, the men, women, boys and girls who walk with pride alongside each other to make our parade happen. Without them there is no parade, so we salute you, our participants, our clubs, our schools, our organisations, who always make this parade a memorable one.”

The committee strongly advise everyone to arrive in town early and note the traffic detours that will be in place. Free parking has been secured at the following locations from 1.00pm to 4.30pm:

St Brendan’s College Secondary School, Penney’s car park, Hillard House and Killarney Community College, New Road. The Festival committee want to thank all the schools and car park providers for their generosity in assisting the running of the parade.

There will also be a wheelchair viewing area at Market Cross and the parade route and after party will have lots of amazing characters wandering about, plenty of characters not seen before in Killarney, and these guys are happy to pose for photos.

Paul Sherry, Chairperson, said: “We are expecting a large crowd in Killarney for the day’s events and we encourage everyone to wear your colours and paint the town green. Of course, please listen to the stewards and be safety conscious but overall enjoy the day’s festivities.”

The briefing for the stewards will take place at 12.30pm at the back of the Laurels.

Child Collection Point

Children participating in the parade can be collected from the bottom left-hand corner of the New Street car park (bottle bank area) at the end of the parade route.

The entertainment continues in Killarney over the weekend, on Sunday, March 18 the Mayor’s Charity Shindig takes place at the INEC and on Monday, March 19 there’s a free concert by Killarney School of Music in St Mary’s Church at 8pm.

And, of course, the now annual ‘Greening of Killarney’ will take place over the festival week with many of our iconic buildings bathed in green light. Check out the festival’s Facebook page for the Best Greened Building vote. In addition, this year there is a Best Dressed Shop Window and the competition has been heating up all week.

Festival chair Paul Sherry thanked all the parties who make the festival happen.

“We would like to thank all the volunteers who make the parade happen, from the Fitzgerald Stadium committee, to the Gardaí, the stewards and first aiders, our sponsors who are generous with their funds and their participation, and Kerry County Council.”



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How to boost your immune system with nutrition

By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability. While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, […]




By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness

The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability.

While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, there are ways to keep your immune system strong so that you are better prepared to fight off infections and heal quickly.

As long as your immune system is running smoothly, you don’t notice that it’s there, but if it stops working properly – because it’s weak or can’t fight particularly aggressive germs – you get ill.

Without an immune system, we would have no way to fight harmful things that enter our body from the outside or harmful changes that occur inside our body. Here are five ways to ensure you support a good immune system coming into the wintery months:

1. Eat More Vegetables

While all vegetables have health benefits, some pack a more powerful immune-boosting punch than others. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables are rich in fibre, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), which helps regulate the immune system and protect against infections.

2. Eat Balanced Meals

Include all macronutrients in your meals. Protein is particularly important for healing and recovery. Protein sources include leaner sources of meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, milk, beans, soy, nuts and seeds. These foods are also good sources of zinc, a mineral that promotes healthy immune function and aids in wound healing. Healthy fats are also essential to support our immune health. Try to include a variety of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in your daily diet. These are found in avocados, fatty fish, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. These foods provide good fats but are also rich in phytonutrients and fat-soluble vitamins. For example, a small handful of nuts such as almonds is a great source of vitamin E. Wild-caught salmon is one of the only foods naturally rich in vitamin D. Fatty fish are also rich in essential fats called omega-3s, which are known for their multiple health benefits.

3. Regular Exercise

Exercise is one of the main aspects that support a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise promotes cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and offers protection against a variety of diseases. And just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to a healthy immune system, improves blood circulation allowing immune system cells to move through the body more freely and do their job more effectively.

4. Good Quality Sleep

Getting enough sleep has many health benefits. The lack of sleep puts your body into ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing adrenaline and increased stress hormones into the body. Research shows that in general, adults need at least seven hours of sleep for optimal health and well-being. As we sleep our immune system works to heal and repair the body. A few tips for getting a good night’s sleep include avoiding caffeine in the evenings, turning off your screens (TV, laptop, phones, etc.) well before bedtime and sleeping in a cool, dark room.

5. Manage Your Stress

You may not often think about how stress affects your ability to fight off infection, but your state of mind can have a significant impact on your health. When you are experiencing more stress, your immunity is compromised, which puts you at a higher risk of getting sick. Managing stress may help you fight germs and infections. Stress management techniques include breath work, meditation, yoga, moderate exercise, walking etc. Having a support system of close friends and family can also help us feel connected and stay strong throughout stressful times.

Although there is no magical potion for immunity, you can take these five steps to boost your immune system which is very important as we enter the colder and darker mornings of winter. Don’t underestimate your lifestyle’s impact on your ability to help keep your immune system strong. Good nutrition, quality sleep, and managing stress can all have a significant impact on your health. If you need help with your nutrition, send us an email at and we will be happy to help you!

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]




Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.


​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.


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