Connect with us

News

Jack and Betty voted best Ring of Kerry Cycle volunteers

Published

on

BEST VOLUNTEERS: Jack and Betty Breen open their house every year and welcome cyclists on the annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

By Sean Moriarty

Out of 1,400 volunteers, it was a very difficult task – but Jack and Betty Breen of Kelly’s Cross, Sneem, won the volunteers’ prize at the recent Ring of Kerry Cycle.

The couple have become synonymous with annual cycle. Each year they open their house and welcome cyclists, feeding them and providing respite in the latter third of the route.

Organisers asked the 6,000 cyclists to pick their favourite volunteer.

Every volunteer was entered in to a draw for free bed and breakfast in the Gleneagle on October 11, the night of the annual cycle’s presentation night at the hotel.

It was a very difficult task for all. Finally the decision was made to place the nominees names into PRO’s Cathal Walsh’s helmet, engage Brendan Coffey (organising committee) at his dental surgery, where the winners name was extracted and overseen by Sergeant Dermot O’Connell.

“Their house has been become an institution and is so important to the Breen's to have this wonderful link with the biggest charity event in Ireland,” Cathal said. “The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Ireland, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists to complete the 180km challenge the spectacular Ring of Kerry. Jack and Betty have opened their house every year and welcomed cyclists, with food, drink, cups of tea and brack.”

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

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 […]

Published

on

0208700_image0.jpeg

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.

Continue Reading

News

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 […]

Published

on

0210008_KCC_Urban_Orienteering_Event1.jpg

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.

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending