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Jack Patrick to headline JulyFest Entertainment



Next week Killarney races opens its gates for JulyFest running from July 17 to 21.

All the key ingredients that make festivals at Killarney Races such a remarkable event will be present.
Top class summer racing, food, fashion, live music and a fantastic atmosphere are all guaranteed.
Visitors from home and abroad are set to gather to enjoy a proper day out in style at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse.
Internationally renowned Jack Patrick Healy will be joining in the festivities, providing music after racing on Thursday and Friday and early booking is advised.

There are a selection of highlights to look forward to this JulyFest. Off-track entertainment plans are set to go down a treat with punters, offering themes and entertainment from The Roses, Family Entertainment, Live Music and of course the highly anticipated The Lee Strand Ladies Day fashion event, there is something for everyone on and off the track during JulyFest!

Kicking the festival off is a flat fixture on Monday the 17th as the racecourse opens the gates and celebrates 40 years of the Killarney Racegoers Club. Killarney’s Racegoers Club is one of the oldest Clubs in Killarney and it’s run by members in conjunction with Killarney Racecourse.

Tuesday 18 is family day with something for all the family to enjoy, from arts and crafts for the kids to the fast paced racing action for the grown ups. Live music from Resolute will kick off after racing in the Jim Culloty Bar.

Wednesday is the final day of flat racing at the festival, with some surprises in store, including a selection of ladies from this year’s Rose of Tralee, who will be meeting their escorts for the first time.

As the code changesto National Hunt and things step up a gear on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 when talented entertainer Jack Patrick Healy will finish out the festival in style each evening after racing. Healy is also well known for being the resident piano man in The Grand Hotel’s Liquid Lounge.

Jack is an aspiring singer/songwriter based in London but originally from Beaufort, Killarney. His introduction to music was traditional Irish style and he has grown to star in some of Ireland's finest musical theatre productions, Cork Opera House's production of "Sweeney Todd" and Bryan Flynn's masterpiece, "Michael Collins" to name but a few. Recently Jack opened his first Piano bar in London  The Cellar Piano Bar situated in north Kensington.

The final day of the festival is Friday  21 as the much anticipated competition heats up off the track with Lee Strand Ladies Day taking place. No less than 10 lucky ladies and 10 gents will be selected by the judges, each taking home a prize for their efforts in the fashion stakes. The overall Best Dressed Lady will win a trip for two to Paris and a specially commissioned crystal vase and the overall Best Dressed Gent will receive a Trip to Milan for two and a specially commissioned crystal decanter.

Ladies and gents hoping to participate in the fashion event are advised to arrive early as the judges will be selecting finalists on the racecourse from early doors with gates open from 12 noon. With more details to follow and surprises in store and the judging panel will  be announced soon. 

Gates open at 3pm on each day and at the earlier time of 12 noon on Friday with the first race off approximately 2hrs later each day. Patrons are advised to come racing early, to nab the best seating and viewing areas and to enjoy the atmosphere, music on the lawn and the very best of Killarney hospitality. For further information or to book your tickets, punter packs and hospitality online, visit

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One of Killarney’s great motorsport legends passes awayBy Cormac Casey

Dermot O’Sullivan, of Ardshanavooly, Killarney, sadly passed away this week. This popular Killarney businessman started in motorsport in 1968 participating in tarmac and forestry rallying and later in hot rod […]




Dermot O’Sullivan, of Ardshanavooly, Killarney, sadly passed away this week.

This popular Killarney businessman started in motorsport in 1968 participating in tarmac and forestry rallying and later in hot rod racing.

A high point in his motorsport career was competing on the 1982 Circuit of Ireland in his Datsun Sunny, at a time when competitors had no pacenotes, relying on sheer wit and skill.

In 2005, after a 23-year gap, he returned to rallying in a Talbot Sunbeam competing in the Killarney Historic Rally with his son Paul in the navigator’s seat, and competed in various events till 2009.

Whenever the glory of days of Kerry rallying are discussed in local pubs during the wee hours, it was certain that Dermot’s name would be mentioned. He had a sideways style of driving that kept every spectator entertained.

As much a flamboyant competitor behind the wheel of his Datsun, his ability to tell a good story was equally entertaining.

As a young motorsport enthusiast, I waited with anticipation each week as Dermot called to the ‘Advertiser’ office in Woodlawn to placing his weekly advert, to hear his animated description of his exploits on the rallying stages. As time went on, the stories never faded, and I always enjoyed our encounters.

Dermot establishing a successful chainsaw and lawnmower business in the 1970’s, down Pawn Office Lane, off High Street, Killarney. In true entrepreneurial spirit he saw a gap in the market, soon after establishing O’Sullivan’s Cycles as one of the first to introduce bike rental to Killarney, a business venture that is still successful today under the guidance of the current O’Sullivan generations.

A true character and an absolute gentleman. May he rest in peace.

Our sincere condolences to wife, Mary, sons Paul, Derry and David, daughters-in-law Barbara, Denise and Fiona, grandchildren Megan, Luke, Kate and Ciara and his great granddaughter Ava, his sisters Breda and Maureen and brother John, brother-in-law Bill, sister-in-law Ann, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours, and many great friends.


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Kerry’s youth celebrated at the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards

This year’s overall winner of the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement is Ryan Griffin from Waterville who was nominated by Mairead O’Sullivan from Killorglin Family Resource Centre. Ryan Griffin […]




This year’s overall winner of the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement is Ryan Griffin from Waterville who was nominated by Mairead O’Sullivan from Killorglin Family Resource Centre.

Ryan Griffin is a member of the Skellig Stars and was chosen to represent Kerry at the Special Olympics.
Ryan’s biggest hurdle is communication and he had to overcome this during his trip to Berlin for the big event.

Ryan has overcome his disabilities by focusing on all the great abilities he has. Ryan attends mainstream school in Coláiste na Sceilge where he is a very respected member of the School Community. He is a member of Kerry Stars and also Downs Syndrome Kerry.

Ryan has always had a keen interest in sport and even played with the local team in Waterville, but now Ryan thinks it’s too fast for him so he prefers to cheer them on from the side-lines.

Ryan has always been involved with the Community and they have never left him out. Ryan started out his athletics career with Skellig Stars and without them he would have gone to the Special Olympics and he has never forgotten when he came from.

Ryan and his family are very grateful to the local community in Waterville and the surrounding area for all the support they have given them over the years and especially now with the Special Olympics coming closer.

The whole community from Waterville to Mid-Kerry got behind Ryan, raising funds to help his family go to Berlin for 2 weeks. Ryan is now an inspiration to others to overcome difficulties and “go for gold”.

Ryan was the only representative from Kerry on this years Irish Special Olympics Team and in fact one of the Youngest Athletes on Team Ireland at only 16yrs of age, which was a great honour for him.
This in itself is a great achievement but it also shows his friends at Skellig Stars, Downs Syndrome Kerry and in the wider community that dreams do come true.

It took a lot of hard work and determination on Ryan’s behalf to make these dreams come true, not least the long journey he had to make from South Kerry to Dublin once a month since last January to train for the Special Olympics. He also trained weekly with the Skellig Stars.

At the 2023 Special Olympics in Berlin Ryan took part in the 100m run and the relay but his biggest achievement was winning the Silver Medal in the mini javelin. This showed others that overcoming difficulties can be possible and you can achieve your goals with hard work and determination, which Ryan has in abundance.

Local Merit Awards

Aliza Gul, Killarney
Joey McCarthy, Killarney
John O’Connor, Killarney
Nattagun Ryan, Killarney
Samuel Behal, Killarney
St Brendan’s Choir, Killarney

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