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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 killarneyraces.com.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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