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Jacy is fashion fabulous at the Killarney Races

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By Michelle Crean

Not only did Killarney Racecourse have something to celebrate last weekend - but so did one fashionista who was crowned Best Dressed Lady wearing a stunning bright pink outfit.

STYLISH: Jacy Ybanez from Tralee (4th from left) winner of the AYU Best Dressed Lady at Killarney Races August Festival on Saturday pictured with the other finalists from left: Edel Kenny (Offaly) Denise O'Connor (Brosna) Serena Randle (Kilgarvan) Caitriona Whyte (Killarney) Kay O'Connor Serena Delaney (Killarney) Brid Sheehan (Caragh Lake) Maria McMahon (Glenflesk) and Mary Lynch (Tralee). Photo: Don MacMonagle

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Jacy Ybanez from Tralee, winner of the AYU Best Dressed Lady at Killarney Races August Festival on Saturday. Photo: Don MacMonagle repro free photo

Jacy Ybanez from Tralee, winner of the AYU Best Dressed Lady at Killarney Races August Festival on Saturday pictured with judges Anna Galvin, Marietta Doran and Grace Clifford. Photo: Don MacMonagle repro free photo

Jacy Ybanez from Tralee, winner of the AYU Best Dressed Lady at Killarney Races August Festival on Saturday pictured with the other finalists that include Edel Kenny, Offaly, Denise O'Connor, Brosna, Serena Randles, Kilgarvan, Caitriona Whyte, Killarney, Kay O'Connor, Serena Delaney, Killarney, Brid Sheehan, Caragh Lake, Maria McMahon, Glenflesk and Mary Lynch, Tralee. Also in photo are judges Marietta Doran, Grace Clifford and Anna Galvin. Photo: Don MacMonagle repro free photo

Reidin and Lydia Coughlan from Killarney pictured at the AYU Ladies Day during the August Racing Festival in Killarney at the weekend. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Denise O'Connor, Stacy O'Leary and Maggie Fleming from Killarney pictured at the AYU Ladies Day during the August Racing Festival in Killarney at the weekend. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Serena Delaney from Killarney and Kay O'Connor from Kilcummin pictured at the AYU Ladies Day during the August Racing Festival in Killarney at the weekend. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Serena Delaney from Killarney and Kay O'Connor from Kilcummin pictured at the AYU Ladies Day during the August Racing Festival in Killarney at the weekend. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Tracey Cronin and Flerence Sexton (5) from Killarney pictured at the AYU Ladies Day during the August Racing Festival in Killarney at the weekend. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Ann O’Grady, Catriona McGuire, Katie Fox, Lucy O’Mahony, Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan, Caitriona Whyte, Denise Casey, Elaine Bennett, Deirdre O'Callaghan and Martina O'Neill from Killarney pictured at the AYU Ladies Day during the August Racing Festival in Killarney at the weekend. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan and Caitriona McGuire from Killarney pictured at the AYU Ladies Day during the August Racing Festival in Killarney at the weekend. Photo: Don MacMonagle repro free photo

AugustFest, which ran from last Thursday to Saturday, delivered a fun-filled programme, super crowds, spectacular views, top-class racing - but it was Jacy Ybanes who went home with a big smile after taking home the top style award.

Fashion savvy racegoers turned out in their droves to compete for the covetable title of AYU Best Dressed - but Jacy was the lucky lady deemed most stylish on the day as fashionistas brought the curtain down on AugustFest in fine style.

The fashion was fierce and judges Anna Galvin, Grace Clifford and Marietta Doran had a tough challenge selecting 11 finalists each encompassed AYU’s ethos.

Originally from the Philippines, Jacy has been living in Ireland over 15 years and currently resides in Tralee. Jacy’s stunning look was a beautiful hot pink two piece from ASOS paired with a gold clutch bag and shoes, her headpiece was a stunning pink fascinator by Montgomory Millinery, which she borrowed for the occasion. Jacy told the judges how she felt the sleeves of the top reminded her of fashion from the Philippines, so she felt that she was wearing a bit of home!

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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

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Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

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The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

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