FORMER Government Minister and Kerry footballer Jimmy Deenihan will be joined by a host of hugely accomplished speakers for a corporate cycling forum in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital taking place on Friday, June 30, in the Europe Hotel in Killarney.
The ‘Contribution of Cycling to a Healthier Workforce’ forum takes place on the weekend of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and along with a host of high profile CEOs, Mr Deenihan has secured Irish Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan to speak at the event before she takes on the 180km cycle the following day.
The forum will take place between 3pm and 5pm and will address the benefits of encouraging cycling in the workplace. Experts will weigh in on how this can lead to a healthier lifestyle, personal wellbeing and development as well as relationship building within the work place along with networking and team building.
Tickets for the event cost €50 with all proceeds going to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, one of the charities aligned with the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Tickets can be purchased in advance via: https://goo.gl/VeWAuS
Other speakers on the day will include Ollie Brogan MD of ESB International, Barney Whelan formerly of An Post, Joyce Farrell HR Manager of ESB International and Jim Breen CEO of Pulse Learning.
Before the event Jimmy Deenihan said: “I am delighted to be involved in the ‘Contribution of Cycling to a Healthier Workforce’ forum. It is now, more than ever, so important to look after ourselves both mentally as well as physically and cycling is an outlet that can help this tenfold. The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is the perfect event for our forum to coincide with as the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Ireland and we are thrilled that the money raised will go directly to one of the beneficiary charities of this year’s cycle.”
Speaking ahead of the cycle Sonia O’Sullivan said: “I am really looking forward to taking part in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. I have been cycling regularly to prepare for the 180km cycle but can’t wait to appreciate the stunning scenery that Kerry has to offer especially as this is a cycle to enjoy and not a race.” She went on to say: “I’m excited to share my enjoyment of cycling with other cycling enthusiasts at the ‘Contribution of Cycling to a Healthier Workforce’ forum where we all share a common bond in the joy of cycling and how it keeps us both mentally and physically fit.”
To book tickets for the forum visit the website and for more information on the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle visit www.ringofkerrycycle.ie
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Chance to win a house in Killarney and support Kerry GAA
The Kerry GAA County Board has launched a ‘Win A House draw’ for a new house in Killarney . Funds raised by the draw will go towards the running expenses of the various Kerry football and hurling teams. The three-bed house is located in the Ceide Spris development just off the Park Road is built […]
The Kerry GAA County Board has launched a ‘Win A House draw’ for a new house in Killarney
Funds raised by the draw will go towards the running expenses of the various Kerry football and hurling teams.
The three-bed house is located in the Ceide Spris development just off the Park Road is built to modern energy standards, it represents a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved at a cost of €100 which will go a long way to supporting Kerry GAA.
“As a volunteer-based organisation, we have always had to fundraise to support our teams and clubs. We are delighted to be in a position to have a dream house available for a lucky winner,” Kerry GAA PRO Leona Twiss.
“While only one person can win the house, there will be plenty of cash prizes and match tickets to be won along the way. The sooner you purchase your ticket, the better chance you will have at winning those additional prizes.”
To enter the draw visit: https://www.kerrygaa.ie/winahouseinkerry/
More great choices for large shrubbery
Following last week’s article on large shrubs, I received many comments, suggestions and questions, leading me to believe that there were quite a few people unsure of what to plant in a large space. I felt at the end of the article there were definitely more plants for that list so here are some […]
Following last week’s article on large shrubs, I received many comments, suggestions and questions, leading me to believe that there were quite a few people unsure of what to plant in a large space.
I felt at the end of the article there were definitely more plants for that list so here are some more great choices for the large shrubbery.
The bottlebrush, or Callistemon, is named appropriately for the shape of its flowers which are bottle-brush like spikes of many small flowers with long stamens, giving it that brush like appearance. Usually red, they are also available in yellow and pink. They flower in summer and into autumn adding a lovely splash of colour. Their leaves are hard and spiky with arching branches. Cut them back immediately after flowering or they will not flower the following year. If they do grow out of hand, they will tolerate a hard cut back.
Ceanothus, or the Californian lilac, is an often evergreen shrub bearing dark blue flowers. There are several sizes from the low creeping C. repens, to the tree like proportions of C. thyrsiflorus. An ideal candidate for the large border is C. ‘Gloire de Versailles’, which has large blue flowers from July to the end of autumn, (deciduous), or C. ‘Southmead’ which has dark blue flowers in early spring (semi-evergreen), or C. ‘Blue Mound’ which has deep blue flowers (evergreen). I find with all ceanothus that their flowering times seem to be very weather dependant!
Forsythia is a large common shrub which flowers early in spring before the leaves appear. I mention it as it seems to have gone out of fashion completely, though it adds such a fantastic yellow brightness in those dark February days.People often complain that it either grows out of all proportions or that it does not flower. If pruning, do so immediately after flowering. ‘Golden Nugget’ is possibly one of the smaller varieties at a natural five foot.
An unusual, but well worth finding plant is the Sorbus reducta. It is a low 1-1.5m type of mountain ash, with all the great features of its larger tree relatives! It forms a thicket – yes, it does sucker, but does not take over, has white flowers followed by dark red berries which fade to a creamy colour. Like most mountain ashes, its autumn colour is blazing!
Butterfly bushes, buddleja, are a much maligned plant as it can self seed and become a bit of a nuisance. However, it does not really self seed much in gardens where the conditions are not ideal, (ideal conditions – derelict, dry, stony waste land). Most cultivated varieties are sterile, so there is no reason to avoid them! B. colvilei is a very unusual variety, being semi-evergreen with large panicles of tubular dark pink flowers – these clusters can reach up to 20cm. B. davidii is the common butterfly bush and is available in a range of colours such as ‘Black Knight’, deep, deep purple, ‘Empire Blue’, blue flowers with orange centre, ‘Royal Red’, deep pink/maroon. One of my favourites is ‘Harlequin’ which has variegated leaves. There is a range of smaller butterfly bush available too; the ‘buzz’ series.
These remain compact, up to 1m, however their flowers are not quite as impressive! To remedy that, plant breeders have come up with a new variety – the ‘Rocketstar’ series. I have only just planted one, but it promises a diminutive 80cm with the same large flowers as large varieties have. If this plant does what its creators claim, it will certainly be a hit in my garden!
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