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Kerry man in London takes on virtual Ring of Kerry walk

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RINGSIDE: Kieran Moriarty outside his North London home preparing a virtual day on the Ring of Kerry.

By Sean Moriarty

 

A London Irish man is virtually walking the Ring of Kerry in memory of his late mother. Kieran Moriarty, from Hendon, is this week walking the streets of North London and by the end of the week he hopes to have completed the same distance as the Ring of Kerry.

He is doing it memory of his late mother, Joan Nagle originally from Keel, who moved to London where she married Kerryman Michael Moriarty, from Cordal.

Joan died last January, a week before her 70th birthday. Her son decided to honour the memory of his late mother by undertaking the walk around the same time as her anniversary.

He is also raising money for UK Sepsis Trust.

He started the walk on February 1 and has given himself 28 days to complete the 200km journey.

“I’m walking the Ring of Kerry virtually in memory of my mum who passed away suddenly to sepsis last year. My mum was raised very close to the Ring and we always loved driving it during summers back home,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I guess the biggest reason I’m doing this is I want to try and raise awareness and possibly try and prevent another family losing what we have this year. Our mum hasn’t been able to be with us for Christmas’ and birthdays, she missed the birth of my niece and will miss my wedding. If by doing this challenge I can raise enough money and awareness to prevent even one family missing out on those moments and memories being made I’ll be a very happy man and I like to think my mother would be proud also.”

Donations can be made via GoFundMe: 200K in February - Ring of Kerry virtual walk.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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