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Kilcummin locals will be feeling fit with new facilities

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By Michelle Crean

A brand new state-of-the-art fitness centre has opened in Kilcummin - and locals will be feeling fairly fit after just a few sessions.

Kilcummin GAA Fitness Centre, located 10 minutes drive from Killarney town, is open seven days a week from 6am-11pm for any adults who want to join for €150.

Membership of the gym will give members access to the highest standard of equipment including spin and stationary bikes, thread-mills, cross-trainers, assault bikes, chest and shoulder presses, free weights, barbells, hex bars, weight plates, four bay rig, TRX and landmine rows, under the guidance of gym manager, Shane O'Sullivan of SOS Fitness.

Kilcummin GAA say the membership fees are "outstanding value" and are delighted to welcome new members in.

"We are delighted to see so many local people availing of the new facilities, many of whom are not club members," Willie Fleming said. "Membership of the GAA club is separate to that of the fitness centre. Whether you are a regular gym user or have no experience whatsoever, you are welcome to join up and become part of a fitness community. Shane will guide you through the facilities and will also be available for one to one personal training sessions, small group training sessions, as well as organising larger group fitness classes for all levels."

The gym which spans 64ft x 41ft is a huge addition to the local community and surrounding areas, giving adults of all ages and fitness levels the opportunity to avail of top-class facilities and expert training on their doorstep.

Complete with changing rooms, showers and full accessibility, it is part of a major development in the GAA club that has been taking place in club grounds since 2019 with the generous support and help of members of the local community and supporters of the club from near and far as well as capital funding and grants.

To find out more and to purchase membership contact Shane O'Sullivan on 085 1348855 or Willie Fleming on 085 7882288. For regular updates follow SOS_Fitness and Kilcummin GAA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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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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