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Killarney BikeFest latest event to get derailed

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BikeFest Killarney will not go ahead this year as a result of COVID-19 led event restrictions.

Organisers were preparing for the 14th edition of the event which was scheduled from May 29 to June 1 when they took the reluctant decision to can this year’s festival.

“It would have been unwise for us to go ahead with an event of this scale in May,” said a statement issued by the organisers. “We are heartbroken and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

They have already earmarked the weekend of June 4 to 7, 2021 for the next year’s festival.

BikeFest is one of Europe’s premier free open motorcycle festivals, and the three-day motorcycle and music extravaganza takes place across Ireland’s June Bank Holiday weekend each year.

The real attraction of this fiesta is the craic, goodwill and convivial atmosphere for all. Parades, ride-outs, static displays and exhibitions form the centrepiece of the popular festival.

It caters for bikers, non-bikers and even aspiring bikers, visitors, tourists, families and locals.

It is based at the Gleneagle Hotel and INEC where a temporary Bike Village is constructed each year.

In excess of 55,000 visitors passed through the Bike Village last year with motorcycle owners and enthusiasts from over 20 countries including Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, The Czech Republic, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, and the United States.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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