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Killarney Cycling Club all set to attack the Rás Tailteann

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Cycling Club has announced its team for this weekend’s Rás Tailteann.

The five-day international cycle race – Ireland’s biggest – gets underway from Dublin on Wednesday morning.
Lorcan Daly, John Brosnan, Conor Kissane, Simon Ryan and Leo Doyle have been selected to represent the club at the event.
The back room team will be managed by Stephen Daly and soigneur Niamh Sheahan while support in the team car will come from club stalwarts Denis O’Shea and Mike Breen whose combined knowledge and experience is unsurpassed at this level.
“The club is once again in a position to be part of the biggest race in Irish cycling. With the postponement of the International Junior tour and the Rás during the Covid period, it is a platform for our elite riders to once again race at the top table and in response to our strong financial support from our sponsors throughout the pandemic and in turn building for future Ras teams,” said club chairman Mark Murphy.
“As can be appreciated this is a massive undertaking from a logistical point of view and we are appreciative of those who have given their time in support of making this happen."

Thursday's second stage will finish in Castleisland, taking in the notorious Crag cave climb.

The stage finish also marks the 50th anniversary of John Mangan’s overall win of the Ras Tailteann in 1972.
“Killarney Cycling Club is one of the very few clubs in Ireland capable of fielding a team at this level and your support in turning out in Castleisland will help ensure this tradition continues in to the future,” added Mark.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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