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Killarney cyclists claim top team prize

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Killarney Cycling Club proved their mettle at Ireland’s largest cyclocross event on Sunday last as they claimed the top team prize in the Elite Men’s Race.

With close to 50 riders in the field in Fota, Cork, the Killarney team, which consisted of current Munster champion Richard Maes, former national criterium champion Páidí O’Brien and Matt Slattery, grabbed the team prize on the back of three excellent performances.

Richard finished 7th, Páidí was 9th and Matt came in 11th.

There were over 400 entries in total at the event.

The M40 race had the biggest field with 70 riders and Killarney’s best result came from Patrick Clifford. Riding for Strata3 Velorevolution, Clifford came 14th, which helped earn his team 2nd place. His teammates Anthony Doyle got 2nd and Trevor Woods came 8th. Patrick was also 2nd in the Munster League and Championship this season in M40.

John Crowley raced in the M50 against nearly 30 other riders and he managed an impressive 7th place finish. John won the Munster Championship this year in Over 50s. Meanwhile, Eoghan Pattwell (Kanturk/O’Leary Stone) raced in the junior category and he came in 8th on the day.

“Cyclocross in Ireland is going from strength to strength,” Patrick Clifford explained.

“It’s seen as a very safe sport as it’s raced on grass and mud, with obstacles added where riders have to dismount their bikes and carry them over or up steps/inclines.

Competitors do laps of a course so it’s a real spectator sport as well. It can be compared to cross country running as you get to see the riders on different parts of the course. It’s suitable for all age groups and at Fota there were races held for 6-year-olds all the way to 60.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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