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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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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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