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Killarney gets free rein to celebrate 80 years of racing

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Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, second right, pictured at Killarney's July Racing Festival on Monday evening with John Buckley, chairman, board of directors, Micheal Lucey, racecourse manager, and Billy OÕSullivan and Con O'Mahony, board of directors. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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THE opening of the four-day July festival yesterday saw Killarney Racecourse celebrate 80 years of racing. The very best of horse racing vied with a wonderful festival atmosphere as punters of all ages and from across Ireland descended on the scenic course.

A special family evening, in association with A Time to Party, was a sure bet to get the festival off to a winning start as the youngest racegoers tried the bouncy castles, face painting and other activities for size.

Today features the best of National Hunt and Flat racing and tomorrow, Killarney Racecourse plays host to some of the 2016 Rose of Tralee contestants.

On Thursday, Dawn Milk Ladies Day will be judged by TV presenter Lisa Cannon. The Killarney Races July ladies day is always one of the most prestigious ladies days on the racing calendar.

The festival features 28 races, generously sponsored by local, national and international businesses. There is an impressive total prize fund of over €260,000 on offer which is sure to attract runners from Ireland’s top stables.
 


 
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, second right, pictured at Killarney's July Racing Festival on Monday evening with John Buckley, chairman, board of directors, Micheal Lucey, racecourse manager, and Billy O’Sullivan and Con O'Mahony, board of directors.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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