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Killarney man elected President of Cycling Ireland

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By Sean Moriarty

Ballydowney resident Dr Tom Daly was elected President of Cycling Ireland on Saturday.

The announcement was made at the federation’s 34th Annual General Meeting which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel and Leisure Club in Monaghan.

Daly held the position of Vice President prior to the AGM and was Secretary of Killarney Cycling Club before joining the Board of Cycling Ireland in March of 2022.

The Ballyfinane native is one of Kerry’s true sporting heroes. He played Minor football for Kerry in the 1970s, he was the first man ever to solo canoe around Ireland in the 1980s and is a former volunteer with Kerry Mountain Rescue.

Although always a cycling fan, the now 67-year-old only took up competitive cycling in his 50s and won several National Masters titles on the roads.

He also wrote ‘The Ras, Ireland’s Unique Bike Race’ the definitive history of the country’s biggest race.

Prior to his time with Killarney Cycling Club he was involved in Kanturk Cycling Club in various roles for many years. He was previously Secretary of Cycling Munster.

“We are one of the biggest and most successful sporting organisations in the country with 26,000 members. We have around 500 clubs. We excel in competition and our members are on the roads and trails all across the country. So, it’s time now we put our shoulders back, lifted our chins and walk out of here determined to be proud again. We can restore the pride that our organisation deserves,” Dr Daly said at his acceptance speech.

Challenging Journey

"It's a challenging journey for all of us. We are on one hand a big and complex voluntary organisation that needs to work for its members and also for the volunteers. We are on the other hand a fair-sized company with a turnover of around €5.2 million and a staff of around 25 - both of which we have ambitions to grow - and that aspect of the organisation needs to be run in a very professional manner. I believe we must continue that progress."

He also paid tribute to his fellow Killarney Cycling Club members who nominated him for the role.

Daly had a career in education and worked for agencies such as the National Centre for Technology in Education and the Special Education Support Service and holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Limerick and University College Cork. On retirement, he moved back to Kerry where he and his wife Ann became active members of the local cycling club.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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