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Killarney Mountain Festival plan plenty of adventures this March

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Last year’s inaugural event was so successful that plans are firmly in place for a return of the Killarney Mountain Festival.
From March 8 to 10, there’ll be plenty of mountain and adventure-related activities to do, say organisers, who are running their event in close association with the hugely successful and world-renowned Kendal Mountain Festival in the beautiful Lake District in the UK, of which Killarney is twinned.
Killarney Mountain Festival is sure to inspire and invigorate visitors with its jam-packed programme of events, some of which are free, such as live musical entertainment across the weekend, including Friday and Saturday night, film screenings, family-fun activities, and well-known inspirational guest speakers.

Venues for the various events taking place include Basecamp, the hub of the festival, located in a large festival tent just behind The Killarney Plaza Hotel, St Mary’s Church of the Sloes, The Killarney Plaza Hotel, Cinema Killarney, as well as pop up events in various venues, all located in Killarney Town Centre

“It’s clear that there’s huge excitement and anticipation ahead of the weekend,” Maureen Hegarty, Killarney Mountain Festival Committee Chair, said.
“Having had such a fantastic festival weekend last March, we are really looking forward to this year’s festival. The programme features a line-up of amazing guest speakers, some of the most renowned adventurers in the world, film screenings, family fun events, challenges including a 10-mile race on Sunday morning in association with Hardman Events, guided walks with KerryClimbing, and Quest Adventure Race for kids as well as live music entertainment by local band ‘The Rising’ on Friday night at Basecamp. This will be followed by a live session of American mountain themed songs by ‘The Constituents’, a brilliant band visiting us from Arlington, Virginia, and of course, to raise the roof off Basecamp on Saturday night, we’ll have ‘SuperCéilí’ join us for the ultimate night of Irish craic! We can’t wait to see Killarney locals and visitors alike celebrate the mountains of #IrelandsAdventureCapital and Irish culture with us in just over eight weeks’ time. There will be a wide programme of activities for everyone who joins us, and you will find us among our town centre venues and predominantly at Basecamp, the heart of the festival space.”
Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend free talks by motivational speaker and writer Nikki Bradley, adventurer and long distance hiker Olive McGloin, mountaineer, explorer and adventurer Mike O’Shea, and British record-breaking adventurer, author, keynote speaker, and sustainability campaigner Adrian Hayes.
For more information, visit wwww.killarneymountainfestival.com or find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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