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Killarney Racecourse announces The Lee Stand Best Dressed Judges



Killarney Racecourse is set to host JulyFest, an exciting five-day summer horse-racing festival from July 17 to 21.

JulyFest at Killarney Races offers great racing, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse.
For many patrons, the most competitive event of the week will take place off the track on Friday in the form of The Lee Strand Best Dressed fashion event! No less than 10 lucky ladies and 10 gents will be selected by the judges, each taking home a prize for their efforts in the fashion stakes.

Ladies and gents will battle it out in style for the chance to be crowned best dressed and take home the covetable prizes of a trip for two to Paris and Milan.

This year’s celebrity judges are Kerry’s own and Digital Content Creator Tadhg Fleming and 2021 Miss Ireland Pamela Uba.

The Lee Stand Judges will be out and about on track from early doors to find this year’s Lee Strand Best Dressed winners.

Fleming said:“I’m absolutely delighted and excited to be part of this year’s Lee Strand Best Dressed at the Killarney Races! Being a local Kerry man, I am honoured to be this year’s judge with my fellow Ultimate Hell Week recruit Pamela. We will be keeping an eye out for the most stylish & head turning outfits on the day… and may I add I am a fan of outrageous and funky designs.”

Uba added: "I am super excited to be judging at the Killarney races this year. It’s such a day of fashion and style and having won best dressed lady at the Galway races previously myself I totally understand the effort that goes into it. I would be looking out for something fun and chic, that’s shows your personality and is unique. I can’t wait to see all the glam."

Killarney Races welcomes Major Bookmarker William Hill to its sponsorship list, sponsoring nine races in total over the first 2 days of flat racing. With their main feature race, The William Hill Extra PLACE Races Daily Handicap of €16,500. Wednesday the Irish stallion farms and European breeders fund (EBF) continues to support Killarney Racecourse featuring the highlight flat Race Cairn Rouge Stakes of €50,000.

As we switch codes, TG4 will be broadcasting live from the corporate balcony on Thursday, featuring the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Hurdle of €18,500k. Friday is Lee Strand Best Dressed with the following features on the card The Lee Strand Handicap Hurdle of €22,000, The Boylesports Handicap Steeplechase of €45k Finishing off the July festival we have the Christy Lucey Mares (Pro/am) Flat Race of €11,500.

Friday is an afternoon meeting with the gates open at 12 noon and the first race off at 2pm so beat the traffic and come along early or better again take a stroll from town to the conveniently located racecourse.

Music in the Jim Culloty Bar will be provided after racing each and every day throughout the festival. Join us post racing with live music from Resolute on Monday and Tuesday evening, Cathal Flaherty on Wednesday and closing out the festival with Jack Patrick Healy on Thursday and Friday.



Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]




This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:-

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]




BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.


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