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Killarney Racecourse seeks clarity on restrictions

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Racecourse, which has been named in the ‘Top Ten Racecourses to visit in the World', is calling for more clarity on what events can and cannot go ahead under the latest COVID-19 restrictions announced last week.

On Tuesday last, the Government revealed that all events that cater to crowds in excess of five thousand people could not go ahead before September 1 in an effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Killarney Racecourse hosts three popular meetings every year, from May 10 to 12, July 13 and 17, and August 19 to 22.

All three fall into the latest restriction period and while there is another announcement expected from the Government by May 5, racecourse officials are calling for more clarity so they can continue to organise events or take a decision and cancel or postpone meetings.

“There will need to be more clarity given on the directive,” Megan Daly-Tyrell, the Conference and Events Manager at the racecourse, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“For example, whether sporting events can take place behind closed doors, whether events will be open to the public with limits on capacity and social distancing regulations in place. It really is too early, at this time, to speculate without clarity around these points.”

Meanwhile, The Racing Post, one of horse racing’s most influential newspapers has named Killarney Racecourse in its list of ‘Top Ten Racecourses to visit in the World'.

The newspaper invited readers to select their favourite tracks.

“Nestled close to the nearby lakes and mountains means Killarney can have its own micro-climate, but when the summer sun shines, the mountain and lake backdrop is spectacular and there is certainly no place that can offer such scenery in Ireland or Britain,” the Racing Post said.

Racing manager Philip O’Brien says he is delighted the racecourse was recognised by one of the sport’s leading publications.

“This is rewarding to all the staff that have put in the hard, unseen work that goes into keeping it as one of the most picturesque tracks in the world,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“With the current circumstances and uncertainty around at the moment, it’s a great boost for everyone involved in Killarney racecourse and when things do go back to normal, we will be here ready to go and looking forward to welcoming back racegoers to this idyllic racecourse. I wish everyone well during these times and hopefully, we will get back to normality sooner rather than later.”

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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