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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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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