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Killarney Races celebrates 200 years

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Killarney Races celebrated 200 years of racing yesterday during the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run until tomorrow (Saturday) inclusive.

Oonagh Groves Firies Donal Groves Firies and Naomi Reidy Firies County kerry pictured at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea with fellow players and Ger Coughlan Killarney Race Company Chairman pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea and Ger Coughlan Killarney Race Committee pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Killarney punters Paudie Sheahan and Ger Healy pictured at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Rachel Foley Pam Treacy and Betty O'Connor from Killarney pictured at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea with committee members Aine O'Donoghue Con O'Mahony and Ger Coughlan and the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

'Charterhouse' S McCullough wins the Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea with Elliott Keane from Tralee and the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea with Aoife Aine and Sean Scanlon from Killarney pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Michael Cahill from Rathmore with his grandchildren Luke McMahon and Rory Cahill pictured at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry Senior Football Captain Sean O’Shea, with a host of fellow teammates and back-room staff, escorted Sam Maguire to the racecourse arriving by jaunting cart to take part in the bi-centenary celebrations.

Racegoers of all ages were thrilled to get up close with the Sam Maguire Cup and our fantastic Kerry football legends.

AugustFest at Killarney Races offers patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse. A special bi-centenary admission package was available on the opening day offering patrons admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20 which went down a treat with punters. With many bringing their jerseys and cameras along to make the most of the double celebrations at the Kerry track.

The first race at Killarney Racecourse was recorded in 1822. In the early days, the meetings were supported by Lord Clanmorris and the Earl of Kenmare, the feature race being the Kenmare Stakes from 1826 to 1830. The current racing venue located at Ross Road held its first race meeting on 20 July 1936 and Ontario was the first ever winner at the track, winning the 1½ mile handicap hurdle, in the hands of jockey Willie O’ Grady.

During the August racing festival, a special commemorative marquee featuring a wonderful collection of memorabilia and photographs from the last 200 years is open to all in attendance for the duration of the festival.

“We celebrated a major milestone here at Killarney Races, two hundred years of racing in Killarney which is amazing," Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan said.

"I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the 200 year celebrations during AugustFest!

With two more fantastic days of racing in store and lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.

Patrons are advised to book online and come along early to enjoy the stunning views, facilities, delicious food, live music on the lawn and soak up the boutique festival atmosphere for which Killarney Races is famous.

Adult tickets and packages are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the punter’s pack is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options. For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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