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Killarney Regatta is all set to make a splash

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FROM this morning and throughout the day, the rowing fraternity of Killarney will flock to the Mahony’s Point course where the 232nd annual Killarney Regatta is being staged and the news emerging from all six competing clubs is that they will be competing in all the 17 races on the regatta programme.

Killarney has a rowing tradition dating back to the early 1800s and what makes it unique in the world of rowing is that the town and its environs can muster a grand total of six clubs.

Muckross who have been enjoying much success in recent years has a history dating back to 1800 and claim to be one of the oldest clubs in Ireland. Their neighbours in that region are Flesk Valley, established in 1923. Fossa, once known as Aghadoe Boat Club and established in 1893, draws its membership from the parish of Fossa while down beside Ross Castle we have Commercials, established in 1886. St Brendan’s were formed in 1895 and Workmen in 1920. All of the clubs enjoyed much success over the years.

While the annual Killarney Regatta may be the focal point of the rowing season the majority of those six clubs now compete regularly at regatta around the country and at coastal rowing events in both Kerry and Cork with the result that the rowing season now stretches from mid-January to late October and we must also taker cognisance of the fact that three Killarney oarsmen namely Paul Griffin, Sean Casey and Cathal Moynihan rowed for Ireland in the Olympic Games. This was akin to the feats achieved by the O'Donovan brothers from Skibbereen, which has helped to promote rowing as a sport in the county,

As the cost of staging the regatta continues to escalate each year the committee is deeply indebted to its sponsors, who contribute generously each year and are also greatly indebted to the management of Killarney golf club who have made their facilities available since 1954 when the regatta was first staged on that course.

LADIES RACES

Rowing has been growing in popularity among the fair sex over the years. This year’s programme will feature eight races for the competing ladies’ crews and the full programme is as follows.

PROGRAMME

9.30am, ladies juvenile sixes followed by the juvenile men’s sixes, junior ladies’ sixes, junior men’s sixes, minor ladies’ sixes, minor men’s sixes, veteran men’s sixes, veteran ladies’ sixes, senior men’s sixes, novice ladies’ sixes, novice men’s sixes, junior ladies’ fours, junior men’s’ fours, senior ladies’ fours, senior men’s’ fours.

Onshore entertainment will be provided by the Mary 0'Leary School of Dancing while the bonny baby contest will also attract much attention.

Win lose or draw, the contestants will assemble for the annual regatta dance and presentation of prizes on Tuesday, June 27, during which the winner of the Regatta Queen Contest will be announced.

 


 
Above: The Killarney Regatta committee at the 2017 regatta launch at the Killarney Avenue with sponsors, including Killarney Advertiser, represented by Kieran Healy, business development manager, back, right. PICTURE: DYLAN CLIFFORD

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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