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Killarney sings out ‘Good morning, America!’

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Jerry Cronin, in character, at the raising the American and Irish Flag, as a rousing chorus of The Star-Spangled Banner performed by The Killarney Golf Club Choir, with Killarney Musical Society and Killorglin ladies choral group at the ceremonial hoisting of the USA Flag over the Town Hall to mark the begining of the 4th July Celebrations in Killarney. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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IT WAS a case of “Good morning, America” bright and early today as the cathaoirleach of Killarney’s Municipal District, Councillor Brendan Cronin, and Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce president Kate O’Leary raised the US flag.

The Stars and Stripes were hoisted above Killarney Town Hall to the accompaniment of a rousing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, performed by the Killarney Golf Club Choir, Killarney Musical Society and the Killorglin ladies choral group.

The moving ceremony marked the beginning of Killarney’s 4th of July Celebrations which are unfolding throughout the day.

A-lister Tom Cruise will top the bill tonight at the third annual festival at a free outdoor screening of American classic Top Gun in the magnificent setting of Killarney House & Gardens.

Main Street Killarney has been transformed into Main Street USA with lots of exciting events and street entertainment. A charity barbecue takes place at 4pm on Scott’s Street Killarney in aid of the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus. This is a free event sponsored by The Henggeler-Moriarty family.

During the afternoon don’t be surprised if you come across The Wild West Troupe shooting up the town.

The main event of the day of course will be the big parade starting at 8pm from Killarney Outlet Centre and winding its way through College Street and Plunkett Street to finally reach Main Street where the party will really get under way with master of ceremonies DJ Niall Botty O’Callaghan in control. Of course no 4th of July Celebration would be complete without the all important fireworks display which is scheduled to commence about 10.45pm.

Killarney 4th of July Celebrations organising committee chairperson Diarmuid Leen said: “This is a rally call for all of us in Killarney to show our appreciation of our American friends and associates.”

Killarney Chamber president Kate O’Leary paid tribute to the event’s partners and sponsors Kerry County Council, Failte Ireland, IPB Insurance, O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group, Heineken Ireland, The Killarney Park & Ross Hotels, The International Hotel, MD O’Shea's and The Henggeler-Moriarty Family together with Scott’s Hotel.
 


 
Jerry Cronin, in character, at the raising the American and Irish Flag, as a rousing chorus of The Star-Spangled Banner performed by the Killarney Golf Club Choir, with Killarney Musical Society and Killorglin ladies choral group at Killarney Town Hall.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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