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Killarney Success at National Enduro Bike championships

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The Irish National Enduro Mountain Bike championship took place last weekend in Djouce woods, in County Wicklow.

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Killarney had a few riders that made the trip up to the event. The race format had been changed due to COVID-19, in order to keep people separated over the weekend.

The new format was to be three stages do them as many times as you could within four hours with the fastest time on each taken.

Up first on the Saturday saw two riders tackle a difficult and damp course. Eoin Fenton was competing in the master 30s category and finished up in 58th, with a few mistakes. He was only competing for the second time so it was a very solid result in what was a very competitive category.

Jason Murphy Was also racing in the Master 30 category and put together a solid run over the three stages to take second place in his category which guaranteed him a National medal and also a stage win overall.

On Sunday three riders tackled the challenging course. Up first was Adam Murphy who was racing in the boys 14-16 category. Adam made a few little mistakes that cost him valuable time throughout the day. He managed to place seventh and only 10 seconds of a podium position.

In the senior men’s category Killarney had two representatives -Damien McCarthy and Chris Sweetman. Both riders put in fantastic rides, Chris came home in 11th with Damien coming home in 17th in what was a very competitive seniors category.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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