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Killarney is set for a bumper week as thousands of football and horse racing fans are set to arrive in the town over the coming days.

Many fans are expected in their droves ahead of the all-important Super 8 clash with Kerry on Sunday at Fitzgerald Stadium.

The match is expected to attract a capacity crowd of 31,900 to the stadium bring a much needed mid-season boost to the town.

“It promises to be an exciting sporting week with a huge crowd expected at the recently upgraded Fitzgerald Stadium for what promises to be an epic encounter and the local businesses will contribute hugely to the special atmosphere in and around the town on big match day,” said Paul Sherry, President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce. “It is a wonderful mid-season boost for the town and I know that businesses are expecting a bumper weekend with GAA supporters and punters set to avail of the top class hospitality for which the town is famous.”

Top flight football is a central part to summers in Killarney, traditionally Munster finals with our great rivals Cork, but with the advent of the new Super 8 format since last year new sets of supporters will get the chance to experience what Killarney has to offer.

“July in Killarney conjures up memories of Munster Football Finals and the July Festival Meeting at the Killarney Races. It wouldn’t be a July without Bird’s Bazaar in the Fair Hill Car Park. Bird’s initially were invited to Killarney in the 1940s by Fitzgerald Stadium Committee in order to raise funds for developing the Stadium.,” said the stadium’s Tatyana McGough. “Mayo and Horse Racing Fans can expect some sporting excitement during the day while enjoying what Killarney can offer in the evening   by way of entertainment.”

The five-day Killarney July Racing Festival will commence on Monday.

Highlights include Ladies Day on Thursday, one of highlights of the social calendar in Killarney.

“The three race meetings, held every May, July and August, are a major boost to the town and I know that Gerard Coughlan and his team at the racecourse estimate that the three meetings are worth in excess of €8 million to the town every year. It will certainly be a bumper week ahead for Killarney and I know that the local businesses are really looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the country and beyond,” added Mr Sherry.

Racing fans are sure to flock to the Ross Road course on Wednesday following the announcement that legendary jockey Frankie Dettori will make is maiden appearance in Killarney.

“This is a tremendous feather in our cap because Frankie Dettori is box office. We are absolutely thrilled,” said Killarney Racing Manager Philip O’Brien,“We are overjoyed that he will include Killarney in his schedule for the first time and his personality has never been greater so we expect a bumper crowd on the day.”

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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Double the car fun at Killarney Racecourse

A new collaboration between Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club and Cars n’Coffee Killarney was hailed a success by event organisers. On Sunday last, between 250 and 300 cars went on display at Killarney Racecourse. The range of cars covered everything from vintage, classic, retro and modern from a 1936 Rolls Royce to a 2017 […]

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A new collaboration between Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club and Cars n’Coffee Killarney was hailed a success by event organisers.

On Sunday last, between 250 and 300 cars went on display at Killarney Racecourse.

The range of cars covered everything from vintage, classic, retro and modern from a 1936 Rolls Royce to a 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG.

It was the first time that the local vintage club and the Cars n’Coffee team came together to run an event and it could pave the way for similar such occasions in the future.

“The event attracted a huge cross section of car enthusiasts from all different age brackets which was very important,” Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club’s Tom Leslie, who was one of the main organisers, said.

“The owners were there with the bonnets of the cars open and proud as punch of what they were showing. There was a huge amount of public there and loads of new members signed up to our club.”

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