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Killarney welcomes Irish Orienteering Championships

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For the first time in close on quarter of a century, a major multi-day orienteering event is to be staged in Killarney.

The town will play host to the prestigious 2022 Irish Orienteering Championships over the May Bank Holiday weekend with close to 500 competitors from throughout the country and overseas participating.

The four-day event, from April 29 to May 2, is being organised by the Kerry Orienteering Club who will have full responsibility for three days of the action while Cork Orienteering Club will organise the fourth day.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has enthusiastically welcomed the big event and praised those involved for their hard work and dedication in securing the championships for the town.

President, Niall Kelleher said, as an activity, orienteering is exactly the type of event that the new Destination Plan that Fáilte Ireland and the industry have agreed for Killarney.

“The orienteering event will generate over 1,500 bednights in the greater Killarney area and 95 percent of participants will be staying in the town for three nights. It is a very high-quality event and the great Killarney outdoors will provide the perfect course for those involved,” he said.

“We look forward to welcoming them all to town and we trust that they will enjoy the wonderful attractions and majestic outdoor playground Killarney has to offer.

"The Chamber sends Brendan O’Brien and all the organising team our very best wishes for what we know will be will be a tremendous event.”

EVENTS

On Friday, April 29 there will be an evening sprint race around the grounds and gardens of Muckross House while Saturday will see a middle distance race based at the Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre with events that evening at the ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre in Killarney.

Sunday morning will feature a long race on Crohane Mountain in Glenflesk with a lively hooley and prizegiving ceremony in ANAM that evening.

The long weekend’s events will conclude on Monday morning with a relay race in Killarney National Park at Knockreer.

Further details are available on www.irishorienteeringchampionships.org.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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