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Dressing up for St Patrick's Day Festival: Dave Rae, Mark Clifford and Kate O'Leary are encouraging everybody to dress up in old style and be part of St Patrick's Festival Parade in Killarney on Thursday, March 17, at 2pm. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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Dressing up for St Patrick's Day Festival: Dave Rae, Mark Clifford and Kate O'Leary are encouraging everybody to dress up in old style and be part of St Patrick's Festival Parade in Killarney on Thursday, March 17, at 2pm. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN
 


 
THE team behind St Patrick’s Festival Cill Áirne is delighted with the response to the second annual event.
The theme of the festival is Ireland: Past, Present and Future and festival chairperson Anne Marie Kennelly of MD O’Shea and Sons encourages everyone to get out early on the day of the parade and join in what will be a spectacle for the whole family.
Committee member Helen Sheehan of The Killarney Grand Hotel added: “We have had a great response from the local business community both from a sponsorship level to local businesses getting involved with the festival.”
The committee advises that the parade floats and vehicles have to arrive at Mission Road from the Port Road and Cathedral Place side. Traffic will not be allowed to travel down Mission Road towards the Cathedral.
“The spectacle we have in store would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and we would ask that they be supported wherever possible,” added Helen.
Committee member Bernadette Randles said: “The planning is almost complete, all we hope for is a fine day so that the vibrancy of this year’s parade can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and be sure to get in to town early for the many surprises we have planned.”
Meanwhile, the festival committee encourages every local business to get green. “Following on from last year’s hugely successful greening of Killarney we want to add more landmarks, let’s turn Killarney completely green,” said Anne Marie.
Other events include a céilí mór on Scotts Street on March 18 from 5pm and a party at the Grand Hotel featuring Ruaille Buaille.
Killarney Lake Lore and Lies Boat trip returns this year on Saturday, March 19, at 1.30pm. Tickets are available from Eason.
There will be plenty of free parking again this year, including at all three second-level schools, Holy Cross NS and the Old Monastery as well as Penneys multi-storey car park on St Patrick’s Day.

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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