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Let’s saddle up for Killarney’s August racing festival

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Caitriona Carroll at the launch of Killarney's August Racing Festival. PICTURE: MAREK HAJDASZ

SOME of the biggest names in the horseracing industry are galloping into Kerry this week as the Killarney August Racing Festival gets underway tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17, and continues until Saturday, August 20.

Ladies day, held in association with Keanes Jewellers, on August 20 will conclude what has been a very successful racing season at the course.

The first three days of racing are all evening meetings and the Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes, with a prize fund of €45,000, features tomorrow, Wednesday. Also on Wednesday there will be a turf and surf barbecue on the terrace of the Panoramic Restaurant.

A mixed card, featuring a The Kingdom Gold Cup, with a €50,000 prize fund, features on Thursday, August 18. Meanwhile, on Friday, August 20, racegoers will enjoy a National Hunt card. With a prize fund of over €100,000 on offer for the evening some great racing is expected.

And ladies will be turning on the style on Saturday, August 20, as Killarney Racecourse hosts its August ladies day in association with Keanes Jewellers. Ladies will be out to impress fashion blogger and stylist and ladies day judge Pippa O’Connor in a bid to win the fabulous prize of a €3,000 diamond pendant sponsored by Keanes Jewellers and coveted title of best-dressed lady. All ten finalists will receive a €100 voucher for Keanes Jewellers.

Killarney Racecourse’s sales and marketing manager Bríd Lucey, said: “The festival always attracts some great racing and Killarney is well known for its fantastic atmosphere and after a very successful July festival we are very much looking forward to the August Racing Festival.”

The festival features 28 races over the four days, there is an impressive prize fund of over €400,000 on offer which is sure to attract runners from Ireland and UK’s top stables. The first race on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings is at 5.20pm, with Saturday’s going to post at 1.20pm. For further information, contact 064-6631125 or visit www.killarneyraces.ie
 


 
Caitriona Carroll at the launch of Killarney’s August Racing Festival.
PICTURE: MAREK HAJDASZ

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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