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

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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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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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