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Limited Spaces Remaining for the ŠKODA Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

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There are limited spaces remaining for The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, which will take place on Saturday, 7th July 2018. The cycle, which this year celebrates 35 years as Ireland’s largest one-day charity fundraising event, is expected to see 10,000 recreational cyclists take part.

Over the past 35 years, the cycle has raised almost €15 million for 150 charity organisations, through the annual support of participating cyclists and volunteers. Aside from some essential costs to run the 180km Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, all funds raised go directly to carefully selected charity organisations.

To date, funds raised from The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle have benefited many support services, such as Down Syndrome Ireland, Enable Ireland, the Irish Kidney Association, Breakthrough Cancer Research, the Kerry Hospice Foundation, Pieta House, St Joseph’s Home in Killorglin, and many more.

To celebrate ŠKODA and Liam Lynch Motors sixth consecutive year partnering with the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, they have announced some special activities to support cyclists before and after the infamous 180km cycle.

On the evening of Friday, 6th July, at the cyclist registration event, ŠKODA and Liam Lynch Motors will have two courtesy bike mechanics on stand-by, for any last minute repairs that participants may require, to ensure that participants’ bikes are readily prepared for the 180km challenge.

In addition to that, ŠKODA will have an array of high quality cycling apparel for sale, including shorts, jerseys and rain gear at a special discount rate.

After completing the trek, ŠKODA and Liam Lynch Motors will offer participants courtesy massages, via six specialist sports massage therapists, who will be on hand to take care of any post-cycle strains and aches. 

Speaking about the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, Liam Lynch of Liam Lynch Motors said:

 “We have a great tradition of welcoming guests to our wonderful county and we’ll be doing just that, as thousands descend on Kerry, for this event, in July. There has been a great response to the cycle yet again this year, but I would urge people to register for the last remaining spaces, as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. It’s a great day out and the event raises much-needed funding for many great causes. As a special thank you to all event participants, we are delighted to offer some additional services, to make the challenge a little easier and we look forward to welcoming those taking part, to our showroom.”

For further information on The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, check out www.ringofkerrycycle.ie, or to contact a member of staff at Liam Lynch Motors, call 066 9793066.

 

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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