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By Michelle Crean

It was noisy and colourful - but it was also lots of fun - as little members of the Garda force lit the town up blue on Wednesday afternoon.

HEROES: Kerry's Little Blue Heroes pictured with their big blue heroes members of An Garda Síochána and the Blue Knights at the Gleneagle on Wednesday.

Kerry's Little Blue Heroes pictured with their big blue heroes members of An Garda Síochána at the Gleneagle on Wednesday.

Alexis O'Mahony with her parents Stephen and Teresa O'Mahony from Woodlawn pictured with local Garda Gillian Mac Eoin at the Gleneagle Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Photos: Michelle Crean

Alexis O'Mahony from Woodlawn pictured with local Garda Gillian Mac Eoin at the Gleneagle Hotel.

Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Alannah Foley from Killorglin and Sean Kearney from Killarney pictured with local Garda Gillian Mac Eoin.

Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

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Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Blue Knights International coming up through High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Kerry's Little Blue Heroes pictured with their big blue heroes members of An Garda Síochána at the Gleneagle on Wednesday.

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Alexis O'Mahony from Woodlawn pictured with local Garda Gillian Mac Eoin at the Gleneagle Hotel.

Frankie O'Sullivan, pictured with Garda Gillian Mac Eoin, is thrilled with his brand new mini Garda motor bike.

Garda Gillian Mac Eoin pictured getting arrested by comedian Pat Shortt.

The VIPs got a chance to tag along with their big blue heroes with a special Parade of the Nations from the Gleneagle Hotel down Main Street and through High Street up to Cleeny Roundabout and back to Gleneagle via Port Road and Mission Road with local Gardai and veteran police officers from 29 countries who are in Killarney as part of the Blue Knights International Convention.

It was all part of a special event the Blue Knights organised in association with An Garda Síochána and children's charity Little Blue Heroes who make youngsters undergoing health issues honorary Gardai and treat them to specially sized uniforms and days out.

Some of the local children involved included Frankie O'Sullivan from Killarney town who is in remission following a battle with Leukaemia, Alexis O'Mahony from Woodlawn who suffers from Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency (PDHD), and Alannah Foley from Killorglin who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, as well as other young members of the force from across the county.

And special guest was comedian Pat Shortt who helped get the parade going at the Gleneagle.

"Pat Shortt detailed, or gave instructions to, the children, then we put all the children and their families into the seven patrol cars and on the seven motorbikes fitted with car seats," Garda Gillian Mac Eoin told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We made lots of noise in the parade and the kids absolutely loved it, they were doing the sirens through town. We think the Gardai enjoyed the parade more than the kids!"

Back at the hotel Alannah, Frankie and Sean Kearney from Ardfert were thrilled to be presented with fully electric kids mini Garda bikes.

"Seeing them on their bikes was the highlight of the day for me!"

One special Little Blue Hero Kate Lehane from Ballycasheen was in Dublin and unfortunately couldn't attend on the day.

Photos: Michelle Crean

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Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]

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The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”

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