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Local success as Killarney hosts national mountain biking championships

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Cycling Club members showed their skills on the national stage last weekend.

WINNERS: Killarney Cycling Club member Frank Doherty won the Senior 4 race and was joined on the podium by second-placed club member Thomas O'Reilly.

TOP STEP: Mark McGlynn won the S2 race.

The club hosted the second round of the Irish Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Points Series at An Óige Youth Hostel in Fossa on Sunday.

Over 150 riders from all over Ireland took part in the biggest mountain biking event in the area since the club last hosted the national championship in 2018.

Several club members won their category in the event. Adam Murphy was the top junior, Mark McGlynn topped the Senior 2 men’s race, and Frank Doherty was the winner in the Senior 4 men’s race.

“It was a spectacular performance from Mark McGlynn, combining strong legs, great technical abilities and tactical prowess to come away with the win, getting the better of 30 riders on home soil,” said club PRO Keith Lyne.

“Adam Murphy continued his good form on two wheels to finish very comfortably on the top step of the podium in the junior race. A strong sprint at the start saw a gap open very quickly which continually increased as the laps went on. No one is capable of getting the better of this young man at the moment.”

Lissivigeen man Doherty has a passion for two-wheeled sports. Last year he raced motorcycles at Mondello Park. After the season ended he took up cycle racing and has many top 10 results all over Kerry and beyond. He went off road last weekend.

“Frank Doherty swapped out his usual racing wheels for something a bit thicker and found himself on the top step of the podium after an hour of fast racing. Thomas O’Reilly wasn’t far behind and finished a well-deserved second,” added Keith.

“We also had Noel Doherty, Eoin Mannix and Cathal Hickey racing in style, and all finishing inside the top 10 [in S4]. All of our riders showed off their technical abilities around the course and provided spectators with great entertainment.”

The club PRO paid tribute to his fellow club officers who put in weeks of work to make the event happen.

“We are very grateful to everyone that made Sunday possible; An Óige for the use of the facilities, all of our sponsors who continuously back our ventures and all volunteers on the day who helped with marshalling, traffic control, set up and clean up, resulting in smooth running from start to end,” he said. “Thanks to all of the riders who travelled from all corners of the country to participate in a very enjoyable day of racing in the Kingdom.”

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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