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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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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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Salvias are valuable plants for any gardener

By Debby Looney, gardening expert One plant which I think is a super addition to borders and pots is the salvia. There are many to choose from, but there are […]

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By Debby Looney, gardening expert

One plant which I think is a super addition to borders and pots is the salvia. There are many to choose from, but there are two broad differences, one is the bedding salvia, with its spikes of fire-engine-red flowers – though they come in cream and purple also.

These have become less popular with gardeners over the years, as slugs eat them with relish. I have found the product ‘Grazers’, a spray, excellent as a slug repellent. As an aside, ‘Grazers’ also do a rabbit, deer, lily beetle and caterpillar repellent, all of which are organically certified and perfectly safe to use. They are also quite effective products. Secondly, everyone knows the herb salvia, or sage which goes perfect with chicken, roast squash or parma ham, it is a flavour of autumn.

However, there are over 500 salvias to choose from, and happily, nurseries are taking notice of them. This year a notable addition to most garden centre stock is the hybrid Wish collection. There are three; ‘Love and Wishes’, ‘Ember’s Wish’ and ‘Wendy’s Wish’. Being the greedy gardener I am, I planted all three, and have been rewarded by large bushy plants with masses of colour. I planted them in a free draining, sunny part of the garden, where they have plenty of space. The plants themselves reach about 80cm, flower spikes being at least 20cm long in colours pink, aubergine and orange.

Another beauty is S. Amistad, which every garden with a flower border should have. They grow up to 1.2m, with lush dark green foliage, topped by dark blue flowers. The calyces (the bit the flower comes out of!) are almost black, giving it a fantastically dramatic look. S. nemerosa is a hardy variety, used in Irish gardens for years, as it spreads happily keeping weeds at bay. ‘New Dimension Blue’ is a lovely variety, with rich blue flower spikes. S. nemerosa does not grow that tall, about 30cm. It is also one of the few salvias which will tolerate heavy soil and a lot of winter rain.

S. roemeriana ‘Hot Trumpets’ is also a low growing spreading salvia, about 30cm, with the brightest red flower spikes I have yet to see rivalled! It grows well in dappled shade, adding great splashes of colour. Another red is S. x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’. It is an evergreen perennial, which loves full sun. It grows to about 50cm, and has flowers from April through to the first frosts. The flowers are bicoloured red and white, like little flags. ‘Killer Cranberry’ is another beauty with magenta flowers.

All salvias are attractive to bees and other pollinators, and as such are valuable plants for any gardener. They look great grouped with other perennials, as well as in pots or on their own in beds.

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