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Locals gear up for gruelling 8,000km cycle

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CYCLE CHALLENGE: Locals are planning a gruelling 8,000 cycle from Kerry to Kenya for charity. Pictured from l-r were: Michael Finnegan, Daire Sheehy, Eddie Sheehy, Eamonn Sheehy, Aaron Morris and Michael Lindsey. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Locals are hoping to take on an epic 8,000km charity cycle - without leaving Killarney town or even the gym - as they are planning a fundraiser next month.

From December 14 to 20, a group are planning to take on the charity fitness cycle on stationary bikes in a socially distanced manner at Studio 7 Fitness Killarney on New Street.

Some of the names who have committed to cycle a few kilometres include Kerry footballers Tony Brosnan, Paudie Clifford and Sean O'Shea and former player Eoin Brosnan, Sean Taaffe, The Brand Geeks, ultra runner and owner of the Black Sheep Hostel Kevin Leahy, and the Mayor of Kerry, Patrick Connor-Scarteen to name a few. Each will cycle as many kilometres as possible to help clock up the miles to keep the charity event in gear.

The event will not only raise awareness but also some very necessary funds for ‘The Kenya Education Project’ founded by Killarney man Eddie Sheehy in 2003. Eddie and his co-workers help create awareness of the difficulties faced by families in Kenya which are even more compounded this year with COVID-19. The charity provides food and education for hundreds of children on or below the poverty line in Kenya. The charity also works in conjunction with St Vincent de Paul helping deliver clothes as well as financial aid to families.

"I wanted to come up with an idea on how we could help raise money as well as finish off a tough year on a good note," Michael Lindsay from Studio 7 Fitness Killarney told the Killarney Advertiser.

"My Senior Fitness Coach, Aaron Morris came up with the idea of the ‘Kerry to Kenya’ charity cycle. The journey often undertaken by Eddie and his co-workers comes to just shy of 8,000kms. We hope to recreate this journey using stationary socially distanced bikes in our gym in Killarney, guidelines dependant, over a seven day span where people can sign up to cycle and or donate as little or as much as they want to help us reach our fundraising target."

To get donate, go to GoFundMe: From Kerry to Kenya 8000km Charity Gym Cycle.

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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