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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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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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