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Locals hail classy, new-look Laurels

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The people of Killarney were forced to do a double take when walking and driving through the centre of town this week after the front of the iconic Laurels Pub underwent a significant makeover. The old white, green and red colour scheme has been replaced with a stylish grey and gold look and the end result has been hailed as a major success by suitably impressed locals.

“It’s a big change,” says Kate O’Leary, proprietor of the famous old bar. “We’ve had the same colours for the best part of 20 years. I was looking at changing them but I couldn’t make a decision so I went to these interior designers. They picked out colours for me and at first I was like, ‘oh, I don’t know about that…’ but then I said, ‘they know what they’re talking about,’ and I took a leap of faith.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. It maintains the traditional feel of an Irish pub but at the same time it’s a very nice, striking combination of colours.”

The reaction locally has been equally positive, Kate explains.

“The feedback has been phenomenal. People have been ringing and texting just to say how much they like it. There are a couple of more gold touches to go on it and that’ll finish it off. It changes the look of the Market Cross.”

Kate is very active in the Killarney Chamber and she hopes that changes like this will improve the town’s chances in this year’s Tidy Towns.

“The more people who can do anything to improve their buildings, it’s all going to help.”

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

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​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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