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Looking Good campaign has a clear target

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Killarney’s bid to win the coveted overall award in this year’s national Tidy Towns Competition is officially underway.

The 2024 Killarney Looking Good Competition was launched this week and hopes are high that, with a little extra effort by all involved, the town could have great cause to celebrate towards the end of the year.
Killarney was named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town in 2023 but, interestingly, it finished just a single point behind overall winner Abbeyleix in County Laois.
Killarney also scooped the regional award for the south west, the county award for Kerry and a gold medal for excellence last year. It improved its performance on 2022 by a whopping 14 points, rising from 361 to 375.
The competition adjudicators were rich in their praise for Killarney which they described as a beautiful town with much to offer residents and visitors in terms of visual and recreational amenity, nature activities and heritage.
The Tidy Towns Committee, chaired by former long-serving councillor and keen environmentalist Michael Gleeson, includes senior local authority staff members, community activists, business leaders and dedicated Tidy Towns volunteers.
Over three decades after it was first initiated, to help enhance the visual image of the town, the Killarney Looking Good Competition returned with a vengeance last year – after a pandemic enforced absence ­– with a new committee, new categories, new sponsors and ambitious targets.
The project was first launched in 1991 and it grew in stature each year, culminating in some style when Killarney won the prestigious overall award in the 2011 Tidy Towns Competition.
Now 13 years later, Killarney is hoping that it will be a lucky 13 and that this could once again be the town’s glory year.
The Looking Good Competition will see awards presented in over 20 different categories and high achievers in the business and residential communities will be honoured at a gala prizegiving ceremony at the close of the tourist season.
The honours list will include the Yvonne Quill Award in memory of the late great businesswoman who was the driving force behind the Killarney Tidy Towns campaign for several years and the Fr Michael Murphy Award in memory of the popular priest who played a huge part in Killarney, Kenmare and Sneem winning the overall national award in 2011, 2000 and 1987 respectively.
In the business community, there will be awards for the best large and small commercial premises, best newly painted premises, best signage and the best retail award with prizes also for the most impressive hotel, public house, restaurant, café, guesthouse and best public building as well as the most improved premises.
In the residential categories awards will go to the best large and small estates, best private residence, best roadside garden, best floral display and best friendly planting award.
Other categories include a green hospitality award, a corporate special responsibility award, a restoration award, best school and a special biodiversity award.
The Killarney Looking Good Competition is organised by Killarney Municipal District Council and Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce with MD O’Shea & Sons the overall sponsors of the competition and O’Mahony Media Ltd the media sponsor.
The competition will run throughout the tourist season and businesses and residential areas will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

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Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]

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This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:- https://eventmaster.ie/event/dW04CnGSwV

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]

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BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.

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