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Lords and ladies of the Ring get set to saddle up

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WHILE the weather may be “in the lap of the gods”, to quote Ring of Kerry Cycle PRO Cathal Walshe, organisers hope the 34th annual event will be a safe and enjoyable one.

And there will be many famous faces among the 9,000 big-hearted lords and ladies of the Ring who will come under starter’s orders at 7am on Saturday in Killarney.

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his son Ferdia will be saddling up for the event, both having completed it several times over the years. Indeed, one year Enda was accompanied on the route by Leo Varadkar, who would go on to succeed him as Taoiseach this year.

World Champion and Olympic athlete Sonia O’Sullivan and former Galway GAA dual star and philanthropist Alan Kerins will both use pedal power to generate funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Former chief superintendent of Kerry Gardai Pat Sullivan and his wife Maura are also all set to complete the 180km route. “The main message is safety. We want everyone to enjoy the day and come home safely; it’s not about speed,” Cathal Walshe told Killarney Advertiser.

The fun will begin tomorrow afternoon from 2pm to 10pm with registration at Beech Road. There will also be an exciting expo area in association with O’Sullivan Cycles.

Meanwhile, Beech Road will also be the place to be on Saturday where you can cheer and support the cyclists as they cross the finish line and receive their medals.

The 2017 cycle is dedicated to the memory of Killarney woman Annette Mannix.

This year’s beneficiaries are:

Derrynane Inshore Rescue Services
Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre
Talbot Grove
Recovery Haven (Cancer Support House)
Social Action Group, Rathmore
Kerry Parents & Friends Association
Down Syndrome Ireland – Kerry Branch
Campbell Community, Dingle
Temple Street Foundation
Valentia Island Hospital

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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