SOME 47 local charities were the winners when the grand total for this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle was totted up, reaching a whopping €1,737,700.
A total of 11,000 intrepid cyclists from across Ireland and beyond saddled up to cycle the scenic Ring of Kerry on July 2 with one shared goal – to use pedal power to generate money for many deserving local charities and this epic achievement was celebrated at a special function in the INEC on Friday night. “Fundraisers, supporters, organisers and charities alike are delighted to reveal that a staggering €1,737,700 was raised and this was divided amongst 47 local charities,” said cycle committee PRO Cathal Walshe.
Every year this event brings people together in an incredible act of generosity and this year is no different, added Cathal. “We are delighted to have raised such a huge amount again for such deserving local charities. This year more than 45 local charities will benefit from the generosity of our fundraisers and we couldn’t be more proud of that,” he said.
“The charities involved do incredible work all year round in our community and it’s a huge honour to be able to support them in this way once a year. It is always really special to see volunteers from the charities helping out on the day in July, thanking the fundraisers as they complete their journey.”
Cathal added: “Special thanks must go the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to make the cycle happen. 12 months of planning goes into organising and managing the cycle and this is done by a voluntary committee. Thanks must also go to our fantastic partners and sponsors Supervalu, SKODA, The Kerryman, Nature Valley, Bon Secours Hospital, and the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce. With their support most of the running costs are covered.”
The 10 nominated Kerry based charities that will benefit from the money raised are; Aras Mhuire Nursing Home, Derrynane Inshore Rescue, Irish Kidney Association (Kerry branch), Pieta House: Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre (Kerry branch), Recovery Haven Kerry, South West Counselling Services Killarney, St Francis Special School, St Joseph’s Nursing Home, Killorglin, St Ita’s and St Joseph’s Post Primary Special School in Tralee and Talbot Grove.
Three second-tier charities received €10,000 with 34 additional charities receiving €2,000 each. “Everyone associated with the cycle are delighted and proud that the 2016 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle has been such an amazing success,” added Cathal. “A huge thank you to everyone who fundraised and we hope to see you again in 2017! The planning has begun.”
Figure this: €1,737,700 the final amount raised of money raised after 33rd Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2016, now the biggest one-day charity fundraising event in Munster, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists completing 180km of spectacular Kerry landscape, while at the same time fundraising for Kerry-based charities.
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Green light for teen accommodation
By Michelle Crean Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]
By Michelle Crean
Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.
An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.
The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.
The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.
The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.
The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.
Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities
An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities.
The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.
Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life.
“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement.
“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk.
An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.
An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/
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