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Paul O'Neill, Killarney Chamber, Bobby Dwyer, manager, AIB, Padraig Daly, Killarney Valley AC, Kate O'Leary, Killarney Chamber President, Tomas Griffin, AIB, Johnny McGuire, Killarney Chamber, and front, James O'Donoghue and Brian Looney, AIB.

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KERRY sharpshooters Colm Cooper and James O’Donoghue will be ensuring everyone is under starters’ orders in Killarney today for the AIB Schools Fitness Challenge. And the GAA stars will be on hand throughout the day to meet and greet the athletes.
Last year over a thousand students took part in this major sporting event hosted by the South/East Community Rural Track group and St Brendan’s College and sponsored by AIB.
The hugely successful 5k event, in aid of the Killarney Microtrack project on New Road, is being organised by the same trio of groups again this year.
Registration today for the AIB Schools Fitness Challenge is in the field at Knockreer in Killarney National Park at 12.15pm (next to the playground) and the event will start at 1pm sharp.
It is open to all secondary school students who will run/jog/walk a 5k route and fifth/sixth class primary students who will complete a 2k course.
“The Killarney Microtrack project aims to provide the Killarney and surrounding communities with a fantastic facility that all surrounding communities will benefit from,” said Brian Looney of AIB.
The participants’ €5 donation will go directly towards the local community project, Killarney Microtrack Fund.
 


 
Above: Launching the AIB Schools Fitness Challenge are Paul O'Neill, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Bobby Dwyer, manager, AIB, Padraig Daly, Killarney Valley AC, Kate O'Leary, Killarney Chamber President, Tomas Griffin, AIB, Johnny McGuire, Killarney Chamber, and front, James O'Donoghue and Brian Looney, AIB.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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