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May 13 start date for the Killarney Races

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Killarney Races kicks off its Summer Racing Season on Sunday, May 13 to Tuesday 15, offering three days of the very best of Festival Racing. Sunday and Monday are both National Hunt cards, whilst Tuesday is an all-flat card.

Sales/Marketing Manager of Killarney Racecourse, Peter O’Reilly, said: “We eagerly await the opening day of our 2018 racing season and Sunday, May 13 promises to be an action-packed opening with the very best of National Hunt racing and many more attractions which should ensure a great day out for all.”

The first race on Sunday is at 1.20pm and the feature race on the day is the Grade B Redweld Stables Handicap Hurdle with a prize fund of €50,000.

Monday is ‘Killarney National Night’ with the running of the Laurels Pub & Restaurant Killarney National over an extended three miles and two furlongs. Last year’s race was won by Auvergant in the familiar colours of JP McManus. JP will this year be trying to make it three in a row, having won the last two runnings of the event. We look forward to another strong renewal with a prize fund of €40,000 up for grabs. Monday also features the An Ríocht Chase with last year’s winner Ballycasey hoping to recapture his crown. First race Monday is off at 5.05pm.

Tuesday is a flat card and the first race is off at 5.40pm. The feature race is the EBF Median Auction Fillies Race, won last year by Bumbasina for the Willie McCreery yard.

With almost €400,000 prize money on offer over the three days it promises to be a great racing festival. Restaurant and social packages are still available on all three days. For bookings contact 064 66 31125.

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The late Peggy O’Callaghan was a founder of Kilcummin Scor

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week. Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7. Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week.

Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7.

Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the music and drama arm of the local GAA club.

“It afforded the opportunity to females to participate in club activities long before ladies’ football was initiated and it brought many people into the club, many of whom remained involved in different capacities over the years,” said a club statement.

“She has left us a wonderful legacy and will be remembered fondly by those lucky enough to have met her.”

Peggy will be sadly missed by her husband Michael, sons Diarmuid and Shane, daughters-in-law Trisha and Áine, grandchildren Dara, Caoimhe, Donnacha, Siún and Éabha, brothers Seánie and Frank, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

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Surprise: Details of town-centre inner relief road revealed

By Sean Moriarty Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District. Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District.

Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase order on lands that will link the two town centre streets.

If plans come to fruition it will be possible for motorists on New St to get to the top of High St, adjacent to the Killarney Advertiser’s town centre office, without travelling through the town centre. The plan was first mooted as far back as 2016.

The announcement caught councillors off guard, it was one of the last topics discussed at the four-hour meeting, but it was broadly welcomed by all.

“This access will change the dynamic of traffic movement in the town forever,” said Cllr Niall Kelleher.

Further details of the surprise project are set to be revealed to elected members over the next four to six weeks.

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