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May racing festival kickstarts summer in Killarney

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WELL, it certainly scored all the points when it came to getting the summer started in fine style. Killarney’s May racing festival attracted bumper crowds as it hosted its Mad Hatters day on its opening day on Sunday as well as its Lá na gClub on Monday evening and again drew eager racegoers to the popular track for the concluding meet today.

Jason Browne from Laune Rangers GAA Club kicked his way to winning the €3,000 prize for his club on Monday evening at Killarney Races. Six clubs took part in third annual free-taking event, Glenflesk, Laune Rangers, Milltown/Castlemaine, Legion, Dr Crokes and Gneeveguilla. Jason Browne kicked seven from seven free kicks against the clock. “We were delighted with our opening festival of the season, crowds were up, the racing was fantastic and the atmosphere was great!” said Brid Lucey, sales and marketing manager of Killarney Racecourse.

“We are now focusing on our renowned July festival which promises to be another great festival!”

Sunday was ‘Mad Hatters Day’ sponsored by Ryanair and Kerry Airport, and there was plenty of imagination, style and fun on show.

Judges Mary MacBride from Mac Bee’s Boutique and Noel Ryan from Kerry Airport had a difficult task in choosing the winners on the day.

Ella Galvin scooped first prize in the children’s category and won a prize of a trip to London with Ryanair and Kerry Airport. The prize included return flights for two adults and two children to London with Ryanair from Kerry Airport, two nights’ accommodation in a three-star hotel, and a one-day ticket pass for Legoland Windsor for two adults and two children.

The second prize, an Apple iPod was won by Brothers Ben and Darren O’Brien.

In the adults category, first prize went to Shirley Flynn from Co Waterford for her ‘Butterfly and Buttons’ hat and she won a of return flights for two to London from Kerry Airport with Ryanair including two nights’ accommodation and lunch for two with paired wines at Corrigan’s Mayfair. The second adult prize, two tickets to Killarney Races’ renowned ladies day on July 14 which included the much sought-after hospitality in the Panoramic Restaurant was won by Maeve Brassil from Killarney.

 


 
The Lá na gClub 2016 winner of €3000 was the Laune Rangers star Jason Browne. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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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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