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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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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

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​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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