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Mini Ring of Kerry cycle delights local school children

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MINI RING CYCLE: With the help of comedian Bernard Casey, St Francis Special School in Beaufort organised their own special Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on the Saint Mary of the Angels campus on Tuesday. Cyclists included children, Rhys O’Mahony, Emma Murphy, Hugh McCarthy, along with staff, Emma Cremin, Fiona Carroll, Mary O’Riordan. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

By Michelle Crean

 

It was a scaled down version of the Ring of Kerry Cycle – but it brought sheer delight to over 50 children in one local school on Tuesday.

Pupils from St Francis Special School, one of the main beneficiaries of this year’s Ring of Kerry Cycle (RoK), excitedly took part in the event and passed along the iconic stops along the way including the Cahersiveen food station, Coomakista for a set dance and the all-important medical station.

The event, which started at 11am, saw the children undertake the 1km cycle of the ‘Ring’ alongside teachers and others, on the grounds of St Mary’s of the Angels campus which they share.

“They can’t cycle the Ring so we brought the Ring to them,” Fiona Carroll, who was one of the main organisers of the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

St Francis Special School provides educational services to pupils aged between four and 18 years who have been assessed to have a moderate, severe or profound general learning disability.

“It was about our children experiencing the world for themselves.”

And everything on the day was a mini version of the real RoK including the official start line brought by Padraig Treacy, David O’Sullivan Cycles gave the use of bikes to accommodate those who couldn’t cycle themselves, Paul Curtis looked after the repair station, Denis Daly took care of the Cahersiveen food station, as well as Radio Kerry’s Brendan Fuller from Killarney, while comedian Bernard Casey kept them all laughing.

“We had brack and bananas – all the things you typically see on the cycle.”

Organisers even found a way to recreate the height at Coomakista, which is the hardest part of the real cycle.

“We found a bit of height at the grotto and one of the teachers made up a road sign and they did set dancing there.”

Cathal Walshe who is infamous with the annual RoK summer cycle was MC on the day.

“He gave a running commentary. He made it sound so real calling the children by their names. It was absolutely brilliant. It was one of those days that gave us a lift.”

She added that the children each received a RoK community garda medal for their participation.

“We’re going to keep it going and complete the 175km Ring of Kerry over the coming months. We are also going to contact companies to sponsor a child.”

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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