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Mountain bike track has potential to be best in Europe

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By Sean Moriarty

A new downhill mountain bike track in Glenflesk has the potential to be the best in Europe - and could attract some of the biggest competitions in the world.

Shronaboy Farm hosted the Munster Downhill Championships last Sunday.

And although it has hosted several non-timed events in the past it was the first time that the venue hosted an event sanctioned by Cycling Ireland.

The track, which needs additional funding to bring it in to line with similar championship quality courses in Europe, is about half completed.

Sunday’s event attracted just over 80 entries, but site operators believe that this could double if they could complete the track works and add in shower facilities and car parking.

“Our plan would be to attract the big European competitions,” site owner Con O’Donoghue said. “But it is all down to funding. Sunday’s event was our big advert and judging by the comments I heard after, we have a good thing. Last Sunday was fierce successful and we have another major event in September.”

The current track was developed with the help of local downhill mountain biking enthusiasts but O’Donoghue says he needs to double the amount of development at the venue to bring it up to Cycling Ireland and UCI (world governing body) standards.

Local mountain biking competitor Rob Duggan has spent the last week as a spectator at the world mountain biking championships in Les Gets in France.

He says the local track has huge potential but it will take an incredible amount of work to bring it up to Les Gets’ standards.

“In time to come it will be very good,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It could progress to be something huge. Les Gets is a ski resort in the winter and they use it for the bikes in the summer, so they have proper lifts to get the bikes to the top.”

Shronaboy currently uses jeeps and trailers to bring competitors to start line at the top.

 

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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