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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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Maine Valley Golf Club raises €13,050

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Maine Valley Members Golf Club hosted a Comfort for Chemo Golf Fundraiser in memory of Kathy Scannell. The fundraiser was a great success raising €13,050. Clonkeen Forestry Services sponsored the event, and a cheque  was presented to Mary Fitzgerald, Paul McCarthy and Mary Horgan on behalf of Comfort for Chemo.

Maine Valley Members Golf Club and Clonkeen Forestry services would like to thank all those who sponsored T-boxes, golf teams, and those who purchased tickets for the event. They would also like to thank Tom Barry from Killarney Printing for all the print works.

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Dóchas Drama Group’s series of short plays  is go!

The Dóchas Drama Group will run a series of short plays at the Muckross Schoolhouse from December 5 to 7. The group’s annual performance has been switched to the Muckross […]

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The Dóchas Drama Group will run a series of short plays at the Muckross Schoolhouse from December 5 to 7.

The group’s annual performance has been switched to the Muckross venue as its traditional base – the ballroom in the Killarney Avenue Hotel is being refurbished.

“If you are fed up with the incessant rain and constant bad news. Do you need a break? Are tired of listening to advice about your Christmas cake recipe? There is a perfect solution,” said the group’s Liz Ryan.

“We will present six short plays and some of the questions you may ask yourself are: 

“Why is Jane suddenly so honest?

“What did happen on December 9. Will Tiffany be promoted? Will Mags eventually find love?

“Can lost love be re-kindled? What do grandparents get up to when they’re babysitting?

For answers to these questions and more, come along to Muckross Schoolhouse on December 5, 6 and 7.”

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