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New entrance unveiled at Killarney Racecourse

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Killarney Racecourse officially unveiled its new entrance as part of their bi-centenary celebrations programme.

Father and son Dermot Ivo O'Sullivan former Board of Directors Killarney Racecourse and his son Ivo O'Sullivan Director of Killarney Racecourse. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Michael Cahill from Rathmore with his grandchildren Luke McMahon and Rory Cahill pictured at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea and Ger Coughlan Killarney Race Committee pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

As part of Killarney Racecourse programme celebrating 200 years of horse racing in Killarney Minister for Education Norma Foley TD. was on hand on Friday afternoon to mark the bi-centenary by unveiling a new entrance to the racecourse. Members of Kerry County Council and Oireachtas Cllr Marie Maloney Cllr. Niall O'Callaghan Deputy Pa Daly TD. Cllr Donal Grady Cllr Brendan Cronin Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council Cllr. Niall Kelleher Gerard Coughlan (Chairman Board of Directors Killarney Racecourse) Cllr. John O'Donoghue Con O'Mahony (Board of Directors Killarney Racecourse). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea with Elliott Keane from Tralee and the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea with Aoife Aine and Sean Scanlon from Killarney pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD. was on hand on Friday afternoon to mark the bi-centenary by unveiling a new entrance to the racecourse. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Jonathan Mullin Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs from Horse Racing Ireland pictured speaking at Killarney Racecourse during the 200 years of horse racing in Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

As part of Killarney Racecourse programme celebrating 200 years from left were: Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council Cllr Niall Kelleher Gerard Coughlan (Chairman Board of Directors Killarney Racecourse) Liam Sugrue(Farnes Construction) and Philip O'Brien (Manager Killarney Racecourse). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea with fellow players and Ger Coughlan Killarney Race Company Chairman pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Killarney punters Paudie Sheahan and Ger Healy pictured at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Rachel Foley Pam Treacy and Betty O'Connor from Killarney pictured at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Oonagh Groves Firies Donal Groves Firies and Naomi Reidy Firies County kerry pictured at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea with committee members Aine O'Donoghue Con O'Mahony and Ger Coughlan and the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

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Kerry Football captain Sean O'Shea with fans Jack and Mike Sheahan Farranfore pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup at the Killarney Races August Festival opening day on Thursday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle

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Minister for Education, Norma Foley together with Jonathan Mullin Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs from Horse Racing Ireland, The Irish Horse-Racing Regulatory Board and Killarney Racecourse formally opened the gates as part of a short ceremony before racing.

The project commenced in November 2020 and its completion was hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic, increased costs and availability of materials. The development has been partially grant assisted by Horse Racing Ireland’s Capital Development Fund.

“It’s a great honour as Chairman to mark this historic and momentous occasion as we celebrate 200 years of racing in Killarney and unveil this magnificent new entrance," Gerard Coughlan said.

"Racing in Killarney dates back to 1822 prior to establishing itself in 1936 in our current location which is now widely renowned as the most scenic racetrack in Ireland. Over the years there have been many famous and legendary people as well as some very high-class racehorses through our gates. Many high-profile jockeys have ridden at our track including the late great Lester Piggott, Frankie Detorri, to name but a few. The Race Company is deeply indebted to all our sponsors who generously contributed and supported the growth and development of Killarney Racecourse over the years, which has allowed us to grow our racing calendar to 13 superb race fixtures per annum. We are also most grateful for the tremendous support of our very loyal patrons who have frequented Killarney Races over the years. I would also like to thank all management and staff, current and past and my fellow directors for their vision, enthusiasm, and dedication to establishing Killarney as one of the leading racetracks in the country.”

A special note of thanks from the board of Killarney Racecourse DAC also went to Liam Sugrue of Farnes Construction and his team, Engineer, Ian Brosnan of Malachy Walsh and Partners, Brendan Williams, Architect, Sapphire Signs, Anita Barber, Landscaper and Kerry County Council Engineers John Ahern and Stephan Sheehan.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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