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New novel Ring of Kerry Cycle open to even more participants

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CYCLE: Cathal Walshe pictured with Bridget and Conor O’Connell preparing for this year’s virtual Ring of Kerry Cycle. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

There could be way more entries than ever before as this year’s Ring of Kerry Cycle is now open to even more people. Continued COVID restrictions means that there’ll be no physical Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle for a second year running – but organisers have come up with a new and novel event.

As the ‘170km My Way’ event is now virtual participants can take on the challenge themselves in their own localities – cycling the equivalent of the Ring of Kerry over 30 days. It can be done in a day, over a week or a month on your own doorstep as it were.

As June 3 is World Bike Day, this is the proposed start day with a completion date of July 3 – the date that would coincide with the actual cycle if it were on this year.

“It’s a consolation event due to COVID,” Cathal Walshe from the organising committee told the Killarney Advertiser.

​​​​​​​”We’ve had, in the past, 21 countries taking part. This now facilitates people in their own area and they have 30 days to complete it so don’t have to train.”

Registration for the event will open on May 1 on the ringofkerrycycle.ie website with a registration fee of €35 plus handling fees and it’ll include a top quality T-Shirt with 170km printed on the front and back and €15 for your chosen charity.

This year’s charities include Ard Churam in Listowel, Down Syndrome Kerry, St Francis Special School, Cunamh Iveragh, Breakthrough Cancer Research, Irish Heart Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society Ireland together with the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

“Charities are very badly hit by COVID and this is a way of supporting them. The committee would like everyone to get up on their bikes during the month of June and cycle the distance in your own area for your chosen charity,” he said. “All charities will have their own iDonate page and cyclists can set up an iDonate page themselves. This event should also appeal to the corporate sector getting their employees involved for charity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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