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Over 10,000 to cycle at 35th Ring of Kerry




The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is celebrating 35 years as Ireland’s largest one-day charity fundraising event. Taking place on Saturday, July 7, registration for the charity cycle will open on March 10 and the event is expected to see 10,000 recreational cyclists take part, with a small number of locals readying their High Nelly vintage bikes for the cycle again this year.

Cyclists signing up to complete the scenic 175 km fun cycle will be raising money for 14 carefully selected main beneficiary charities this year and choosing one to fundraise for. 30 additional charities associated with the event are also allocated funds from the registration proceeds. Funds raised to date have contributed towards new hospital extensions, special needs facilities, care for the elderly, suicide prevention, sea and mountain rescue, cancer, kidney, end of life support and more.

The main beneficiary charities chosen this year has expanded from 10 to 14 to include national charities such as Pieta House, the Irish Kidney Association and Enable Ireland, all of whom do compelling work for communities across Munster and Ireland.

The 2018 Main Beneficiary Charities can be categorised into disability support services, cancer and family support services and community as follows:

Disability Support Services

  • Buy a Bus Campaign - Kerry Parent & Friends Association
  • Down Syndrome Ireland
  • Enable Ireland
  • Irish Kidney Association
  • St Mary of the Angels (intellectual disability residential care)

Cancer & Family Support Services

  • Breakthrough Cancer Research
  • Bru Columbanus (family accommodation for seriously ill)
  • Kerry Hospice Foundation

Community Care

  • Baile Mhuire
  • Caherciveen Social Services
  • Irish Community Rapid Response
  • KDYS (helping young people reach their potential by equipping them to become stronger and more resilient with skills which last a lifetime)
  • Pieta House
  • St Joseph’s Home, Killorglin

“With 35 years of experience behind us, our goal for 2018 is to help people make the most of their achievements by creating a fun and inclusive event and giving them more choice in charities to support,” said Tony Daly, Chairman of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. “Our main beneficiary charities have expanded this year from 10 to 14 and include national and local charities who do great work in the communities but need our help to continue. We are looking forward to welcoming all 14 charities, our many cyclists and invaluable volunteers in July to celebrate 35 years of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.”

The registration fee for 2018 is €100 plus a 3.5% service fee. Cyclists can choose to fundraise for their selected charity through an online fundraising page with Everyday Hero or sponsorship cards. Cyclists can pre-order their official Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle jerseys at registration.

“There are many great projects and initiatives which will benefit from funds raised and if you choose to fundraise, every euro will go directly to your chosen charity,” added Cathal Walshe, PRO of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. “Registrations will take place on a first come, first served basis and we are encouraging all participants to keep an eye on our social channels for regular updates including preparation tips and how your fundraising efforts are positively affecting the charities involved.”

Registration for this years event on the opens at 8am tomorrow (Saturday) on the cycle website. When registering, cyclists will have a opportunity to select a charity to cycle for by clicking the appropriate button. Having done so one can then opt to request a sponsorship card or alternatively make online donation through EveryDayHero.

The process is straightforward, much like booking a concert/airline ticket. So make sure to get in and register.

For more information see:

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Facebook - @RingofKerryCharityCycle

Instagram - @RingofKerryCycle

Twitter - @RingOKerryCycle



Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]





Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.


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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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