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Over €53,000 donated to Kenmare and Castletownbere charities



CHARITY CHEQUE: A cheque for €53,915 raised from this year's Ring of Beara Cycle was presented to charities in the Brooklane Hotel, Kenmare last Wednesday. 


The Ring of Beara Cycle Committee has presented cheques to six local charities who are benefitting from this year’s event. Volunteers who helped organise and run the event were also praised for their commitment and community spirit.

Castletownbere Community Hospital, Castletownbere Day Care Centre, Kenmare Family Resource Centre, Kenmare Special Olympics, Kenmare Special Needs Group, and St John of God Services Kenmare were on hand to receive their donations totalling €53,915 from the Ring of Beara Organising Committee.

The Ring of Beara Cycle took place on Saturday, May 25 when the people of Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula welcomed more than 4400 cyclists from all over Ireland and around the globe for the popular event.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the local people, businesses and organisations whose help went a long way in ensuring the event’s success,” Mickey Ned O’Sullivan, Chairperson of the Ring of Beara Organising Committee, said.

“We are thrilled to donate €53,915 and give something back to the local charities which I hope will help them continue with the excellent work they do for their local communities in Kenmare and Castletownbere.”

Darren Lynch, Member of the Ring of Beara Cycle Organising Committee added that he would like to thank all the volunteers without whom this event would not be possible. “Because of their hard work along with the cyclists we are very pleased to be in a position to make a difference to local charities,” he said.

“Castletownbere Community Hospital provide such a vital service to the local community here in West Cork. We are all looking forward to next year’s event already and being able to contribute again to local charities.”

The Ring of Beara Cycle 2020 will take place on May 23, 2020 – with entries going on general sale on Wednesday, September 25. Past-participants will have access to a pre-sale on Tuesday 24. The event sold out in less than 24 hours last year. Cyclists will experience the magnificent scenery of the mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula, as well as the famed local hospitality.

Cyclists pass through picturesque and quaint towns, including Ardgroom, Eyeries, Allihies, Castletownbere, Adrigole and Glengarriff. Participants will enjoy music, food and chat at the fully stocked food stations dotted along the routes.

The event will finish with a great party atmosphere and superb facilities including hot food, hot tubs, massage, entertainment and finishers’ medal for all cyclists.

If you would like to volunteer for the event please contact

For more information please visit more information contact Annette Grealish annette@eliteevents.ieor 087 6024621




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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]




There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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Jim awarded for life-long service to the community

By Michelle Crean Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community. Jim […]




By Michelle Crean

Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community.

Jim received the O’Shea Award for 2022 at a meeting of Directors of Listry Community Council held on September 21.

Jim has been involved in Athletics from a very early age both as a competitor and administrator.

He was very much involved with Community Games in Milltown/Listry as organiser and coach. He was also involved with the Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club since its foundation.

Over the years Jim has competed in athletic events, mainly high jump and long jump, both in Ireland and abroad.

Recently he travelled to Derby in the UK in the British Masters Championship and won Gold in the 100 metres and Long Jump and finished second in the High Jump.

Jim, who is a very modest man, was actively involved with Listry Community Council as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for his commitment to keeping our community litter free by organising a number of litter picking days each year.

Always interested in fitness, Jim often came along to the Listry Seniors Social day and led the group in gentle exercises.

“Jim is a very worthy recipient of the O’Shea Award 2022 and we thank him for a lifetime of service to others,” Tony Darmody, Chairman, said.

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