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Packed programme for Seachtain na Gaeilge in Kerry

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Above, launching the Kerry County Council programme of events for Seachtain na Gaeilge are Moira Murrell (chief executive), Cllr Pat McCarthy (cathaoirleach) and Roibeard Ó hEartáin (Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge).

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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL has unveiled a packed programme of events and initiatives for Seachtain na Gaeilge which runs from March 1 to 17.

The local authority is promoting the use of Irish throughout the period and has announced a number of displays, competitions and community-based events, all of which is being promoted through a dedicated website,

During Seachtain na Gaeilge, Kerry County Council will be promoting the use of Irish at all of the public counters in its offices around the county and magnetic signs have been affixed to a number of council vehicles bearing the message ‘Labhair Gaeilge Linn – Seachtain na Gaeilge.’

A 20-minute bilingual flash mob presentation based on the cultural revolution leading up to 1916 has been composed and is ready-made for performance by schools, local drama societies and community groups. ‘Tobshlua 1916’ is based on orations, songs, and poetry from the period.

Kerry County Council is also inviting participation in a window display competition, ‘Comórtas na bhFuinneog’ which carries a prize fund of €1,000 and is being run in conjunction with Conradh na Gaeilge and the Chambers of Commerce in each of the four municipal districts. Window displays on an Irish language theme should be photographed and submitted via the website.

Kerry County Council’s chief executive, Moira Murrell, said it is fitting to celebrate the Gaelic Revival that took place in the period leading up to 1916 and so Kerry County Council plans to raise the profile of Irish among the public in Kerry by encouraging everyone to participate in Seachtain na Gaeilge.

“As part of our publicity drive, the public will see ‘Labhair Gaeilge Linn!’ signage on many council vehicles around Kerry and at the public counters at our offices, as well as our libraries. We are urging everyone in the county to get involved and to try a cúpla focail,” said Ms Murrell.
 


 
Above, launching the Kerry County Council programme of events for Seachtain na Gaeilge are Moira Murrell (chief executive), Cllr Pat McCarthy (cathaoirleach) and Roibeard Ó hEartáin (Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge).

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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