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Participants from Killarney take on the Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge

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Two Killarney girls took part in the annual Gaisce Defence Forces Adventure Challenge in Athlone recently.

Defence Force Challenge Participants 2024. Photo by: Shane Barr

Participant Elizabeth Roche is presented with a Gaisce Defence Forces Certificate by Commanding Officer 2nd Brigade Artillery Regiment John Prendergast. Photo by: Shane Barr

Between June 11 and 14 a total of 28 Gaisce Bronze and Silver Award participants from across Ireland took part in four days of outdoor pursuits, boating, obstacle courses, hiking, and survival skills.

Among the young people taking part were Elizabeth Roche and Kate O’Sullivan from Killarney.

The Gaisce Award participants, aged between 15 and 17, were put through their paces by the team from Custume Barracks, Athlone, who led them through a host of adventure challenges, training and team-building exercises. This challenge completed the Bronze and Silver Adventure Journey Criteria for their Gaisce Award.

The Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge aims to provide a unique, challenging, and memorable experience that creates strong bonds between participants and provides the opportunity to develop self-sufficiency and leadership skills.

This event is a rare opportunity for young civilians to get a taste of what life is like for members of our Defence Forces and challenge themselves in a unique way.

The week kicked off for the young people with activities at the barracks before taking a rib boat to Carnagh, Co. Roscommon where they took part in fieldcraft and survival workshops.

Finally, on Friday, the participants completed their final challenge and conquered the Slieve Bán Mountains on a 10km hike.

This event has been taking place for 36 years, with Gaisce and the Defence Forces working together to provide an unforgettable and unique experience to Gaisce Participants.

The Defence Forces Challenge allows young people to learn more about themselves and explore how taking part in these activities can challenge them.

"The Defence Forces were delighted to support the 28 Gaisce students to qualify for the Bronze and Silver Adventure Journey criteria for the Gaisce award. The students showed great enthusiasm and determination in all aspects of the Defence Forces adventure challenge,” said Defence Forces Spokesperson, Commandant Joanne Naughton, Deputy Commanding Officer of 2 Brigade Artillery Regiment.

“As members of the Defence Forces, we were delighted to give the students an insight into the many capabilities the Defence Forces offer. We enjoyed working with the Gaisce team and would like to congratulate all the students on their achievements and wish them well in the future.”

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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