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Pedal power as Ring of Kerry Cycle returns and celebrates 40 years

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The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle - which will this year run on Saturday July 2 - is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

However, this year numbers are limited to 8,000 cyclists for the first time.

Back in 1981 a small group of Killarney cyclists had an idea to cycle the Ring of Kerry to raise money for charity.

It has since grown to be Ireland's largest one day charity cycle event and has raised over €17 million for 160 charity and voluntary community organisations.

“Today the vision hasn’t changed but the enormity and success of the event has grown exponentially,” said event PRO Cathal Walshe.

“This fundraising event brings together thousands of cyclists making it a powerful and meaningful impact for people in need across our communities.”

The event has changed considerably since its foundation.

“We have come a long way from those early days when cyclists dusted off their push bikes, no helmets or lycra then, and you were doing well if you had a gear on your bike,” said Acting Chairman Tony Daly.

“Van loads of volunteers would follow and with buckets in hand they would collect up to €15,000 on the day.”

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In the past over 10,000 participants took part in the 170km event. As a result of safety concerns this has been reduced to a maximum of 8,000 this year. The restricted numbers will also allow organisers to better manage event catering.

Also, there is a significant number of registered cyclists already on the books from the deferred 2020 and 2021 events.

“We know there will be pent up demand for this year’s cycle, so it will be a case of 'the early bird catches the worm’ so cyclists need to be on the ready when registration opens at 12 noon on Valentine’s Day!” Cathal said.

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The six charities to benefit from this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle have been named.

Breakthrough Cancer Research and the Irish Community Air Ambulance are the two main beneficiary charities chosen this year.

Local charities are: Ard Chúram Dementia Centre Listowel; Banna Rescue C.R.B.I Unit; Cúnamh Iveragh Respite Home for adults with special needs and Down Syndrome Kerry.

“We hope we can raise a €1,000,000 for the nominated charities,” Tony said. “The cycling community of Kerry and beyond are so thrilled and so looking forward to coming back and feeling the energy and excitement of the day. It is always such a special time, perhaps best described as a carnival for cyclists and their families and the many volunteers who gather year after year to be part of this great day.”

The registration fee for 2022 is €100 plus a 3.5% service fee.

For more information or to register visit: www.ringofkerrycycle.ie.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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