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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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