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Pigs Lane – Killarney’s first underground bar with plenty of surprises in store

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A unique new bar has just opened beneath the well-trodden streets of Killarney. Pig’s Lane on College Street, is the town’s first underground drinks spot offering hand-crafted cocktails designed by a world champion mixologist; sustainably selected natural, regenerative and vegan wines; locally sourced snacks and small plates; a whiskey parlour; and live music from both well-known and up-and-coming artists. 

Making its opening debut earlier this month, the subterranean venue has been developed by the innovative and sustainably-minded family-run team behind the award-winning Café du Parc, The Tan Yard and O’Donoghue Public House – the O’Donoghue Ring Collection.

Pig’s Lane is a nod to the former name of the original site on which the new bar now stands. In the early 1900’s, Pig’s Lane ran from college street through Railway Road.

Enter through the striking, lamp-lit arched doorway and descend the dramatic tiled staircase reminiscent of underground railways of old, into the beautifully crafted subterranean bar. Designed with quality, provenance and creativity in mind, every element of the new venue – from the reclaimed décor to the delicious drinks and dishes – adds another layer of enjoyment and intrigue to any evening.

Behind the scenes, drinks aficionado Ariel Sanecki, the newly appointed Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection, has poured his years of experience competing in (and winning) cocktail competitions across the world into creating a meticulously crafted cocktail menu. A veritable showcase of the best Irish spirits and liquor is accompanied by locally sourced, seasonal fruit and herb garnishes and signature homemade syrups.

Groups of four or more can gather around gorgeous antiquated punch bowls and feel immersed in the time-honoured art of sipping and sharing libations containing local spirits, cold brew herbal teas and refreshing hints of fruit.

Meanwhile, a unique wine list has been lovingly curated from a selection of natural, biodynamic, and sustainable varieties specifically sourced from small producers committed to nurturing the environment through every drop they create.  Wines from Romania, Crete, Czech Republic, and Lebanon, promise to take wine enthusiasts on a journey beyond traditional terroirs and contribute towards a wine list that is working towards reducing C02 emissions and a greener future.

Uncover the hidden whiskey parlour – a distiller’s den lined with more than 120 rare quality bottles sourced from the best producers and collectors internationally. Whilst the finest Scotch, Japanese and Bourbon bottles have their place, the focus is on premium Irish whiskeys with plenty of exclusive and rare releases to be discovered.

Newly appointed Group Development Chef Janice Casey Brackens has used her passion for provenance to create a menu of snacks and small plates combining the freshest of ingredients sourced from local and Irish suppliers, along with the group’s innovative Killarney Urban Farm located right next door. These tempting sidekicks provide the perfect accompaniment to any drinks order.

Music moves with the mood with a diverse mix of genres to suit all tastes. The eclectic and versatile house playlist sets an ambient tone as you sip, savour and mingle with friends, whilst well-known artists, bands and DJ’s are bringing their live acts underground for some intimate performances.

Open seven days a week from 5pm, Pig’s Lane has arrived just in time to provide a one-of-a-kind hideaway for the darker months ahead.

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Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]

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The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”

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