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Plaza’s Saddle to Spa package first of its kind in Killarney

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A local hotel has come up with a new and unique opportunity to experience the park while horse trekking - and it's the first of its kind in Killarney.

The Killarney Plaza’s Saddle to Spa package includes a luxurious two night stay with horse trekking followed by a hot stone massage and a three course meal in the Tan Yard.

It's best shared with friends or that special someone to explore the National Park landscape on horseback in this truly innovative experience.

When finished the horse trek, step into relaxation at the Spa at the Killarney Plaza, a tranquil oasis designed to nourish the soul where wellness is drawn from the surrounding landscape of the park. Unravel and soothe body, mind and soul with its smooth energy - releasing hot volcanic stone massage. Enjoy the gulfstream hydrotherapy pool with multi-jets of water to massage key points of the body as well as their relaxation garden where light refreshments will be served.

Savour a three course meal on one evening of your choice at The Tan Yard restaurant. Indulge in a curated dining experience, inspired by the tan yards of old, with a menu that celebrates the land through high quality produce and local ingredients. Drift off to sleep in luxurious bedrooms after a full day well spent.

A full continental breakfast is included on both mornings as well as access to the Killarney Plaza Leisure Centre and pool.

For further information on this truly unique experience, visit www.killarneyplaza.com or call the Killarney Plaza on 064 66 21111.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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