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Punters have fun and a few flutters at Killarney Races

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  Up to 2,000 spectators had fun and a flutter over the weekend at Oktoberfest.

Emma Enright and her daughter Emma Enright at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Just chilling…Irish National Hunt jockey Brian Cooper chilling out before racing ‘Nataniel’s Dream’ with Killian Broderick Listry taking stock of the form in the BoyleSports Handicap Hurdle at the Killarney Races Autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

FIRST FLUTTER: Placing their first bet at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday from left: Kate McCarthy Amy Turner Majella Turner and Maggie Turner. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

John and Margaret O’Brien pictured at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Enjoying themselves at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday from left: Marie O’Donoghue Finton Quinn Ruth Quinn and Ann McMahon. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Action from the Nationwide Handicap Hurdle which was won by Elite Des Mottes at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Action from the Nationwide Handicap Hurdle which was won by Elite Des Mottes at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Irish National Hunt jockey Brian Cooper chilling out before racing ‘Nataniel’s Dream’ in the BoyleSports Handicap Hurdle at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Praying for a winner… at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Irish National Hunt jockey Brian Cooper chilling out before racing ‘Nataniel’s Dream’ and Jockey Liam Paige as Killian Broderick (left) Listry taking stock of the form in the BoyleSports Handicap Hurdle at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Paul Sheahan (centre) son of the late Donie Sheahan after the poignant minute's silence in honour of his dad at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. With Paul were: Killarney Race Manager Philip O’Brien (left) and Chairman Killarney Race Course Gerald Coghlan. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Joe Fitzgerald Abbeyfeale at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Joe Fitzgerald Abbeyfeale at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

A poignant moment at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday as a minutes' silence was afforded to the late great horse racing and sporting hero Donie Sheahan Main Street Killarney who passed away last week. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Racing gets underway at the Killarney Races autumn festival on Sunday with St Mary’s Cathedral and TV crew in the background. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

The action took place at Killarney Racecourse with COVID-19 protocols swiftly amended on Thursday following updated advice from Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) in time for the weekend's action.On Saturday and Sunday, for the first time since 2019, tickets sales at the gate were permitted and walk-up patrons who were also facilitated.Races took place on Saturday at 1.25pm and at 1.10pm on Sunday with ‘Robyndeglory’ declared the winner of the Irish EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle.There was also a poignant moment on Sunday as a minute's silence was held for the late great horse racing and sporting hero, Donie Sheahan, Main Street, who passed away recently.To see more, check out Valerie O'Sullivan's photos.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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