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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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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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