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Quest Kenmare kicks off the 2022 adventure season!

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More than 1,200 adventurer racers braved the wind and rain in Kenmare on Saturday for the welcome return of Quest Kenmare, the first Quest Adventure Race of 2022.

Elite Winner Ellen Vitting.

Elite Winner Niall David.

Stunning views were enjoyed at Quest Kenmare 2022.

A happy adventurer scaling Esk Mountain.

Cycling and running around the stunning backdrops of Molls Gap, Bonane Heritage Park, Esk Mountain and Kenmare town, participants competed in three routes: the 28km Challenge, 43km Sport and 79km Expert route.

Despite adverse weather conditions, racers clearly enjoyed the day and were delighted to be back – and got into the rhythm with a starting send off from Nick Bailey Drums. This is the first time Quest Kenmare has been able to take place since 2019, and its absence has been keenly felt by adventure racers. The event was a super-fast sell-out as people grabbed the opportunity to get outdoors, take part in adventure events, and soak up some of the best scenery in the country.

Winners of the Expert route were Niall Davis and local woman Ellen Vitting, who defended her title successfully from 2019. Winners of the Sport route were Paul O’Brien and Niamh Cleary. Winners of the Challenge route were Brian Haugh and Aileen Crowley.

Race Organiser, Oliver Kirwan, said the continued post-pandemic popularity of the event is testament to people’s love for Kenmare and adventure racing. 

“We have some fantastic events across Ireland in the Quest Adventure Series, and the Ring of Beara Cycle also held from Kenmare. We are delighted to be able to return to Kenmare for our first adventure race of 2022, and it’s a great feeling to see everyone taking up the challenge and enjoying themselves again.

“We've been working with lots of people locally to make sure the event is challenging and fun. Residents and local businesses have yet again offered amazing support. The feedback from participants has been very positive and we certainly plan to be back in 2023. I’d like to thank KMEG and all the volunteers who came and stuck out the bad weather and gave up their valuable time to make the event possible.”

Jerry O’Sullivan of Kenmare Marketing and Events Group (KMEG) said, "Kenmare is excited to welcome back Quest competitors and visitors".

"It is fitting that our traditional first event of the year will again welcome in a new era of tourism and events in Kenmare. Quest competitors were able to enjoy the wonderful outdoors and everyone can enjoy the excellent restaurants, bars shops and friendly atmosphere Kenmare has to offer."

Quest Kenmare and Elite Event Management are grateful for the support for this event from main Quest Adventure Series sponsor Volvo Ireland Cars, official snack partner All Real, event partners Nuasan, MCG Kayaks and Gnarly Peaks, and the ongoing partnership of Kenmare Marketing and Events Group.

Quest Kenmare will be back in 2023 with a provisional date of Saturday, March 11.

Race Results

Expert full results

1st male – Niall Davis (3:16:49)               1st female – Ellen Vitting (3:37:34)
2nd male – Sebastian Giraud (3:22:27)   2nd female – Laura O’Driscoll (3:54:49)
3rd male – Darren Quinn (3:24:36)          3rd female – Nuala Cronin (4:18:54)

Sport full results

1st male – Paul O’Brien (1:49:07)            1st female – Niamh Cleary (2:07:11)
2nd male – Bernard Smyth (1:49:40)       2nd female – Geraldine Gilheary (2:12:13)
3rd male – Bryan Renton (1:50:45)          3rd female – Denise Molloy (2:13:38)

Challenge full results

1st male – Brian Haugh (1:11:54)             1st female – Aileen Crowley (1:20:50)
2nd male – William Twomey (1:12:39)      2nd female – Geraldine Breen (1:20:51)
3rd male – Graham Guilfoyle (1:16:25)     3rd female – Susan Lowe Cotter (1:24:47)

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Promoting Killarney as a business and conference destination

Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences. The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention […]

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Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences.

The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention Centre attended IMEX Frankfurt 2024 in Germany this week to promote the island of Ireland for corporate meetings and incentive travel ~

Tourism Ireland – together with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland, as part of the ‘Meet in Ireland’ team – is showcasing Ireland as a world-class Business Events destination to thousands of buyers who organise international meetings and incentive travel.

IMEX Frankfurt is one of the leading global exhibitions for Business Events i.e., the corporate meetings, events and incentive travel industry. Thirty-five tourism companies specialising in Business Events from around the island of Ireland – including The Europe Hotel & Resort and Killarney Convention Centre were on the ‘Meet in Ireland’ stand at IMEX.

Around 1,900 commercial meetings will be conducted with global meeting and incentive travel planners this week, which will, in turn, deliver Business Events for Ireland from around the world worth millions of euro in 2024 and beyond. Tourism Ireland’s goal is to enable thousands of commercial Business Events meetings this year – connecting our tourism partners from Ireland with overseas buyers to grow Business Events and support businesses across the island.
According to the latest CSO figures for overseas tourism, Ireland welcomed almost 1 million Business Tourists, for the 12 months from April 2023 to March 2024.

“IMEX Frankfurt is a key event in the industry calendar and an extremely important platform for us to promote the island of Ireland as a premier destination for Business Events. Business travel is high value and often midweek and off season by its nature, thereby aligning with Tourism Ireland’s strategy to grow overseas tourism revenue outside of the peak summer season,” said, Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said:

“We are delighted to have 35 tourism companies from across the island of Ireland with us at this year’s IMEX Frankfurt. They’re engaging in almost 1,900 commercial meetings and showcasing the best of Ireland to influential meeting and incentive travel planners from around the world.”

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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