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Quest Kenmare kicks off the 2022 adventure season!




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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Minister passes the buck on major road upgrade

By Sean Moriarty Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Eamon Ryan has passed the buck after being challenged on why the Killarney to Farranfore road has been further delayed. Transport […]




By Sean Moriarty

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Eamon Ryan has passed the buck after being challenged on why the Killarney to Farranfore road has been further delayed.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have been putting off the revelation of the preferred route corridor for the badly needed road for months.

Elected councillors at the January meeting of the Killarney Municipal District expressed their anger after TII failed to honour a pre-Christmas promise.

In November last year the roads authority said it would put the preferred corridor on public display by the start of December.

So far, nothing has been published.

This prompted local TD Michael Healy-Rae to bring the issue to the Dáil where he asked Minister Ryan to make a statement on the delay.

However, the Minister passed the buck, saying the matter was for the TII, the very agency that has not honoured its late 2022 promise.

“As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned,” said Ryan.

“This is also subject to the Public Spending Code and the necessary statutory approvals. In this context, TII is best placed to advise you on the status of this project. Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.”

Next Friday (February 10), will mark 10 working days from the date of the statement was made.


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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Contraceptive Services in Ireland

Birth control or contraception is the use of medicines, devices, or surgery to prevent pregnancy. You can get contraception from most pharmacies in Ireland. Most contraception will need a prescription […]




Birth control or contraception is the use of medicines, devices, or surgery to prevent pregnancy.

You can get contraception from most pharmacies in Ireland. Most contraception will need a prescription from a GP but you do not need a prescription for emergency contraception or condoms.

You can get prescriptions for contraceptive drugs and devices, as well as advice about contraception from GPs, voluntary organisations and private family planning clinics. Voluntary and private family planning clinics usually have charges but may waive them or have lower fees in certain cases.

In Budget 2023 it was announced that the age range for free contraception will be extended to include women aged 16 and aged 26 to 30, from 1 September 2023. This change requires legislation.

Is contraception free in Ireland?

You can get free contraception if you are:

A woman or person with a uterus
Aged 17 to 26
Living in Ireland

What contraception costs are free for people aged 17 to 26?

Any GP appointments about your contraception options
Contraception prescriptions from your doctor (at participating pharmacies)
Emergency contraception (the morning-after-pill)
Fitting, removal and check-ups of long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs)
Other types of contraception such as contraceptive injections, implants, IUS and IUDs (coils), the contraceptive patch and contraceptive ring
Prescriptions for combined oral contraception (the daily pill)

How do I get free contraception if I am aged 17 to 26?

You do not need a medical card.
You need to book an appointment with a GP or doctor to discuss your contraception. This appointment will be free. The GP and pharmacy will ask for your:

PPS number
Date of birth

Your GP will use this information to let the pharmacy know not to charge you for your free contraception prescription. You can also collect your free contraception from some family planning clinics.

Is contraception covered by my medical card?

If you have a medical card, you get free contraceptive drugs, devices and free GP services including contraceptive advice. This also includes emergency contraception. You will have to pay a prescription charge for items you get from pharmacies under the medical card scheme.

What is the situation, if I do not have a medical card?

If you do not have a medical card, and you are not eligible for the free contraception scheme (above), you will have to pay for contraception and contraceptive services. You may be able to reduce the cost of your contraception through the Drug Payment Scheme. For example, the cost of long-acting reversible contraceptives such as the IUS (hormonal coil) or IUD (copper coil). You may also be able to claim tax relief on medical expenses.

Can I get free condoms in Ireland?

Condoms are not free under the medical card or free contraception scheme.

You can get free condoms from:
Sexual health or GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinics
Some sexual health NGOs
Many third level colleges

Where can I get emergency contraception?

Emergency contraception is a back-up contraception. You can use emergency contraception up to five days after having unprotected sex, but it is more effective the sooner you take it after unprotected sex.
You can get emergency contraception tablets (sometimes called the morning-after pill) over the counter in most pharmacies without having to go to a doctor for a prescription.

You can get free emergency contraception if:

You have a medical card, or
You are a woman or person with a uterus, aged 17 to 26 and living in Ireland

You can read more about contraception services on the HSE website:

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0818 07 7860, they will be happy to assist and make an appointment if necessary. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Alternatively you can email on or log on to for further information.

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