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Quest Killarney to welcome over 2000 participants

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Over 2000 participants are expected to take part in Quest Killarney today (Saturday).
Starting and finishing at the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney, this epic adventure race involves competitors running, cycling and kayaking across Killarney’s National Park taking in spectacular locations such as the Gap of Dunloe, Molls Gap, Black Valley, Ring of Kerry, Torc Waterfall, Devil’s Punchbowl, Mangerton Mountain and Muckross House.
“We are delighted to finish the Quest Series for the year in Killarney, it’s our biggest and best event and we’re very excited to be able to welcome more than 2000 adventure racers to town,” Oliver Kirwan, Director, said.
“Now in its ninth year, it’s a great event for businesses in Killarney as many of the participants bring friends and family that support local businesses throughout the weekend. We couldn’t carry off the event without the support of our local stakeholders, residents, the Gardaí and the National Parks. I’d like to thank them all for their ongoing support. The whole team at Quest is looking forward to welcoming all those taking part and we want to wish them the best of luck, enjoy the day and the craic at the after-party!”
Road users are being asked to be aware of large groups of cyclists travelling between the Gleneagle Hotel and the Gap of Dunloe from 7.30am to 11am. Please note the Muckross and Dinis Trail will be closed from 9am to 11.30am and Lord Brandon’s Cottage to N71 on the Kerry Way track will be closed from 8am to 2.30pm.
 
2020 Dates
 
Dates for all the Quest events in 2020 have been confirmed with all going on sale tomorrow (Saturday) for those who want to start planning their year ahead.
Dates for 2020 are: Quest Kenmare – March 7, Quest Glendalough – April 4, Quest Wales – June 20 (already open for registration), Quest Lough Derg – September 12 and Quest Killarney – October 10.
“2019 has been a fantastic year for us, we introduced a new event in September, Quest Lough Derg, which saw over 1500 participants take to the banks of Lough Derg and surrounding area. It also involved the construction of Ireland’s largest pontoon which we erected across the Shannon between Ballina Co. Tipperary and Killaloe Co. Clare! The event was a huge success and we have had wonderful feedback; we are delighted to confirm it will return again as part of our 2020 series. We’re really looking forward to 2020, we are continuously working on new events and we are planning to expand the series to include exciting new locations which will be announced later in the year.”
For more information contact annette@eliteevents.ie or 087 2026679.
 
Keep an eye on social media and
www.questadventureseries.com for further details of new events and updates on 2020.
 
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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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