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Races ensure a massive €8m boost for Killarney




KILLARNEY Races are now worth nearly €8 million to the local economy and the company that organises the three yearly festivals insists that the estimate is on the conservative side.

Hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, bars, shops and transport service providers all report a boom during the races in May, July and August, in addition to fashion houses and hair and beauty professionals who enjoy a huge spin-off from the Queen of Fashion event in July and Ladies Day in August.

An extra day of racing was added in July – bringing the total number to 12 in the year – and a whopping €1.5 million in prizemoney was on offer for the 2018 season.

“The hope is to increase this next year, along with adding new dates to our already busy calendar,” said Killarney Race Company Chairman, Gerard Coughlan.

He said attendances for the three festivals was hugely encouraging and he thanked all patrons and sponsors who supported the races.

“We went out on a real high with a 15 per cent increase in attendance last Saturday, the closing day of the August Festival, bringing a very successful year on the track to a wonderful climax.

“Despite the drought, the course was in pristine condition for all three festivals and we would like to compliment course supervisor, Padraig Bruton, and his team for their great work,” Mr Coughlan stated.

Killarney is unique in Irish Racing in that it hosts two separate Ladies Day events. This year marked Dawn Milk’s 25th consecutive year associated with Killarney Racecourse through Queen of Fashion sponsorship in July and a new sponsor joined this year for the August Ladies Day with Simply Suits of Killarney and Cork coming on board.

Another big attraction this year was the arrival at the track, by helicopter, of newly crowned Rose of Tralee, Kirstin Mate Maher, who was making the first public appearance of her 12-month reign presenting the Killarney Advertiser Handicap winners

In keeping with the company’s customer care policy, a complimentary return shuttle bus service from the town centre to the track and back was very well received by racegoers and it assisted greatly with the overall traffic management plan in place in the town.

Behind the scenes, a new addition this year was the provision of ice baths for the competing jockeys and they were absolutely delighted with that facility.

On the racing front, there were a number of notable performers with a potential superstar winning his maiden in Killarney in July. Anthony Van Duck won by eight lengths and he has followed up since with wins in a Group 3 and, most recently, a Group 2 at the Curragh. Anthony Van Dyck is also the current ante-post favourite for the 2019 Epsom Derby.

Another impressive winner in Killarney in July was Wicklow Brave who went on to win in Galway before returning to the August festival to win again.

Peregrine Run won in Killarney in July 2017 and followed that a year and a month later to win the feature race last Saturday. Camlann, meanwhile, won in Killarney in July and followed up with a victory at the Galway festival while Espere won in Killarney in May and also tasted success in Galway.

Lizzies Champ finished second in Killarney in July and went on to win in Galway.

“Killarney has unearthed some notable performers in the past along with some household names such as Derby winner Wings of Eagles and we hope that many more superstars will perform at the track in years to come,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Peter O’Reilly.

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The Michael Commins Country Shows are Killarney bound

The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30. For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences […]




The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30.

For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences in Galway and Mayo and this marks the first time they have travelled outside the western province.

Well known promoter, Tom Kelly from Ballina, who was manager of Brendan Grace for 27 years, and who also promotes the concerts of Johnny McEvoy, Mike Denver, Isla Grant, Dan McCabe and others, noticed the market for these country shows in recent years.

“The response of audiences to the Michael Commins Shows in the Salthill and Clayton Hotels in Galway and also in Claremorris and Westport has been phenomenal and I realised right away that these shows would have huge appeal outside the province,” Tom Kelly said.

“Where better a place to start outside of Connacht than in the famous Gleneagle INEC, the heart of Irish tourism and a huge venue for Country Music down through the years. We are being inundated with requests for tickets for both shows with people travelling to Kerry from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland, with some making the journey from England and Scotland and America as well.”

Michael is a journalist, radio and TV presenter from Mayo who for four decades has been promoting traditional Country Music across the western province and around the country through his newspaper columns.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including his great and cherished friend, the late Big Tom, along with a host of Irish singers as well as Leona Williams (ex-wife of Merle Haggard) and John Rex Reeves, nephew of the legendary Jim Reeves.

His concert shows have been described by Waterford singer, Paddy O’Brien, as the “most unique, authentic, down-to-earth and homely” country shows on the island of Ireland. The Killarney nights look set to deliver in style on Paddy’s summation of these amazing shows.


The show on Monday August 29, features Brendan Shine, Gerry Guthrie, Art Supple, Tony Kerr, Louise Morrissey, Lisa Stanley, PJ Murrihy, Matt Keane, Olivia Douglas, Aisling Rafferty, Ross Molloy, Paudie McAuliffe, Gavin Gribben, Noreen Ashe, and the Ryan Turner Band.

The Tuesday night sees another brilliant line-up featuring John Glenn, Declan Nerney, Sandy Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, Eddie Lee, Annmarie O’Riordan, Thomas McBride, Pat McKenna, Muriel O’Connor and Fran Curry, Mick Mulhern, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Aoife Leonard, Matthew O’Donnell, Kevin Prendergast, Richard Mulligan, the Ryan Turner Band and Billy Condon.

Tickets are selling fast and are now available from the Gleneagle INEC box office (064 6671555),, and from Patsy on 086 1551841.

And the Killarney Advertiser has two pairs of tickets for the Michael Commins Country Shows up for grabs.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets just answer the following question in the comments section by heading over to our Facebook page:

Name one of the female artists on the Michael Commins Concert Shows?

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Beaufort GAA launch car raffle fundraiser

By Sean Moriarty Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch. The club took delivery of the new car this […]




By Sean Moriarty

Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch.

The club took delivery of the new car this week and the first tickets for the raffle were sold at Puck Fair.

Tickets are available from any member of Beaufort GAA at a cost of €25 each or three for €60.

The growing club needs new winter training facilities for its men’s, ladies and juvenile teams.

“We found that our current pitch was getting badly cut up in the winter and autumn and felt this new all-weather was the way to go,” club chairman, Neil Doherty, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We started selling this week at Puck and so far the response has been very good.”

Ticket will remain on sale until next year with a draw date set for around Easter time.

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