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RAIN DIDN’T DAMPEN SPIRITS FOR THE 10TH RING OF BEARA CYCLE

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Heavy rain didn’t dampen spirits for the return of the tenth Ring of Beara Cycle on Saturday as 4,500 cyclists completed the 110km and 140km routes starting and finishing in Kenmare and circling the best of Cork’s Beara Peninsula

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. Despite the rain, cyclists reported enjoying stunning scenery through the idyllic villages of Ardgroom, Allihies, Castletownbere, Glengarriff and Eyeries and commended organisers on their handling of the event in such adverse conditions.

Several charities and community groups are set to benefit from this year’s Ring of Beara Cycle, with an estimated total of €50,000 to be distributed amongst deserving groups. Since its inception, the Ring of Beara Cycle has donated over €450,000 to local charities.

In addition to the adults’ cycle, a popular part of the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Kids’ Cycle. This fun event is free for kids between in third and fifth classes, and around 200 children took part this year to complete a 2km loop route of Kenmare Town and a shorter route for tinier tots, meeting to cross the line together and receive their finishers’ medals.

Another key initiative this year for children was the Ring of Beara Cycle’s support for the Cycle Right programme in local Cork and Kerry schools to help get kids up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices. Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, the delivery of which is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free thanks to generous sponsorship by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee.

The Ring of Beara Cycle was also delighted to introduce Recovery Sunday this year for the first time.

A post-event relaxation opportunity the day after the cycle to aid participants’ recovery, it took place on Kenmare Pier on Sunday morning, offering a space for yoga, stretching, sea swimming, a recovery bike ride, coffee and catch-up.

This was a free event and proved extremely popular with participants, encouraging them to stay longer in Kenmare to enjoy the activities.
The Ring of Beara Cycle delivers the busiest weekend of the year to the Peninsula, with the influx of riders and their supporters resulting in over 8,000 bed-nights locally, local job sustainability, and contributing over €5 million in direct expenditure to the local economy.

A huge thank you from the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee is extended to local organisations, community groups and sports clubs who helped with the marshalling of the event, the food stops and at the finish line, in addition to everyone who came out to support and welcome the cyclists.

The Ring of Beara Cycle is already looking forward to holding this event again next year, with a provisional date of Saturday, May 24 2025. Participants can complete the route on electric bikes, or indeed any type of bike they like!

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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