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Rás Mumhan needs a new base – can Killarney fill the gap?

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney has a golden opportunity to stage one of the country’s biggest cycle races and the Killarney Advertiser is launching a campaign to make it happen.

This week the organisers of Kerry Group Rás Mumhan have announced they will not organise the race again in the future. A search will now begin for new race promoters.
The 20th edition of the four-day event was due to take place over its traditional date of the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, but fell foul to COVID-19 restrictions.
Prior to this year’s event the organising committee, made up mainly of Killorglin Cycling Club members, had decided to bow out and confirmed as much in a statement issued earlier this week.
'The decision to withdraw from event promotion was taken early in 2020. The intention of the organising committee was to announce the decision at the conclusion of the 2020 race, events however overtook the plan', said the statement.

After An Ras, the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan, is the second biggest cycle race in Ireland and regularly attracts entries from semi-professional and national teams.
The rights of the event is owned by Cycling Munster and the provincial governing body has now begun a search to find a replacement organising team.

While the selection process is a complicated matter, it is open to any affiliated club in Munster, and the Killarney Advertiser understands that Kerry Group would continue its sponsorship of the event if it stays in the county.

Both Tralee and Killarney Cycling Clubs are well placed to bid for the event because access to local hotels and classic mountain roads suitable for such an event are already available.

“It would be huge for the club, but it’s a big ask,” said Killarney Cycling Club member and former county champion Connor Kissane. “But if they could step up it would be unreal.”

One of the highlights of Killorglin-based Rás Mumhan was the finish line in the town centre. Thousands of fans and curious locals would gather in Killorglin to watch the spectacle.

“Most of the fans came over from Killarney for the day anyway,” added Kissane. “It would be very special to have a finish on the streets of Killarney."

HAVE YOUR SAY: Should Killarney host the 2021 Rás Mumhan? What suggestions have you for the event?

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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