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CYCLE: Representatives of this year's main charities at the launch of The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2019, at Muckross Gardens, Killarney. Back row from left: Evelyn Goggin (Cœnamh Iveragh), Marisa Reidy (Recovery Haven), MichŽeal O Muircheartaigh (Sports Commentator and Kerry Parents & Friends), Sean Heaphy (Aras Mhuire Nursing Home). Front row: Eoghan O'Sullivan (Breakthrough Cancer Research) and Vera O'Leary (Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

 

Ireland’s largest single day charity fundraising event is back - the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle - and registration is now open.

This year’s theme is #ExperienceTheFeeling and cyclists will be raising funds for six carefully selected charities in Ireland.

And to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the 175kmcycle, places are limited to 8,000.

Every year, the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle opens an application process for several charities to apply and become a beneficiary charity for the event.

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is delighted to welcome some familiar faces and some new faces this year, all of whom will hugely benefit from the donations raised for new equipment to help patients, funding for staff and building extensions for special facilities etc.

Aras Mhuire Nursing Home, Cúnamh Iveragh, Breakthrough Cancer Research, Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre, Recovery Haven – Cancer Support House and St Mary’s of Angels.

There are also an additional five charities who will be allocated funds from the registration proceeds; Camphill Community Dingle, Brú Columbanus, Cork, Ard Curam (Day Care Centre), Southwest Counselling Centre and the National Rehabilitation Centre Dublin.

 “I am delighted to be working with the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle this year,” Bridget McGuire, Chairperson for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, said.

“For the past 36 years, it has been a significant charity fundraising event and I know it holds a special place in the hearts of Kerry people. After raising over €1 million last year, our goal for 2019 is to continue to raise as much money as possible for our six new charities. We’re encouraging everyone to experience and participate in this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle in some way - whether it’s participating in the cycle, volunteering, working with the charities involved or supporting the event on the day.”

The registration fee for 2019 is €100 plus a 3.5 percent service fee. Cyclists can choose to fundraise for their selected charity through the online fundraising platform, Everyday Hero, or sponsorship cards. The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle official merchandise includes a jersey or neck buff, both of which can be pre-ordered online.

For more information and to register visit, www.ringofkerrycycle.ie.

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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