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Richie’s half century rowing service rewarded

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By Michelle Crean

For over 50 years one local man has been involved in rowing - and he was rewarded at the weekend for his contribution and dedication.

Flesk Valley Under 18 girls who won bronze medals at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. From l-r were: Donal Kelly Saoirse Sweeney Danielle O'Shea Eilis Mullane Caoimhe Kelly Paul Burke (Cox) and Colm Kelly (mascot).

Flesk Valley Under 14 boys who won gold and silver at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. Pictured were: Cormac Flanagan Patrick Mullane Shay McCormack Kai McManus Shane Tomlinson Hubert Sobilo Aodhagán O'Sullivan and Daniel Fennelly.

Flesk Valley Under 16 boys who won silver at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. Front: Dimitris Charalampakis and Gearoid Sugrue. Back: Jamie Daly Adam Counihan and Mark McCarthy.

Flesk Valley Under 12 girls who won gold at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. Pictured were: Órlaith O'Sullivan Siun Morrissey Roisin Rea Jennifer Rea and Blathnaid O'Connell.

Flesk Valley Under 12 boys who won gold at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. From l-r were: Aodhagán O'Sullivan Shane Tomlinson Colm and Colm Óg Ó Súillebháin Daniel Fennelly and Hubert Sobilo.

GOLD: Flesk Valley Pre-Veteran men who won gold at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. From l-r were: Donal Kelly Colm O Suillebhain Tadhg Kelly (Cox) Ger Sweeney and Peter O'Sullivan.

Richard Leane from Killarney's Flesk Valley Rowing Club, received the accolade from the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation at the weekend’s All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Ferrybank, Co. Wexford.

As an oarsman, cox, administrator, sponsor and supporter, Richie has made an immense contribution to his own club Flesk Valley but also to rowing in Killarney and Kerry, through his involvement with the Killarney Regatta and the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association.

Never one to seek the limelight, Richie is a consistent and unheralded presence behind so many rowing events in Kerry, and you never have to look too far to see the familiar stamp of Leane’s Tool Hire at so many rowing events, Donal Kelly, from Flesk Valley Rowing Club, explained.

"Nothing is ever a problem to Richie, and his easy going and obliging nature means that he can never say no when it comes to anything related to rowing!

"Richie is much-loved and highly regarded in rowing circles, but particularly in Flesk Valley where he has made an incredible contribution to the club in practically every role, and it’s fair to say that the health of the club today is in no small way due to his consistent presence and support over many years. Apart from the many practical things that Richie does for the club, his warmth and good humour are legendary, and there’s always lots of laughter in Richie’s company when the last race has ended.

Many congratulations Richie on this well-deserved honour from all at Flesk Valley Rowing Club!"

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Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]

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This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:- https://eventmaster.ie/event/dW04CnGSwV

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]

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BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.

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