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Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle aims to raise €1m




By Michelle Crean

Participants gearing up for this year's Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle will be delighted to hear that registration opens next week.

Last year the popular cycle was back after a two year hiatus with 6,000 cyclists raising a whopping €914,000 for 34 Irish charities and voluntary organisations.

And it's hoped that they'll do it all again on Saturday, July 1 when they take part in the 175km cycle which starts and ends in Killarney. The aim this year is to do better than 2022 and raise in excess of €1m.

Registration for this year's cycle will open via next Wednesday (March 1).

The main charities chosen this year include; Breakthrough Cancer Research, Comfort for Chemo, Kerry Mountain Rescue, National Breast Cancer Research, Valentia Hospital, Irish Community Air Ambulance. Other local and important charities include; Killarney Water Rescue, South West Counselling Services, Recovery Haven, Saoirse Foundation/BUMBLEance, Cliona’s Foundation and AK Inspired (Muscular Dystrophy).

Since the event's inception in 1982, close to €18m has been raised making a powerful and meaningful difference to the people who need it most.

According to John Rice, Chairman of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle (ROKCC), the main purpose is to fundraise and give back to communities.

"We are a non-profit organisation. It is not a race, nor is it an event for cyclists looking to set a new PB (Personal Best) time for the Ring of Kerry, of course it is for cycling enthusiasts as it is for newcomers to long distance cycling who want to make a difference, make a sacrifice, prepare for the challenge and give back to a charity or voluntary organisation that is important in their own lives.”

The scenery along the route is beyond spectacular. Vistas of the Atlantic Ocean will accompany you for nearly 100kms of the route from Glenbeigh to Kenmare and the most welcome views of all are that of the MacGillycuddy Reeks that will accompany you for your descent back to Killarney. More than one thousand volunteers comprising of medics, marshals and teams of people manning the water and food stations ensure participants safety and sustenance.

Fundraising Manager for Breakthrough Cancer Research, Eoghan O’Sullivan said “to be selected once again as a beneficiary charity is a huge win" for the charity.

"Thanks to the generous support of the public and the ROKCC we have invested millions in cancer research, funding the development of new treatments and diagnostics for cancer which has already led to eight new treatments progressing to clinical trial. Funds raised from the ROKCC 2023 will help fund two exciting new projects in breast and oesophageal (food pipe) cancers and ultimately helping us in our mission to make more survivors.”

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Killarney to feature on TG4’s Country Music show

By Sean Moriarty A song about Killarney – once made famous by local Country Music hero Dermot Moriarty – will feature on TG4 tomorrow night (Tuesday). The second series of […]




By Sean Moriarty

A song about Killarney – once made famous by local Country Music hero Dermot Moriarty – will feature on TG4 tomorrow night (Tuesday).

The second series of the Irish channel’s County Music show ‘Viva Ceol Tire’, which highlights emerging Country Music talent in Ireland, airs every Tuesday night at 9.30pm.

The next programme will feature Donegal singer David James’ version of ‘Oh Killarney’.

The programme was filmed entirely on location in Killarney including Torc Waterfall, Ladies View Moll’s Gap and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

“The song was written by Dennis Allen. However, it was a hit for Dermot Moriarty in the 1980s. The first time I heard it I loved it and I was thrilled with the reaction my version has got,” James, who is from the small village of Killean in Donegal, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s pretty rural but I love it. I’ll be in Country Music 10 years this May. My first gig was in the local GAA hall for my aunt’s 50th birthday. I was 14 and I’ve been at it ever since.”



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Five questions to ask yourself before buying a stock

By Michael O’Connor, When it comes to investing, nothing is certain. There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy. […]




By Michael O’Connor,

When it comes to investing, nothing is certain.

There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy.

The truth is, investing is hard, and building a portfolio of top stocks that beat the market is something that even financial professionals have trouble doing consistently.

For most people, investing in index funds is the perfect hands-off approach, providing broad exposure to the stock market at a very low fee. Even my own personal portfolio is made up of roughly 70% ETFs despite the fact I invest in the market for a living.

But I believe some stock picking is a good strategy for many hands-on people.

Taking a small portion of your overall portfolio and diligently selecting a small number of companies to invest in gives you an opportunity to learn about the investing process and fully understand the businesses you are investing in, which helps to build conviction in your positions.

From a psychological standpoint “collector’s instinct” kicks in, enabling people to participate and invest more money over time.

Lastly, for Irish investors, there are tax benefits to consider. If you invest in individual stocks, you are taxed at the CGT rate of 33%, and the first €1,270 of your gains are exempt from CGT each year. When investing in index funds or ETFs, you are taxed at the exit tax rate of 41% with no annual exemption.

For those interested in picking individual stocks, here are five questions you should ask yourself before investing in any company.

Do I understand the business?

Too many people invest in businesses they don’t understand because it ‘sounds good’. If you have no idea how the company works, you won’t have the conviction needed to hold onto the stock when an inevitable downturn comes.

Can the balance sheet withstand severe, temporary adversity?

This seems obvious, but so many people invest in companies without understanding how much money a company holds and who they owe money to. Economic cycles are guaranteed. You must ensure that the company has enough cash-on-hand to avoid becoming obsolete when activity slows.

Will the company benefit from long-term trends?

Make sure the company will remain relevant into the future. If the stock is cheap now, it may be cheap for a reason.

Is the company enjoying profitable growth?

Not growth at all costs, but a combination of sustainable growth and value. All this information can be found online at sites like

What are the risk factors?

Is the company trying something new and untested? If yes, who are its competitors and how successful are they? If other players are more established, this company may have a tough time breaking into the market.


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