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Above: Members of Portmagee Rowing Club, Co Kerry, training for The All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships which will be hosted by Donegal Bay Rowing Club, at The Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, this weekend, Friday, August 12, to Sunday, August 16. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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ALL eyes may have been on the Olympics at the weekend as high winds meant Sunday’s rowing events were postponed at the Lagoa Stadium in Rio, but conditions were perfect in Kerry as members of Portmagee Rowing Club got some training in ahead of the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships.

The eagerly anticipated championships will take place at The Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, this weekend. Donegal Bay Rowing Club is hosting the event, as 2700 rowers will descent on the magnificent Wild Atlantic ways oldest town in Ireland.

Donegal town will also be celebrating its inaugural Donegal Bay Maritime Festival.

More than 500 rowing crews from Cork, Kerry, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Antrim, Belfast, Donegal, will each be competing for medals and a trophies, in the most coveted of rowing championships.

The opening ceremony and association awards will take place in Surfers Bar at the Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh, at 7.30pm on the Friday evening.

Leading adventurer, endurance athlete and mountaineer Jason Black will be the guest speaker.

Event PRO Mary B Teahan, said: “It is so fantastic to see a new club like Donegal Bay Rowing Club, hosting this years event. Competitors from along our Wild Atlantic Way from Cork to Donegal, from Wexford to Antrim will be participating in this year’s championships.”

The type of boat used in the Coastal Rowing Championships is called a “one design”.
 


 
Above: Members of Portmagee Rowing Club, Co Kerry, training for The All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships which will be hosted by Donegal Bay Rowing Club, at The Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, this weekend, Friday, August 12, to Sunday, August 16; stroke, David Hussey, Fergus Keating, Madie Taylor and Thomas Hussey. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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