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Rás Mumhan rolls into town this weekend




Killarney will host a stage start in the Dornan Rás Mumhan which takes place over the Easter weekend.

The cycle race, one of the biggest in the country, runs from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The race will see the very best of Ireland’s cyclists take to the start, as well as several teams from the UK, all looking to challenge themselves in what is becoming one of Ireland’s premium stage races.

Building on the success of the last two years, this year's edition retains the same routes for stages 2, 3 and 4 as the 2023 edition with a new structure on the opening day, comprising of Stage 1A, s Team Time Trial (TTT) and Stage 1B road stage from Castleisland to Knocknagoshel.

The TTT will present a new challenge to riders as they will need to work together in the 8km TT to secure their standings in the General classification going into the 4 road stages.

Killarney Cycling Club once again hosts the Saturday stage. The neutral rollout leaves from St. Oliver’s National School just before 10am before travelling through the town centre via Main St and High St with the official Race Start in Fossa.

The first challenge of the day will see the riders take on the iconic Ballaghisheen Pass, where descending speeds last year surpassed 100 km/h!

The stage finishes in Sneem.

Sunday will repeat last year’s newly introduced stage by Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club taking on some of Cork and Kerry’s most challenging and rugged terrain, finishing at the well-known Kerry Man’s Table on the historical Butter Road.

Road Racing on Easter Monday means only one thing in many cycling households around Kerry and the legendary Killorglin town circuit will once again bring the test to the riders of the 2024 Dornan Rás Mumhan as they take on the unforgiving high speed laps through the town centre, concluding the 2024 edition of the Dornan Rás Mumhan.

Killarney CC have entered two teams this year both a Senior team and a U23 team.

The local riders include Shane Spellman, Frank Doherty, Pierce Curtin, Milo Donaldson, Luke Costello, Mark McGlynn and Ewan Buckley.

“We feel we have a nice mix of youth and experience in both teams,” said Doherty, a former motorcycle racer.

“We have secured three exciting guest riders in Finn Roumen, Nathan Mullen and Arminas Meskauskas. We would like to thank all of our sponsors who have helped get us to this point. We look forward to getting everyone’s business out there on our amazing new kit.”

Sponsors are : KWD, Killarney Credit union, Kaynes Bar and Brasserie, Leane’s Kitchens and bedrooms, REC Renewable Energy Centre, Aqua Design, HP Nutrition, O’Sullivan cycles, Spellman Profit Partners and BG Motors who provided a team car for the weekend.



Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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