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Rás Mumhan to remember Kerry cycling greats

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By Sean Moriarty

Two legends of Kerry cycling will be remembered during this year’s Rás Mumhan.

The four-day international race – the biggest cycling event in Kerry – was launched this week.

Rás Mumhan, taking place over the four days of the Easter weekend, is the first major Stage Race of the Irish cycling calendar.

One of the highlights of this year’s international event sees a return to the amphitheatre that is Killorglin, taking in the traditional Beaufort loop before they head on to the circuit around the town for 10 laps with the finish on the main street up the hill. It will allow for a spectacle for all and ignite the passion for those who love the sport of cycling.

“The final stage in Killorglin is this year an even more fitting tribute to the great John Mangan who won the Rás Tailteann in 1972, and for those of you that remember the giants of the past, to get to the roadside to support the present and future warriors of the Rás Mumhan,” said event PRO Mark Murphy.

As well as winning Ireland's biggest bike race 50 years ago, Killorglin native Mangan enjoyed 14 years as a professional cyclist and won several races in France.

Kerry Group Rás Mumhan has been traditionally run by Killorglin Cycling Club but is now a regional wide effort by Killorglin, Tralee Manor West Cycle Club, Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club and Killarney Cycling Club. Without the combined support the event would certainly be way more difficult to run.

“We wish to acknowledge the passing of our great friend Padraig Harnett who for years so willingly gave of his time in the promotion and coverage of the event and his loss has been felt throughout the sporting world here in Kerry."

Padraig, who passed away last October was the most influential cycling journalist in Kerry.

Last year’s winner Lindsay Watson of Velo Revolution will make a defence of his title.

He will be challenged by local riders who have laid their claim in the form of Tom Moriarty from Castlegregory who had a successful year in 2022 in the professional ranks, and Lorcan Daly of Milltown who is the current Munster criterium champion.

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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