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Sam Bolger best of Kerry riders in Rás Mumhan

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Killarney Cycling Club’s Sam Bolger was the best placed Kerry rider in the four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan over the Easter weekend.

Kerry’s only international cycle race attracted the top competitors from around the country as well as a number of very strong teams from the UK.

Fast aggressive racing was on the cards for all four stages which produced for excellent spectating and a race title that came down to single-digit seconds on the final day in the iconic Killorglin Town circuit stage.

Killarney Cycle Club hosted the second stage which started from St Oliver's School Ballycasheen, and finished in Sneem via a processionary roll out through Main Street and High Street and an ascent of the challenging Ballaghisheen Climb.

“The club had two teams of five in this year's race,” said club secretary Niamh Sheehan.

“Throughout the Easter weekend, the team experienced some highs along with its share of bad luck. Sam Bolger rode aggressively for the four days which saw him take home the Liam Brick Memorial Shield for the best Kerry rider, and also finish second in the A2 Classification. The club also had Shane Spellman and Ewan Buckley chasing the A3 classification and both were unlucky to narrowly miss out on taking home the jersey on the final day.”

Frank Doherty, Mark McGlynn and Lorcan Daly were the other local riders within the Killarney CC teams but unfortunate to be dealt some bad luck over the weekend resulting in retirement from the race.

Local riders Richard Maes and David Culloty competed in this year’s race for Team All Human - VeloRevolution and both rode well to protect their team leader - last year's Rás Tailteann winner Daire Feeley, as well as finishing inside the top third of the General Classification.

Benny Cassidy also took part in the Rás Mumhan with Blarney Cycling Club and finished the weekend strong inside the top 100.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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