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Sam Bolger selected for Irish team ahead of Rás Mumhan

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s rising cycling star Sam Bolger will have the honour of racing for the national team through the streets of his home town in two weeks.

The Lewis Road man has been selected by Cycling Ireland as a member of the Irish Junior Cycling team for the Easter weekend's Rás Mumhan.

The new look event – the biggest bike race in Kerry – will be contested over four stages from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

Killarney Cycling Club has been tasked with running Stage Two on Easter Saturday.

The stage will roll out from St Oliver’s School in Ballycasheen and finish in Sneem. The early part of the stage will be neutralised through Killarney town centre before the race proper gets underway at Fossa.

“On Saturday April 16 the Rás Mumhan will leave St Oliver’s School around 11.15am and will make its way down Countess Road, onto Mission Road and through Ballydowney to Fossa where the racing will begin," Killarney Cycling Club PRO, Keith Lyne, said.

From Fossa the riders will head through Glencar, over climbs at Ballaghbeama and Coomacista before ending in Sneem.

“The club has been working hard with the organisers to ensure that everything runs smoothly over this spectacular stage. We will be working hard to ensure we cause as little disruption as possible to traffic but do ask for driver's cooperation as we move through these sections of the town. The Killarney club will also be cheering its member Sam Bolger who has been selected to ride in the Irish colours with their Junior Cycling team - a great honour for the rider and the club.”

Bolger’s Selection

Bolger’s first race in the Irish team jersey was the Drumm Cup event that took place in Currow last weekend.

His preparations for the Easter Classic continues this weekend when he races in two different national road racing events. Today (Saturday) he will race in a Newcastle West Wheelers event in Limerick.
The following day he will be in action in Cork in the Donal Crowley Memorial Race organised by Blarney Cycling Club.

Strong local Rás entry

Killarney Cycling Club has entered a strong team in this year’s Rás Mumhan.

The team will be led by three-time county champion and Lacey Cup winner Conor Kissane who contested the previous running of Rás Mumhan as a member of the same team Bolger has now been selected for.

John Brosnan is the second A1-classed rider on the team and he has ridden in multiple Ras Tailteanns and Rás Mumhans. He is also a former county champion.

Lorcan Daly (A2) is having a great season and is a rider who loves climbing and could be in line for honours in this section come Easter Monday.

Galway native Shane Spellman (A2) has been living in Killarney for six years and is a former hurler and Ironman. He will be well able for the challenge of the Rás. Shane works for the Rás sponsors Kerry Group.

Ewan Buckley (A3) has moved from rowing to bike racing and carries some very good form into the four-day classic.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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