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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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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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