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Set your sights on the roof of Ireland for ultimate challenge

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Piaras Kelly, of Kerryclimbing.ie, planning this year's route on Purple Mountain, as part of Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge on July 9. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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THINGS will be looking up for a host of ambitious climbers as they set their sights on ascending 16 of the highest peaks in Ireland in one day. Kerryclimbing.ie, is organising Killarney's Ultimate High Peaks Challenge which will take trekkers along the iconic MacGillyuddy's Reeks, also known as The Roof of Ireland”.

The climb takes place on Saturday, July 9, and is aimed at all mountain enthusiasts. Participants will trek over 25km of stunning, wild, rugged mountain terrain on 16 of Ireland’s highest summits, traversing the Gap of Dunloe and the magnificent and dramatic MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range, with a total height gain of over 2450 metres.

Participants will be expected to self navigate along a pre-planned marshalled route in terrain.

Piaras said: “This is not a race but a challenge event, where participants will trek and traverse using their personal navigational skills, fitness, determination and stamina, and enjoy their day on the most magnificent and challenging mountain range in Europe.”

Cronin’s Yard is the traditional starting point for ascents of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks. Situated at the entrance to the Hag’s Glen, it has welcomed mountaineers and trekkers for over 200 years.

The tearooms and the famous “Cronin welcome” and hospitality are renowned. The sign-in and registration will take place at Cronin’s Yard on the Saturday morning of the event, and will finish at the tearooms. Weary mountaineers can relax and enjoy the “après-Reeks” party featuring a barbecue, traditional music by renowned musician Eoin Duignan and the all-important post event medal presentation. Walkers can still register and contact Piaras and Catherine Kelly, ww.killarneypeakschallenge.com.

For further information contact 087-744 0523/ info@killarneypeakschallenge.com


Piaras Kelly, of Kerryclimbing.ie, planning this year's route on Purple Mountain, as part of Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge on July 9. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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