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Set your sights on ‘the roof of Ireland’

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HAVE you got what it takes to scale new heights? Killarney’s’ Ultimate High Peaks Challenge, in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, is a spectacular one-day mountain challenge event that will test participant’s endurance, stamina and self sufficiency in some of Ireland’s toughest mountain terrain.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, August 26, commencing at Cronin’s Yard – the official entrance and starting point for ascents of Carrantuohill and MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

Kerry is the adventure capital of Ireland and Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge is certainly the pinnacle of all mountain adventures with the most dramatic mountain scenery in Ireland. It promises to be an exhilarating and truly unique event in which participants will self-navigate along a pre-planned marshalled route across the highest mountain range in the country – The magnificent MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

Adventure enthusiasts will trek over 25 km of stunning, wild, rugged mountain terrain ticking off many of Ireland’s highest summits with a total height gain of over 2500 meters. “This is not a race… but a challenge event, where participants will test their personal navigational skills, fitness, determination and stamina” say organisers Piaras and Catherine Kelly of KerryClimbing.ie .”The Killarney Ultimate High Peaks Challenge is organised and run by mountain enthusiasts for mountain enthusiasts.”

KerryClimbing.ie is a mountain guiding company, based in the heart of the Reeks. Both Piaras and Catherine are active mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts, with a vast knowledge of the Kerry Mountains and surrounds they bring an exceptional amount of skills and experience in the organising of this unique event. KerryClimbing.ie is one of the leading guiding and mountain adventure activity providers in the South West with extensive experience and knowledge of running safety and rescue back up for a variety of mountain events.

The grand finale to this exhausting but memorable mountain challenge will culminate with a vibrant and well deserved after party and barbeque at Cronin’s Yard. “After the presentation of medals, ‘the ultimates’ can relax and savour the salads, cooked meats and home baked breads all served by our event caterers and chefs, together with the sounds of a mighty trad session from the high peaks’ bar to set the mood. What a day…what a night, What a showcase to Ireland’s most amazing landscape and environs”.

Register at http://killarneypeakschallenge.com/register/ Places are limited.
 


 
Above: Piaras Kelly, of Kerry Climbing.ie, on Cnoc na Péiste Ridge, Eastern Reeks, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, on a recce earlier this year for “Killarney’s’ Ultimate High Peaks Challenge”. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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