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Spa GAA is the place to be this weekend




By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA is preparing to host one of the biggest Gaelic Football tournaments ever to hit Killarney.

TOURNAMENT: Spa teammates Mags Cronin Roisin Kearney Megan Cronin and Alma Cronin will contest the 7s Tournament at Spa GAA this weekend.

JERSEY: Spa GAA players Ciaran Spillane Megan Cronin Mike Foley and Ryan O'Carroll show off their specially commission jerseys for the weekend's Sevens Tournament.

On Saturday and Sunday the club has organised a fundraising Club 7s GAA competition at its venue near Tiernaboul.

The 7-a-side tournament will begin at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday, with senior men’s and ladies teams from Kerry, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Tipperary and London competing over the weekend.

As well as the football competition, the club will have live music every day from 12 noon at a special Rockshore marquee that has been installed in the club’s grounds for the weekend.

“This is the first time the club have hosted such an event, and as well as the senior men’s and senior ladies 7-a-side tournament, with teams competing to win a share of the €10,000 prize money, there will be live music each day from 12 noon to 10pm, a variety of food vendors serving hot food and snacks, as well as a kid's play zone. It will be a family-friendly event with something for all ages,” said the club’s PRO Deirdre O'Sullivan Darcy.

Full details on the event, teams, and the entertainment schedule can be found on

Tickets are priced at €20 for a day pass or €30 for a weekend pass and U18s are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Gates are open at the event from 9.30am to 9pm Saturday and 10am to 9pm on Sunday.

“All entrants to the event, including players, must wear an entry wristband. You will get your wristband by purchasing a ticket online. The wristbands will be given at entry to the event,” she added.

“There has a been a huge effort from our club members and volunteers working to get the grounds ready to welcome thousands of people to Spa over the weekend and a big thank you to everyone who is helping out."

The men’s clubs entered are Kerins O'Rahillys, Austin Stacks, Cuala, Lucan Sarsfields, St Kiernans of London and Mitchelstown GAA.

The Ladies squads are Southern Gaels, Brian Boru, Castleknock, Valley Rovers, Castlehaven, Feohanagh Castlemahon, Bantry, MKL Gaels and Clonakilty.

Three clubs have entered teams in both competitions, Spa, Eire Óg and Na Fianna.

Volunteers are still needed for the weekend so if anyone would be available to help out either day please contact Deirdre on 085 1216359.



Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]




The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]




Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”


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