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State-of-the-art facility opened at Listowel Race Course

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Brenda Daly, secretary, with David Fitzmaurice, chairman, Listowel Race Company and Brian Kavanagh, CEO HRI, pictured at the opening of the new €1.3m facility at the racetrack on Wednesday. The annual Listowel Harvest Racing Festival runs over seven days from September 11-17. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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WELL-KNOWN figures from the horse-racing industry are among 300 guests hosted by Listowel Race Company this evening as it officially opened it newly constructed food hall, bar and viewing area at a reception in the new €1.3 million facility.

The chairman of Listowel Race Company, David Fitzmaurice, welcomed all present on behalf of the board of directors, with special guests including the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, and Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI).

The trio cut the ribbon at the end of the opening ceremony to officially declare the new building open. Canon Declan O’Connor then blessed the building.

Built by Monami Construction Ltd, the new facility has been part-financed by Horse Racing Ireland through its Racecourse Capital Development Scheme, which provided funding of over €600,000.

Construction began in January and was completed ahead of schedule in mid-July. Many thousands of racegoers will have the opportunity to enjoy the new facility over the forthcoming 158th Listowel Harvest Racing Festival Meeting from September 11 to 17. For more information on Listowel Races contact 068-21144/21172 or visit www.listowelraces.ie

The new building is a modern contemporary design which both complements and enhances the overall look of the racecourse facilities. It replaces The Old Snack Bar, and incorporates a modern Food Hall, called The Old Weir Food Hall on the ground floor, and The Riverside Bar on the upper level with an adjacent viewing area that has magnificent views of the Parade Ring. There are also ladies and gents toilets on the ground level.

The Old Weir Food Hall is designed to serve people who want to grab a quick bite, but don’t want to waste time on eating when there are exciting races to watch and bet-on! The Riverside Bar will accommodate sponsors, owners and trainers on race-days.
 


 
Brenda Daly, secretary, with David Fitzmaurice, chairman, Listowel Race Company and Brian Kavanagh, CEO, HRI, pictured at the opening of the new €1.3m facility at the racetrack on Wednesday. The annual Listowel Harvest Racing Festival runs over seven days from September 11-17. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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