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Strong Killarney support for fundraising cycle

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Killarney locals came out in force over the weekend and helped to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry – by partaking in the Tom Crean Unsung Hero Cycle in association with Tour de Munster.

The cycle and family fun weekend took place on both Saturday and Sundayat Ballyseedy Home & Garden, Tralee.

The event, only in its second year, saw over 280 cyclists take to the road to raise essential funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The weekend pays homage to renowned explorer Tom Crean and also remembers Down Syndrome Kerry member, Emily Keohane, who sadly passed away in 2017.

The cycle included a 75km or 44km route on Saturday.

“Setting out from Ballyseedy at 10am, the cyclists took in Camp, Annascaul, Inch and Castlemaine before reaching the finish line at Ballyseedy to enjoy a BBQ, live music with the renowned Liam O’Connor and family fun,” Madeleine Doyle, from Beaufort who is PRO for Down Syndrome Kerry, said.
“Taking to the road in support again this year was David Wallace, former Munster and Ireland rugby player along with Aidan O’Mahony, former Kerry footballer and Dancing with The Stars winner, along with former Kerry Footballer Kieran Donaghy.

“Many cyclists from Killarney also took to the road to raise funds for DSK including Ken and Margaret O’Sullivan, parents of Ciara. No strangers to cycling, Danny Brosnan and Anthony Cronin spent the day on the bike, while Danny’s daughter Caoimhe and Anthony’s niece Niamh enjoyed the family fun at Ballyseedy.”
On Sunday, the inaugural Tom Crean historical walk took place, which included the cemetery where he was laid to rest and his family home in Annascaul. The walk was guided by Tom Crean’s granddaughter Aileen Crean O’Brien and Bill Sheppard, author of the book ‘Honouring Tom Crean’, who told many stories of Tom Crean’s life.

Family fun and activities continued in Ballyseedy with Zumba and drumming lessons as well as a BBQ, she added.

“A huge thanks to all the cyclists and sponsors who made the day a huge success for its second year.”

 

 

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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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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 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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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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