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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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