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Sunshine, smiles and ice cream at Valley 70 Cycle

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220 cyclists took part in the 6thannual Valley 70 Cycle in Fossa last Sunday, all in aid of Coolick National School in Kilcummin.

The morning was bright and sunny as cyclists from Kerry, Limerick, Cork and even County Carlow set off on the 70km route through the Gap of Dunloe which is consistently voted one of Ireland’s most scenic. This year, there were a host of younger faces and families doing the new 30km flat route.

School Principal Irene O’Keeffe addressed the cyclists before roll off as she dedicated this year’s event to the late Carmella Sheehy who passed away in April: "Although Carmella is not with us today, she is with us in spirit. She radiated huge positivity in every aspect of her life".

Weather for the most part held up, while Pat O’Leary, from Pat O’Leary Catering Equipment, was on hand to give out free cones to the returning cyclists – who despite getting wet in the rain showers still tucked into his delicious ice cream! With a 40 strong volunteer team - visibility and safety in all aspects of the event was carefully managed while the catering team prepared a range of gluten free and vegetarian options in addition to the usual offerings.

“Special thanks to all those who donated, supported, volunteered, cycled and to the many local cycling clubs that showed great support for this annual event,” Shane O’Callaghan, Cycle Committee Chair, said.

“One hundred percent of the monies are used to resource Coolick National School in Kilcummin. The committee would also like to acknowledge the generosity of the many sponsors of the event – including lead sponsors Aherns Garage and Leane’s Kitchens and Bedrooms.”

 

 

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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