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Top chefs to run a fundraiser for Kerry charity

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FUNDRAISER: Jason Nolan, Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder in New St, is one of four chefs organising a fundraising event. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

​​​​​​​By Michelle Crean

 

Four of Ireland's top young chefs are combining their culinary skills to create an exclusive tasting menu event for a Kerry charity.

Jason Nolan of Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder in Killarney, Conor Halpenny of The Square in Dundalk, Dan Guerin of Cush in Ballycotton and Andrew Ryan, formerly of Ashford Castle Hotel in Mayo are organising the event for Monday September 14 at 7pm.

It'll take place at Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder on New Street. For one night only, attendees will have the opportunity to try the best of Irish produce from four of Ireland’s finest young chefs, along with exquisitely paired wine pairings from Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on the Green.

Three out of the four chefs have all been winners or finalists of Euro-Toques Chef of the Year - Ireland’s premier culinary competition which celebrates Ireland’s young culinary talents. In addition, Pastry Chef Andrew Ryan was named a finalist at the Valrhona Patisserie Championship in 2019.

Tickets for the event are priced at €100 and include a cocktail on arrival created by esteemed General Manager Luke Crowley Holland of the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, four dinner courses from four renowned chefs with wine pairings donated by the Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on The Green as well as canapes and petit fours. The majority of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to local service, Kerry Specialist Palliative Care unit, a service which provides excellent holistic care for patients, their families and loved ones.

“I approached my good friend Conor Halpenny about being involved in a tasting evening and especially for the year that’s in it," Head Chef at the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Jason Nolan said. "We thought it would be a great way to highlight some fantastic Irish producers, encourage consumers to dine out and of course do this all with raising money for a great cause. This year to date has been very challenging for everyone and its services like the Kerry Specialist Palliative Care unit that will be need the extra funds.”

Tickets are now available and must purchased in advance from Head of Marketing Julie Christie, contact julie@celticwhiskey.com to register your interest.

All staff on the night will be volunteering their time and many generous suppliers are sponsoring food, while Celtic Whiskey Shop and Wines on The Green managing director Alistair Alpine is donating all the wines to accompany the dinner courses.

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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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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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