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HEALTH CHECK: Killarney town is undergoing a Town Centre Health Check in the coming weeks. Pictured were: Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson, Ali Harvey (Heritage Council) and Martha Farrell (Marketing Lecturer ITT), Eileen O'Donoghue (KCC) and Paul Sherry (Chamber President). Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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By Michelle Crean

 

Killarney town centre is to undergo a major health check as part of the National Town Centre Health Check Programme – and organisers are calling on business owners and the public to play their part in the coming weeks.

A major study of behaviour and attitudes of shoppers, business owners’ perceptions, footfall and land use is to be conducted, with the results published in early 2020.

The aim of the programme is to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of the critical role that town centres play and the wide-ranging impacts that their vitality and viability have on overall socio-economic, environmental and cultural growth and development and on quality of life for citizens and visitors alike.

A number of surveys will be conducted in the town centre as part of transdisciplinary research between the Heritage Council, Kerry County Council, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and the IT Tralee, tofully understand the critical role that town centres play and the impact they have on the quality of life for citizens and visitors.

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Wednesday lunchtime, Ali Harvey, Manager of the Heritage Council’s National Planning & Regeneration Programmes, and Martha Farrell, Marketing Lecturer in the School of Business, Humanities and Computing at the Institute of Technology, Tralee made a presentation at the monthly Chamber of Commerce lunch which was held in the Great Southern Killarney.

There, both explained the importance of the health check and its benefits to Killarney town as the findings will inform strategies for the future development of the town.

From October to December students from the IT, Tralee will conduct the surveys, Martha explained.

“We will need your support on this,” she said. “I would appeal to you take the questionnaire from the students and fill it out, please support them.”

 

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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