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Town to green for St Patrick’s Day

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Organisers of the town’s St Patrick’s Day Festival have revealed further details of the first parade to hit the streets since 2020.

TIME TO TURN GREEN: St Patrick's Festival Killarney Committee were honoured to have Cian McMahon Captain St Brendan's College Senior Football team to launch this year’s festival. Pictured from left were: Bernadette Randles Brian Teahan (Killarney MD) Angela McAllen (Killarney MD Manager) Garda Inspector Gary Carroll David Rea Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber) Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr Marie Maloney and Paul Sherry (Chairman St Patrick's Festival). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

The parade will commence on Mission Road at 2pm on March 17 and it will wind its way along East Avenue Road, College Street, Plunkett Street, Main Street and New Street before finishing in the Beech Road car park.

Organisers have appealed to community groups, sports clubs, organisations, residents, businesses and individuals to make a special effort to participate and the event will be watched by thousands of people who will line the streets.

The theme for this year’s event is Earth/An Chré – a celebration of the planet, the land that sustains us and the world we live in.

There will be a children’s fun zone, with amusements, magic shows and a lively DJ, on Beech Road during the festival and it will run from 12 noon to 7pm from St Patrick’s Day right through to the following Sunday.

Prior to the parade, the Killarney School of Music Concert Band, under the direction of Pádraig Buckley, will perform on the festival grandstand on Main Street and masters of ceremony for the big parade, Brendan Fuller and Kieran Healy, will ensure a fabulous atmosphere in the town centre all through the day.

“This has been a long time coming and we’re really looking forward to the fun and the frolics,” said festival chairman Paul Sherry.

“We want the whole town to turn out this year and, with restrictions lifted, we can get back to celebrating and enjoying ourselves like only we can with a fabulous family atmosphere and so much to enjoy.”

Greening of iconic buildings

The town’s iconic buildings will turn a fabulous shade of green in the days leading up to and for the week after St Patrick’s Day and the spotlight will fall on Ross Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral, the Franciscan Friary, Killarney Courthouse, Killarney’s Methodist Church, St Mary’s Church of Ireland and the town’s feature statues and monuments.

Many local shops, hotels and business premises will all join in the fun by lighting up their buildings and workplaces in the most amazing shades of green.

Application forms for the parade can be downloaded from the official festival website www.stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie or collected from the town hall.

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Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]

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The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”

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