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Twice as nice as celebrity chef twins to open Listowel Food Fair

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CELEBRITY chef twins “The Happy Pear” will open the 2016 Listowel Food Fair with a cooking demonstration this Thursday, November 10, at the Listowel Arms Hotel. The Happy Pear co-founders, David and Stephen Flynn, are among Ireland’s strongest advocates for eating more fruit and vegetables (whole foods). Speaking about their forthcoming appearance at the 2016 Listowel Food Fair David and Stephen Flynn, co-founders of The Happy Pear and SuperValu Good Food Karma Project ambassadors said: “In partnership with Garvey’s SuperValu, we’re delighted to be taking part this year in Ireland’s longest-running food festival to promote great food. We hope to inspire people to cook more at home and to eat more vegetables and home grown produce, and we’re really looking forward to meeting everyone in Listowel.”

The chairman of the Listowel Food Fair, Jimmy Deenihan, said: “On behalf of the Listowel Food Fair Committee we are delighted to welcome The Happy Pear to the 2016 Listowel Food Fair. They are wonderful ambassadors of healthy eating and strong advocates for Irish home grown foods. We are excited to host them on the opening night and very much look forward to learning more about their dynamic approach to cooking.”

The four tasty recipes they will demonstrate on the opening night of the 2016 Listowel Food Fair are Crunchy Vanilla Maple Granola, Easy Ramen Noodles, Pad Thai and Winter Barley Butterbean Stew.

In 2004, David and his twin brother Stephen co-founded The Happy Pear – a little vegetable shop in Ireland with a big dream to inspire people to live a happier, healthier life and enjoy being part of a community greater than themselves. Today they’re renowned plant-based chefs, best selling authors, YouTube hits, Jamie Oliver Food Tube family members, and The Happy Pear has grown into one of the most popular Irish businesses, employing over 100 people.

The Happy Pear now comprises: a family-run natural food store; two wholefoods cafés; a superfood sprout farm; an own-label food manufacturing and distribution business, producing award-winning pestos, hummus and granola; a coffee roastery producing house roasted Happy Pear coffee; and a fermentation station producing a variety of delicious fermented foods.

Their first cookbook (The Happy Pear – recipes and stories from the first 10 years) was on the Irish bestseller list in 2014 and 2015. Their second cookbook The World of The Happy Pear (also published by Penguin Random House) is currently on the Irish best seller list and has been shortlisted for an award in the Irish Book Awards 2016 and the 2016 Listowel Food Fair “Book of the Year” Award of which the winner will be announced this Thursday, November 10, at the 2016 Listowel Food Fair.

Through their popular Happy Heart classroom courses, designed to help people reverse heart disease (Ireland’s biggest killer) and improve their overall health, David and Stephen have supported thousands of Irish people to make healthier eating and lifestyle choices. Additionally, they are popular media contributors, regulars on national TV, and they are currently brand ambassadors for SuperValu’s Good Food Karma Project (to get the nation cooking more from scratch). As award-winning digital marketers, they have an impressive combined social media reach of almost 500,000, and they’ve currently in the process of developing a TV show about a grassroots healthy eating and lifestyle movement.

The 2016 Listowel Food Fair – Ireland’s longest-running food festival celebrates its 22nd consecutive fair this year from November 10-14. Information on tickets for various events at the 2016 Listowel Food Fair are available at www.listowelfoodfair.ie

The Listowel Food Fair Committee would like to thank the various sponsors and festival partners for whom without their support, this event would not be possible each year – An Bord Bia, Kerry Group, Kerry Local Enterprise Office, Ornua, Garvey’s Supervalu, Eno Wines, Dairy Master, Taste Kerry, Flo Gas, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnerships, Tralee Culinary Gangsters.

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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