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Water way to go…. as swimmers plan three lakes challenge

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The team of instructors and swimmers of Dieter’s Swim Academy are getting their swim gear on for two very deserving organisations, the Irish Cancer Society and Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

The challenge is to swim the length of the three lakes of Killarney - 15 kilometres in total during May. It can be undertaken individually or in teams of three and all entrants will be put into a draw for free three month family membership at the leisure centre.

Now they won’t be braving the cold temperatures of our lovely lakes instead they will be swimming in the comfort of the Aquila Club Leisure Centre (600 lengths) in the famous Gleneagle Hotel. Entrants will receive a log book where they can track their lengths after each time they swim.

Dieter’s Swim Academy has been based at the Aquila Club since 1999 and has swimmers ageing from as young as four all the way to 16. The swim academy specialises in providing high quality swim lessons, both individual and group lessons, as well as a swim club.

The two charities are very close to the hearts of the swim academy staff and swimmers with Dieter himself losing his father to cancer in the past few years.

“After a long hard two years with COVID all the swimmers were delighted to get back to their lessons this year," Dieter Gogsch, Swim Coordinator, said.

"They all wanted to do something at the end of this swim season to mark our comeback and what better way to do it then with a charity swim challenge. We hope to get as much support and donations for our two chosen charities.”

All the info on taking part and donating can be found on the Aquila Facebook and Instagram pages or by contacting the Aquila Club directly by phone 064 6636178 or on iDonate: DietersSwimChallenge2022.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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