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“We have nowhere to go” –  say bingo players

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By Sean Moriarty

Bingo players in Killarney have been told that they need to find a new home after Conroy Hall on the Park Road was forced to close this week due to health and safety concerns.

The popular venue, which is owned by trade union SIPTU, was also closed earlier this summer following concerns over fire and safety regulations.

The venue reopened last Sunday night - but punters were told by bingo organisers that SIPTU has advised them that the venue would have close again - this time indefinitely.

Conroy Hall is one of the most popular bingo halls in the county due to the larger than usual prize money on offer. Some Sunday night games at the venue offer jackpots of over €1000.

Regulars estimate that close to 1000 players attend every Sunday and that they travel from as far away as Dingle and Blarney to play. The venue is also popular with tourists.

Aghadoe woman Maureen McCormick has been going to Conroy Hall bingo for 25 years.

“There is bingo in Killorglin every Sunday night but there would not be room for all of us and the prize money is much better in Killarney,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I started going when I gave up the cigarettes, I was not allowed smoke in there. We have nowhere to go. Maybe the Great Southern Hotel, they don’t have weddings on a Sunday, or maybe look at somewhere out of town like Fossa Community Hall.”

SIPTU was contacted by the Killarney Advertiser but did not respond to calls ahead of going to print last night (Thursday). However, it is understood that the trade union closed the building to allow it time to carry out repair work and make building safe again.

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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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