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World’s fashion capitals beckon for best-dressed lady and gent at Killarney Races next week

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NEXT week promises to be action-packed both on and off the track with a host of celebrities attending the Dawn Milk Ladies Day at the Killarney Races on Thursday, July 20. Top Irish model and Dancing with the Stars contestant Thalia Heffernan will join Kerry football legend and winner of Dancing with Stars Aidan O’Mahony to judge the Dawn Milk Ladies Day 2017.

The style stakes are high at the Killarney Races and the best-dressed lady will win a trip for two to Paris and a specially commissioned crystal vase. A new fashion category for gents has also been introduced this year and the best-dressed gent will receive a trip to Milan for two and a specially commissioned crystal decanter.

Ladies day judge Thalia Heffernan, provided some fashion tips for all ladies attending. “It will be great to see all the ladies out in their fineries and I know it will be so hard to choose a winner,” said Thalia. “I'll be looking for a well-rounded thought-out outfit. I can't wait to see all the contenders! I will be looking for someone confident in their outfit and that will shine through.”

Aidan O’Mahony also provided gents with his fashion tips, stating: “I am looking forward to seeing individual, well-coordinated style on the gents and something that will stand out from the norm. It will be great to see gents getting recognition for their styling efforts as there is a fantastic variety of dapper style to choose from these days. The gents should not shy away from a bit of colour or floral.”

The Dawn Milk Ladies Day at Killarney’s four-day racing festival in July is renowned across the country as one of the most prestigious ladies day events on the fashion calendar in Ireland. A total of ten ladies and ten gents will be selected as finalists by the judges. Ladies and gents are advised to arrive early as the judges will be selecting finalists on the racecourse from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

John O’Sullivan, general manager, Dawn Milk, said: “Dawn Milk is delighted to sponsor Ladies Day at the Killarney Races for 24 years, making it one of the longest ladies day patronages in Ireland. Top judges have been invited year after year to Ladies Day in Killarney and this year is no different. We are delighted to welcome Thalia Heffernan and Aidan O’Mahony. Top luxury prizes to the European style capitals Paris and Milan and specially commissioned crystal can be won by the most stylish ladies and gents attending the Dawn Milk Ladies Day.”

The four day Killarney July Racing Festival commencing on Monday, July 17th in Ireland’s most scenic racecourse will combine the very best of horse racing with a fantastic festival atmosphere for all racegoers. Dawn Milk also sponsors the day’s racing on Thursday including the Dawn Milk Run Handicap Steeplechase (€11,500), the Dawn Omega Milk Handicap Hurdle (€12,500) and the Dawn Hi & Low Milk Beginners Steeplechase (€12,500).

 


 
Paris or Milan? Denise Healy winner of the Dawn Milk Ladies Day 2014 with her husband Aidan O’Mahony getting ready for this year’s Dawn Milk Ladies Day at the Killarney Races on Thursday, July 20.

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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