Are you ready for the Ring of the Reeks Cycle Challenge

The 7th Ring of the Reeks Cycle will take place on Saturday, 27th July from Beaufort G.A.A. Club.

There will be four routes this year.

Cycle 1 is a 100km Ring of the Reeks challenge route.  It is a loop route of Ireland’s highest mountains-the McGillycuddy  Reeks and suitable for intermediate to experienced cyclists.

Cycle 2 is a 60km Caragh Lake loop cycle route taking in some of the most scenic landscape in the area.

There is also a 35km Ring of Beaufort and a 5km family cycle..

Start time for Ring of the Reeks will be 9am.  Start time for Caragh Lake Loop and Ring of Beaufort cycles will start at 11am. The 5km cycle will start at 11.30am.

After cycles food and refreshments at Beaufort Community Centre.

This is a Cycling Ireland approved event. All Under 16s must be accompanied by an Adult and are restricted to the 60 km route or less. Under 12s are restricted to the 5km route.

Registration is online at www.ringofthereekscycle.com and also in Beaufort G.A.A. Clubrooms on morning of cycle from 8am for Ring of the Reeks cycle and 10.00 am for other cycles.

Everybody must sign in on the morning.

For all information on cycles, refreshments stops, cost and registration please go to www.ringofthereekscycle.com.

One man’s Everest…

Ultra Runner, Sean Clifford, from Killarney, set an Irish record reaching the dizzy heights of 10,000 m of positive ascent in 23 hours and 53 minutes — the equivalent height of Mount Everest, and accumulative 10 times ascent of Ireland’s highest Mountain – Carrauntoohil, (1039 m) in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

Sean set about his challenge, on Caher Mountain, on Friday night, running through the night, ascending, Carrauntoohil, Cnoc an Toinne, using the Devil’s Ladder for ascents, and Bothar na Gige (The ’Zig Zags’) for descents. Final ascent was made on Carrauntoohil. Joined throughout his record breaking quest by fellow Killarney Ultra Runners, Joe O’Leary, Damien Courtney, Neil Kelders and Harold Clifford. An exhausted Sean returned to a heroes welcome at Cronins Yard – Official home to the Reeks and Esther’s famous Apple Tarts! late on Saturday night. Also managing to raise funds for Dementia and Alzheimer awareness.

Sean, has competed in races across the globe, the UTMB in France, Diagonal des Fous on Reunion Island, El Cruce in Chile and Ankor Ultra in Cambodia. More recently he has placed 2nd in Ireland’s longest and toughest ultra marathon, the Kerry Way Ultra.

No roadside hedge cutting during August

The Minister for Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD  announced this week that she will not be proceeding with regulations that would have allowed general roadside hedge cutting during August this year on a trial basis.

The decision recognises the increasing threats to biodiversity nationally and globally and follows a number of Government initiatives to protect and nurture Ireland’s flora and fauna.

The minister was given discretionary powers under the Heritage Act 2018 to allow the cutting of roadside hedges during the month of August on a trial basis in 2019 and 2020.

Hedge cutting for road safety purposes will still be allowed at all times of the year.

Minister Madigan commented, “Hedgerows are a very important wildlife habitat, providing food, shelter, corridors of movement, nest and hibernation sites for many of our native flora and fauna.”

Powerful second half for 5 in a row Kerry Juniors

All Ireland Junior Football Final

Powerful second half for 5 in a row Kerry

Kerry     3-14       Galway  0-13

 

By Donal Barry

 

A fantastic second half performance by Jimmy Keane’s charges saw them complete five in a row All Ireland Junior Football Championships as they overcame Galway in O’Moore Park.

Indeed, if Kerry were completing their fifth it was Keane’s third as the Knocknagoshel man created yet another All Ireland winning team from scratch with last years winning team excluded from him.

The opening ten minutes were played at a blistering pace with the sides sharing 8 points having been level on 4 occasions as it was Galway with the impressive Gary Kelly opening up the Kerry backline at will.

Keane wasted no time in rotating both Brandon Barrett and Philip O’Connor to drop back and act as a sweeper in front of the Williamstown forward who was reduced to frees after that.

The sides would divide a further four points evenly between them before Kerry finally wrestled the lead for the first time when Stephen O’Sullivan fired over on the 25th minute with Daniel Daly securing a two point half time lead at the break with a 28th minute point.

Daly had created a goal chance out of nothing earlier when he took a quick free from the 21M deciding to fire for goal and not the point that was on offer. Cormac Heslam was more than equal to the effort pushing it wide for 45, which was put wide by Kerry Keeper Eoghan O’Brien

O’Brien too was called into early action as he had to be at his best to smother a 13th minute goal bound effort from Galway’s Colm Brennan but both goals stayed intact for the opening period.

 

It took Galway all of two minutes to wipe out the Kerry lead in the second half with Kelly from a free and then Kelly sent Sean O’Currin on his way with a clever pass as the half back levelled matters on the 32nd minute.

However just as it looked as if Galway would mount a serious challenge, enter the Kerry half back line of Foley, Breen and Brosnan, all of who were superb, all ending the game with a point each from play and more often than not made themselves available for the overlap. None more than Jack Brosnan who turned in a man of the match performance.

When Kerry got their first goal on the 34th minute, there was more than a little luck attached as Barry O’Dwyer’s punched effort dipped below the bar but with the on rushing touch from Conor Costello it went over the line. After a minute’s consultation the goal was awarded.

A few seconds later Stephen O Sullivan fired over his third point of the day to give Key their biggest lead 1-9 to 0-8 and in truth the never looked back with further goals arriving from O’Sullivan (40th minute) and replacement James Crean (55th minute) who benefited from a Jack Brosnan run.

Stephen O’Sullivan would finish the day with 1-4 and a booking for not having a mouth guard, an eventful afternoon for the Templenoe man

Philip O’Connor climbed the steps to accept the Cup in front of a large gathering of Kerry support, mostly made up from friends and family with a large travelling group from Cordal.

 

Kerry Scorers: Stephen O’Sullivan 1-4, James Crean 1-0, Own Goal Conor Costello (Galway) 1-0, Eoghan O’Brien 0-2 (0-1F, 0-45F), Daniel Daly 0-2 (0-1F) Jack Brosnan 0-1, Mike Breen 0-1, Michael Foley 0-1, Philip O’Connor 0-1, Thomas Lynch 0-1, Caolim Teahan 0-1

Galway Scorers: Gary Kelly 0-8 (0-4F), Lorcan Molloy 0-2, Sean Denvir, Padraic O’Donnell, Sean O’Currin

 

Kerry Team

Eoghan O’Brien, Cian O’Murchu Padraig O’Connor, Padraig Jackie O’Sullivan, Jack Brosnan, Mike Breen, Michael Foley John Mark Foley, Nathan Breen, Philip O’Connor, Chris Farley, Brandon Barrett, Stephen O’Sullivan, Daniel Daly, Barry Dwyer

 

Subs: Caolim Teahan for Chris Farley (36), James Crean for Barry O’Dwyer (45) Thomas Lynch for Brandon Barrett (56), Gerald O’Sullivan for Daniel Daly (58), Fionan Clifford for Cian O’Murchu (59), John Spillane for Jack Brosnan (60)

 

Galway Team

Cormac Haslam, Eddie O’Sullivan, Dara O’Ruairc, Thomas Rabbitte, McDara Geraghty, Enda Tierney, Padraic O’Donnell, Alan Molloy, Johnathan Ryan, Sean Denvir, Conor Costello, Thomas Gleeson,Padraic Eoin O’Currin, Colm Brennan, Gary Kelly

Subs: Sean O’Currin for Enda Tierney (BC) 6 mins, Lorcan Molloy for Thomas Gleeson (35), Enda Concanon for Dara O’Ruairc (45) Conor Brady for Padraig Eoin O’Currin (56) Aongus O’Hiarnan for Sean O’Currin (58)  Ger Gibbons for Johnathan Ryan (64)

 

Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)

Puck Fair sets up Go-Fund-Me Page

The committee behind the annual Puck Fair festival  has launched a Go-Fund-Me page and is appealing to members of the public and festival goers to open the purse strings in order to aid the continuation of this long-held Irish tradition.

With just four weeks to go until thousands of revelers descend on Killorglin, for one of the biggest events on Ireland’s annual social calendar – Puck Fair – excitement was building at the festival’s official launch last weekend.

Run like clockwork thanks to the dedication of a 22-strong committee of volunteers, Puck Fair is the pride of Killorglin, but for the first time since its inception organisers have felt the need to reach out to the general public for their assistance in making sure the yearly festival takes place as planned.

To finance soaring insurance prices and overall running costs of the three-day extravaganza, which offers a jam-packed programme of free events and live entertainment for all ages, the Puck Fair voluntary committee have launched a GoFundMe drive, appealing to members of the public and festival goers to open the purse strings in order to aid the continuation of this long-held Irish tradition. The GoFundMe campaign officially kicked off at Saturday’s launch event, with organisers hopeful that funds raised over the coming month will cover this year’s mounting expenses.

“It got to a point this year where we had to reevaluate our plan of action in terms of funding such a large-scale event with a very modest budget,” said Declan Falvey, Chairman of the Puck Fair committee during the 2019 launch event. “We pride ourselves on providing the public with an event that is free of charge; free entry, free entertainment – you name it. But with running costs rising across the board, we had to come up with a plan B. When the idea of a GoFundMe campaign was suggested it seemed like a no brainer. Puck is an event that is 100 percent for the people, so we’re giving those that enjoy it most the opportunity to invest in its legacy. If everyone who has enjoyed the festival over the years gave just a few euros towards keeping this cherished tradition going, you can be sure Puck Fair’s story will continue for years to come.”

The launch, which took place on Saturday last (13th July) at Kingston’s Bar in the charming town, kick-started what is set to be a busy month for all involved, with preparations already underway for a mammoth three-day event. Guests in attendance were treated to live music from B’Fheidir, while the launch saw the welcome return of the ‘Barman’s Race’, with a number of publicans from the town putting forward a staff member whose job it was to get three prized pints over the finish line with little or no spillages!

Special guests on the night included the newly crowned Queen of Puck Fair, Maeve McCarthy from Cromane Lower in Killorglin, who was joined by her Lady in Waiting, Sian Corkery. The launch marked the first official event for the new royals, who will be put through their paces over the coming weeks as they prepare for the arrival of King Puck.

In another break from convention this year, the Cattle Fair – typically held on day two of Puck Fair – will now take place on Monday 12th August. This change in schedule is to facilitate an old Charter, which outlines that when the 11th August falls on a Sunday, the Cattle Fair will instead be held on the following day. Aside from this, festival goers can expect the usual excitement and eccentricity that only Puck Fair can offer!

The three-day schedule includes dance workshops, fancy dress competitions, a fun fair, food stalls, street markets and live music throughout the town – not to mention the famous Horse Fair, which takes place on ‘Gathering Day’ and kicks off the popular festival each year. The Coronation Parade and Ceremony on day one will bring people to the town’s centre in their droves, while the stage in Killorglin’s main square will play host each night to well-known national acts, such as Celtic Knights (10th August), Johnny Brady (11th August) and The Papa Zitas (12th August), who will entertain the crowds well into the night.

To make a donation to the Puck Fair GoFundMe campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/puck-fair-2019<http://www.gofundme.com/puck-fair-2019>. For information and updates on Puck Fair 2019, visit www.puckfair.ie<http://www.puckfair.ie> or follow @puckfair on Facebook and @puck_fair on Twitter.

Racing and breeding industries contribute almost €65m per annum to the Kerry economy

The horse breeding and racing industries in County Kerry generate an economic return of almost €65m per annum. This is the key finding of a Regional Economic Impact Study conducted by Horse Racing Ireland and Deloitte, which is published today.

The study highlights the economic reach of the industry in the county – with almost 250 jobs in direct, indirect and secondary employment – and has found that County Kerry has 50 registered breeders and that over 40 horses are in training in the region.

Kerry has produced a host of leading racing figures in recent years. Cheltenham Festival winning trainer Tom Cooper is based close to Tralee and is the father of Gold Cup winning jockey Bryan Cooper. Killarney’s Jim Culloty is a three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey and trained Lord Windermere to win the race in 2014. More recently, brothers Jack and Paddy Kennedy are flying the flag for the county with their continued success in the saddle as is Oisin Murphy who is likely to be crowned champion jockey in Britain this year.

Killarney racecourse, renowned the world over as one of the most scenic racecourses, holds its tremendously popular five-day July festival this week and the star attraction was Frankie Dettori who was riding at the track on Wednesday.

Killarney hosts a four-day meeting in August and the following month attention switches to Listowel for the seven-day Harvest Festival which begins on Sunday, September 8 and is home to one of the best attended race days of the year for the Guinness Kerry National on Friday, September 13.

New home for Killarney Parkrun

Killarney Parkrun has a new home in the grounds of Killarney House with the first event taking place tomorrow, Saturday, July 20th at 9.30am.

The Parkruns originally took place in Muckross house and gardens to the grounds of Killarney House. The first event in Killarney house will be on Sat. 20th July @ 09:30.

Parkruns are free, weekly, timed events across the world, organised by local volunteers. Everyone is welcome at parkrun – whether you walk, jog, run or volunteer.

Register once, print off your barcode and you can take part in any parkrun event around the world every week for free!

The course is three laps of Killarney House and organisers are hoping to attract hundreds to the first event at the new venue.

There are 4 entrances to Killarney house: 1) Golden gates, Haha 2) Knockreer, Demesne 3) Mission road (opposite Tesco carpark) & Ross Road and you can register: https://www.parkrun.ie/register

Killarney parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 3,093 participants have completed 10,607 parkruns covering a total distance of 53,035 km, including 1,649 new Personal Bests. A total of 185 individuals have volunteered 1,470 times.

Killarney set for running bonanza

On Saturday 20th of July Killarney will play host to one of Ireland’s premier running events when more than 3000 competitors take part in the Gleneagle Hotel Run Killarney half-marathon and 10K road race.

This sold out event will welcome all types of runners, walkers, newcomers and people who just want a challenge and a great day out. Participants will represent 15 countries from around the world including China, Brazil, Republic of Congo, Australia and UAE.

For the first time ever Run Killarney will be plastic bottle free, replacing cups and bottles with compostable cups for water at the various water stations and the finish line.

As part of this year’s event, organisers have teamed up again with The Sanctuary Runners to help raise awareness of their mission and to collect donations of running gear from the public and those taking part in the race. The Sanctuary Runners were set up by Graham Clifford in 2018. Their aim is to enable local runners to run alongside, and in solidarity with, those in Direct Provision thereby fostering friendship, positivity and respect while bringing greater awareness to the system in which asylum seekers live.

Event Organiser Oliver Kirwan said, “We are really excited that Run Killarney returns next week and is still going strong and continues to be a significant date in the running calendar in Ireland.  We are delighted to welcome The Sanctuary Runners to the event for their second year. Running is all about mental and physical health and achieving a balance in your life. It’s a great way to connect and interact with other people no matter what your or their situation is.  I’d like to welcome everyone to the event and wish them the very best of luck, see you on the beautiful course!”

The race routes give competitors the chance to run one of the world’s most breathtaking and scenic road races through Muckross House and the Killarney National Park. Both routes are fast downhill courses with amazing scenery. The half-marathon starts at Molls Gap and continues through the National Park to the finish line and party atmosphere at the Gleneagle Hotel.

All competitors will receive a customised t-shirt and finisher’s medal and can embrace the great atmosphere at the Gleneagle hotel once they cross the finish line.

Local residents are to be aware of the road closure on the N71 Molls Gap to Muckross House Killarney from 6.30am to 11.30am on Saturday the 20th of July.  

The Story of Brosna GAA – A Great book for a Great Parish!

When Anne and Carol Nash along with Mary Kiely and Mary Scanlon began relaxing into their retirement little did they realise that what began as a part-time project in 2017 would take on a life of its own.  Two years later, with over three hundred pages and 400 incredible photographs the monumental “Story of Brosna GAA” is about to make its debut!  

By Maire Moriarty 

Spanning 130 years from 1888 to 2018, with information gathered from places as far removed as Australia and the Sudan, there are countless stories that draw together the proud GAA history of our Parish.   From its very modest beginnings in 1888, through the years of conflict in Ireland and culminating in our All Ireland Junior win in Croke Park.  The book is a treasure trove of stories about great players and characters who not only graced the field for their Parish Club but who went on to bring great glory to Clubs both nationally and internationally.  Included are the lesser known stories of our winning Camogie team of the 1970s.  The story of our Parish’s only Senior Footballing All Ireland winning medal (so far) for the talented Emily Woods. Handballing greats who practiced and played at our very own handball alley.  Along with brilliant articles about the many individuals who worked in committee and behind the scenes to support the club over the century.  It’s a page-turner.

Remarkable among all of these stories are the many never-before-seen photographs generously shared by so many people at home and abroad.  It’s pretty certain that there isn’t a house or family in the parish who doesn’t have a relation mentioned somewhere among the pages of this attractive book.

And it’s not all GAA …. Each decade of the book contains historic photographs and stories about key entertaining events from Parish life.  

This handsome, hard-covered book produced to the highest quality is an heirloom piece.  Something to be studied with pleasure and returned to again and again.  Brosna is a great parish and it deserves a great book to tell its story.  “The Story of Brosna GAA” is that very book.

The launch of this fabulous book is taking place in The Hall, Brosna on 26th July at 8pm by Kerry legends, Eoin ‘The Bomber’ Liston and Sean Walsh.  Books can be purchased on the night or pre-ordered by contacting Kay Walsh on 087 230 7948.

Pitch and Putt Tournament to honour Danny Broderick a popular son of Castleisland

The Danny Broderick memorial scratch cup now in it’s 9th year takes place this Sunday 21st July at Castleisland pitch & putt course.  

Widely regarded as one of the most talented and unassuming players in Kerry. Danny passed away suddenly on May 13th 2010 playing the game he loved. He loved the game with a burning passion & took great pride in the success of all players club & county. 

The tournament is open to players from all over the country & it shows each year with the massive support it gets from players throughout the country.

Reigning champion Liam o’Donovan from Bruff Co. limerick will be challenging for his third title in a row.Hopefully one of our local lads can put up some challenge this year.

Along with the Danny Broderick memorial cup, there’s the intermediate cup to play for & the Lorna Looney – Brosnan junior cup also kindly sponsored by Paudie Looney & family.

Play will commence at 8.30am and last card will be 2.30pm. Final 18 will commence at 5.00pm approx.

Please come along to support our watch. You will enjoy it. Thanks to everyone for their continued sponsorship and support.