To celebrate our oldest regatta and wonderful rowing tradition on the Lakes of Killarney, The Regatta Committee are hosting Killarney Rowing Festival, at O’Mahoney’s Point, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Killarney on Sunday 28th July 2013, commencing at 12 Noon. The unique event also co-insides with ‘The Gathering 2013′ a Tourism Ireland initiative honouring Ireland’s Diaspora and historical and cultural links to Ireland. Killarney’s tourism success owes much to the visit of Queen Victoria to Killarney in 1861.
Both Oxford and Cambridge Boat Clubs have gratefully accepted our invitation and will be joining us on Sunday 28th July 2013 to take part in our Rowing Festival. Flights to Kerry Airport, two nights accommodation, have been kindly funded and sponsored by Tourism Ireland, with Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism generously providing accommodation. The boats will be ready and waiting at the pier at O’Mahoney’s Point, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.
The Killarney Annual Regatta, is now the oldest traditional regatta in the World, steeped in glorious history and raced on Lough Lein, one of the famous Lakes of Killarney. The Annual regatta in now in its 227th year. There are five remaining active clubs in the town and hinterland of Killarney, each operating from various boathouses along the shores of Lough Lein.
via Muckross Drive House B&B
The Rose of Tralee International Festival has announced the addition of a 10k Fun Run which will take place on the morning of Sunday 18th August.It’s expected to attract crowds to the town centre ahead of the day’s parade and air display.This event, organised by Marcus Howlett, will be the first race in the new Kerry’s Eye Tralee International Marathon Race Series, a unique series of races to be held between the 18th August 2013 and the 16th March 2014.The Rose of Tralee International 10K Run will be run through the streets of Tralee, starting in the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre and finishing on Denny Street, taking in Oakpark Road, Rock Street and the Mall.
via 10K Fun Run for Rose of Tralee Festival.
A Kerry woman has collected €500,000 at the National Lottery offices. She won the prize in last Friday’s Euromillions plus draw, with a €3 quick pick ticket bought in Spar on the Oakpark Road in Tralee. The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, was accompanied by her husband. She said that she didn’t check her ticket until Sunday evening, and was told by the shop to contact the National Lottery.
The couple say they plan to use the prize money to pay off their mortgage and do some improvements to their house, as well as taking a holiday.
via Radio Kerry News.
There’s been a 24% drop in the number of planning applications for houses in Kerry during the first two months of this year.
According to figures from the National Housing Construction Index, 39 applications were made in January and February, compared to 51 in the same two months last year; that’s a 24% drop, compared to the national average of 3%. Planning commencements in Kerry also dropped during the same period, down 4%, performing better than the national average that has fallen by 14%.
A Kerry County Councillor says the speed limits should be displayed alongside signs for speed camera zones. It comes as more stretches of road are added to the speed camera network. There are now 727 Go Safe or speed camera zones across the country. 243 zones were recently added, however, following more up to date collision date Gardai opted to remove 34 areas. 10 zones have been added in Kerry.
The new speed camera zones in Kerry:
- R552 Aghanagran Lower to Ballyline West,
- R551 Rahoonagh to Gortagurrane West,
- R551 Ballymacquin Lower to Buncurrig,
- N22 Curraglass to Drominaharee,
- R551 Knockanush West to Clashaphuca,
- R555 Knockaderreen to Craggane,
- N70 Tullig Beg to Laharan,
- N21 Ballyseedy to Ballymacthomas,
- N70 Lacka to Claddanure East and crossing the border into Limerick,
- N21 Ahane in Kerry to Kilkinlea Lower in Limerick.
via Radio Kerry News
Local filmmakers Tommy Fitzgerald and Patrick Ryan are currently in preproduction for ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’, their first feature film project which they are producing under their company, Lagoon Pictures.
The film centres around Cleo Callahan, a troubled teenage sharpshooter who strives to avenge the death of her estranged sister after she is found murdered in a public bathroom. Unbeknownst to Cleo, her best and only friend Robin O’Riley is the murderer she has sworn to kill. The script has already won several international awards and Patrick got several offers from major production companies who wanted to produce the film. However, Patrick and Tommy decided to go it alone and make the film themselves under Lagoon Pictures and shoot it the way it was originally envisioned in county Kerry.
In order to raise the money to make this project Patrick and Tommy have launched an online funding campaign which can be found here - www.indiegogo.com/darknessfilm
It’s hoped that work will begin on a new extension to the Palliative Care Unit of Kerry General Hospital, later this year.
Fundraisers with the Kerry Hospice have already raised €3 million of the €4.5 million cost of the new unit, which will include 15 en suite single rooms for patients with terminal illnesses. Architects will visit the site within the next fortnight, with planning permission being lodged and tenders being sought as soon as possible afterwards. Nursing Manager with the Suiamhneas Palliative Care Unit, Mari O’Connell, says the new facility will make a huge difference to both staff and patients at the hospice
via Radio Kerry.