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GAA Qualifiers Round 2

2 Jul

Here is the draw for round 2 of the ALL Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers:

Kerry GAA

Kerry GAA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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300 Volunteers needed for the ‘Kerryman’ Dingle Marathon

6 Aug

300 volunteers are needed for the Kerryman Dingle Marathon, which is set to take place Saturday September 4th 2010.

An estimated 3,000 runners are expected to line up race morning, and the Dingle marathon organisers are seeking people to sign up for a variety of duties that need to be filled on the day. Last year the inaugural Dingle Marathon received huge support from the community and this year the organisers are hoping to see the locals out in full force again. All volunteers will receive a special Dingle marathon t-shirt and the ‘friendliest volunteer’ will win two nights B&B in the Skelligs Hotel.

“One of the best things about the marathon taking place on a Saturday is that it allows families and friends to have the opportunity to volunteer together” said Tadhg Moriarty, Event Director and volunteer coordinator. There are plenty of opportunities, ensuring that there is truly a volunteering opportunity for everyone.

Volunteers are needed to help with everything from the pre-race setup of the starting and finish lines, registration, and manning water stations to chip removal at the finish line and clean up.

If you are interested in volunteering in this year’s Dingle marathon please call Tadhg on 066 9796898 or email him at tadhg@approved.ie.

Kerryman Dingle Marathon

23 Jun

The “Kerryman Dingle Marathon” 2010 has attracted huge overseas interest with 32% of the marathons current entries hailing from countries from as far as New Zealand, Malaysia and the United States. Taking place on the 4th of September, close to 1,000 runners have already registered for the marathon, and by race day this figure is expected to hit over 3,500 participants, bringing in an estimated €1.5 million in extra revenue to the area.

The course will see athletes partake in a unique run passing beautiful scenery, idyllic villages and historical sites, providing a natural lift of spirit for all the runners. This year the “Kerryman Dingle Marathon” is offering its participants the choice of the full marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) or new to this year, the Ultra marathon (50 miles). The Ultra marathon will be held as the National 50 mile title and is an International Association of Ultra Runners labelled event. Over half of the runners registered for the Ultra are travelling from the UK, showing the increase in this type of running in our neighbouring country.

According to Race Director Ken Dunne “the marathon taking place on a Saturday rather than a Sunday has been a huge factor in the high numbers of overseas competitors. The feedback we received from runners last year was amazing – they were delighted to be able to participate in all the extra activities and side events that we organised for the entire weekend. This year we’re doing it bigger and better ranging from surprises on the course, to the Denny BBQ and Pasty Party’s with guest speaker Mark Pollock.

Entries for all distances are currently open and runners can register on www.dinglemarathon.ie. All are welcome to run on behalf of a charity of their choice or one of the charities currently involved with the marathon.

Rally of the Lakes 2010

28 Apr

The Killarney Rally of the Lakes returns to Killarney once again this May Bank Holiday weekend. Here is a brief overview of the schedule:

Mechanical Scrutiny:
From 12.00 Friday 30th April 2010

Start of First Leg of Rally:
09.00 Saturday 1st May 2010

Finish of First Leg:
20.00 Saturday 1st May 2010

Start of Second Leg:
07.45 Sunday 2nd May 2010

Finish of Second Leg:
17.20 Sunday 2nd May 2010

Publication of Final Results:
8pm Sunday 2nd May 210

Prize Giving:
10pm Sunday 2nd May 2010

Killarney Rugby Club refused planning permission

9 Mar

An ambitious project by a sports club has been shot down by Kerry County Council. The council has refused Killarney Rugby Club planning permission to establish a new base in Kilcummin. Killarney Rugby Club’s plans for the site at Inchycullane, Kilcummin included building a sports hall as well as developing three pitches – one of which was to be all weather – as well as flood lighting and parking. However, the local authority refused permission because of concerns over percolation, the development’s nearness to an area of archaeological interest and issues over sight lines. Sightlines relate to road safety – they are the lines of vision available from a proposed or existing entrance onto a public road.

Chairman of Killarney Rugby Club, Liam McGuire says they are looking at several options, including the possibility of appealing to An Bord Pleanála. Since 1993, the club has been leasing land from the HSE and by agreement with the health authority; it must leave the grounds in Ballydribeen by August.

via Radio Kerry News.

Irish Seniors Open in Ballybunion

3 Jun

Arts, Sports and Tourism Minister, Martin Cullen, is in Kerry this morning to launch the Irish Seniors Open golf tournament. It’s taking place in Ballybunnion golf course this weekend, and is expected to provide a welcome boost to tourism in north Kerry.

The competition is part of the European Seniors tours, and will attract two former Ryder Cup captains, Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam.

Heavy rain cancels Tralee’s farewell

3 Oct

The curtain may not have come down on racing at Tralee just yet, but the track at Ballybeggan Park faces a highly uncertain future.

Rain wrecked the Festival meeting in August and while a fixture was resurrected this week, today’s final card was abandoned due to waterlogging after torrential overnight rain. There is a chance the fixture could still be held later in the week, but the long-term plan is cloudy.

The Irish Planning Board turned down the request from a property consortium to redevelop the site, but Tralee’s shareholders are still to hold an annual general meeting to decide if they want to keep the course open.