Saturday 23 August 2014

Ring and Rebel clash to pack Killarney

Published 03/07/2013 | 05:36

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Catherine Coffey and George McSweeney, Chairman Killarney Credit Union, presenting sponsorship for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle to (centre) the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Chairman Tim O'Brien at Killarney Credit Union on Tuesday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Kevin Hughes

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ALL roads will lead to Killarney this weekend with two blue chip events guaranteeing a bumper bonanza for the local hospitality industry.

On Saturday, Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle welcomes 8,500 cyclists for the 30th anniversary of the event which last year raised a staggering €842,000. Predictions are that money raised this year could top €1m and returning this year will be Taoiseach Enda Kenny who will be joined by ministers Leo Varadkar and Jimmy Deenihan as well MEP Sean Kelly and Deputy Brendan Griffin.

There's also an action packed weekend of events planned around the anniversary celebrations with the Killarney Cycling Expo and entertainment in the New Street Car Park from 4pm to 9pm on Friday evening. .

On Saturday morning the official start is at 7.30am on Mission Road but cyclists can start from as early as 6am to beat the crowd.

The official after-party in the New Street Car Park will include samba dancers, Killarney Scorchers Cheerleaders, live music from The Foggy Dew and Truly Diverse, as well as a barbecue and street performers.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, almost 40,000 football fans will descend on the town to watch Munster's big two, Kerry and Cork, clash in the Munster Football Final. Fitzgerald Stadium will be close to capacity for the big game and with both sides largely untested in this year's championship, the stakes will certainly be high.


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