Athletes scale heights of Lyre

It's great craic to cycle, and even a bit of a thrill in a car, but running it? Not so much fun.

But scaling the hill in Lyre certainly made the accomplishment of the recent Dan Paddy Andy Festival 5k/10k race all the more special for the numerous athletes taking part.

And it enjoyed greater subscription than ever before in 2019 with runners coming from near and far to test their mettle against the hilly country of Lyreacrompane.

"The 10k Run took the participants by way of Renagown Crossroads, the site of Dan Paddy dancehall from the 1930s to the 60's, down to the Ivy Bridge, a place well known to the late John B Keane, followed by the steepest climb in any road-race in North Kerry," organiser Joe Harrington said. Lixnaw's James Gavin won the men's, with Listowel's Rachel Stokes winning the women's.