Community news: Killarney

The following list of free events wil take place at Killarney Library for the month of February:

Ciorcal Comhrá: Thursday, February 7, at 6.30pm.

Sewing and Fashion Club: Friday, February 8, at 11am.

Storytime for Children: Saturday, February 9, at 10.30am.

Exhibition of Ruth Conway Art: Monday February 11 to Saturday, February 23. The launch is on Tuesday, February 12, at 6.30pm.

Drama Reading Club: Tuesday, February 12, 6.30pm

Spanish-English Conversation Exchange: Thursday, February 14, at 6.30pm​.

Ciorcal Comhrá: Thursday, February 14, at 6.30pm.

Storytime for Children: Saturday, Feburary 16, at 10.30am​.

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group talk on Iceland expedition: Tuesday, February 19, 7pm.

Evening Book Club: Thursday, February 21, 6.30pm

Ciorcal Comhrá: Thursday, February 21, at 6.30pm. ​

Storytime for Children: Saturday, February 23, at 10.30am.

Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society lecture on The Catholic Church and the War of Independence: Tuesday, February 26, at 7.30pm

Ciorcal Comhrá: Thursday, February 28, at 6.30pm.


Pedal power comes up trumps for Barraduff NS

If you've ever not believed the whole idea of 'pedal power', then look no further than Barraduff National School for proof. Members of the school's Parents' Council recently presented a cheque for €6,000 to the school that will help enhance its facilities.

The money was raised from the annual 80km 'Resource Cycle' held last June, when 200 people took part. The 2019 cycle marks the event's seventh year in operation. It's fair to say that, while some parents take part in the cycle itself, all parents contribute towards making it a success by preparing refreshments and organising the finer details.

The school does not have a hall, so the money will go towards the construction of a large room of 120msq, which will add to the school's overall capacity to host events for the children.

"It's a fantastic event, and while not every parent is on the committee, they all play their part in making sure it's a success," said Claire O'Halloran, Principal and teacher of Barraduff NS.


It’s a national award for Quest Killarney

Elite Event Management, the team behind the hugely popular Quest Killarney event, are celebrating this week after their event 'Quest Killarney' was recently named as the 'Best Outdoor/Adventure Event of 2018' at the national Outsider Awards.

Quest Killarney, which took place last October, saw over 2,000 hardy competitors cycling, running and even kayaking around Killarney National Park.

Race Director Oliver Kirwan was presented the prize by Fiona Monaghan of Fáilte Ireland, sponsors of the category.

"We are over the moon to win this award for Quest Killarney and for the second year in a row a Quest event has taken the title, which we are ecstatic about," said Oliver.

"Our team works hard all year round to deliver world-class events, and this award goes to prove that we're leading the way when it comes to event production in Ireland."

"We're very fortunate to have lots of support locally here in Killarney, where Quest started out as the Killarney Adventure Race back in 2011. But we have spread right across the country since then, and we're looking forward to bringing lots more enjoyable events to our participants in the years ahead. Thanks to Outsider Magazine and Fáilte Ireland for this award and to everyone who voted for us to win," Oliver continued.

Described as an event which has fast become a "firm favourite" on Ireland's adventure calendar, Quest sees competitors taking in some of The Kingdom's best scenery as they traverse Strickeen Mountain, the Gap of Dunloe, Mangerton, Torc and much more besides.

Elite Event Management are celebrating a second national award within a week having topped the 'Editor's Choice 'Event of the Year' category for the Run Killarney half-marathon at the Running in Ireland Awards.


Walking in memory of Brendan on February 17

If last year's walk is anything to go by, then a keeping the afternoon of Saturday, February 17, free is a good idea. The second annual Brendan O'Leary Memorial Fun Walk takes place at 2pm with registration, at €10, beginning at 1.30pm.

Last year's walk raised €3,500 for the Palliative Care Unit at UHK. There will even be fun riddles along the route encouraging walkers to take part in a bit of extra fun. Walkers are asked to meet at Lyreatough, Kilcummin, which is the start and finish point for the walk. There will also be refreshments, spot prizes and a raffle afterwards.

The walk is held in memory of the late Brendan, who died of cancer in February 2014. His wife, Uná, is the organiser of the fun walk and she describes it as a special day involving the whole community.

"Last year was brilliant and it was very successful, raising €3,500 for the Palliative Care Unit. We're hoping to do the same this year," said Uná.

"The walk creates a great atmosphere, and the community really comes together for it. When the walk is finished people can enjoy refreshments like sandwiches and cakes, which are all made locally by neighbours and family," she said.

Everyone is welcome, and for more info, check out the Brendan O'Leary Memorial Fun Walk Facebook page.


Donal at INEC to mark century of performances

Donal Courtney will stage his 100th performance of the highly acclaimed one-man play on the amazing story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty on February 14 at the INEC Acoustic Club.

Nothing beats reaching a milestone before a home audience, and having toured in Malta, North America and Asia, it will be a momentous return home for Donal.

The play, 'God Has No Country', tells of Monsignor O'Flaherty's war-time exploits in Rome. It is a powerful portrayal of the times Monsignor O'Flaherty risked the wrath of the German occupation in Rome to protect those who weremost vulnerable.