Exiles: A journey through Ireland from Beara to Ballycastle

In August 2018, after walking the gruelling 700 mile Ireland Way, Dermot Breen finally arrived at his late wife’s graveside in Ballycastle, honouring a solemn promise to complete the walk in her memory and also to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The journey took Omagh born and Belfast based writer, Dermot, over nine weeks to complete – six weeks walking and over three weeks recovering from injury, and included a night in Millstreet along the way. He has now told his fascinating story in his latest book, ‘Exiles: A journey through Ireland from Beara to Ballycastle’….

“… standing in the River Blackwater at the Bowing crossing, cooling my feet after a long day’s walk. I stayed with the wonderful Eileen O’Riordan while in Millstreet”

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club weekly notes

Another busy week kicked off with the club adult and juvenile members taking on the Sliabh Luachra Sportive route on Bank Holiday Monday last. Both the 80 and 105 routes were undertaken and successfully completed. On the 30th of June as part of the Sliabh Luacra Sportive a 20k cycle will take Place in Memory of Willie Reen and Paud O ‘Leary. This is suitable for people of all abilities start time 9:00 and refreshments in Teach Iosagain afterwards. Plenty of time to get some training in.

This weeks competitive action included Round 2 of the Kerry County League Hill climb with Denis O Connor and Dan Murphy competing. Denis, who is in great form at present, wrapped up the weeks activities with a very credible 5th position in the Collins Cycling Centre A3 race in Boherlahan Co. Tipperary on Sunday.

The juveniles traveled to Birdhill on Saturday last to compete in the Munster Time Trial championships. The Fleming family scooped two Munster medals with Amy silver in the Girls Under 14 and Sean P bronze in the Boys under 11.

Busy week on the local front with the club holding Round 3 of the Kerry County League in Gneeveguilla on Thursday night and the inaugural Sliabh Luachra Youth races in Knocknagree on Sunday next. As part of our Youth Races we are very proud to be honouring 5 former members of the club who sadly are no longer with us in the day with commemorative perpetual cups, namely Willie Reen, Paud O Leary, Gary O Leary, Andy Davies and John Fleming. There will be some traffic disruption on both Thursday evening and Sunday and the Club would like to thank locals in advance for their support and patience.

The leisure members of the club supported the Twomey Sportive in Rockchapel, The Valley Cycle in Fossa, Killarney and The Wicklow 200 on Sunday. Training for both Juveniles and Adults continues this week.

Wonderfully Successful Fundraising Quiz For Fisherman Supreme Luke

On Friday, 7th June 2019 a wonderfully successful fundraising Quiz was held at McCarthy’s Bar, Millstreet.  Special thanks to Joanne & Staff for creating such a welcoming atmosphere for all attending the very enjoyable Quiz superbly devised by Question Master supreme – Liam Flynn – assisted by Kathleen Flynn.   The Poster below explains the praiseworthy purpose of the Quiz:

Here we share not only images from the Quiz but also pictures which Luke’s father, Billy, has made available showing some of the awards already won by the splendidly talented Fisherman – Luke O’Donoghue.  There was tremendous support for the event and Thomas Galvin was especially praised for his promotional work.   One of our images below just illustrates the large number of prizes presented for the Draw.

We wish Luke every success in the forthcoming World Youth Fly Fishing Championships in the Czech Republic in August 2019.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

And there was even a prize for the most original name chosen by a Team – won by this Group: [read more …] “Wonderfully Successful Fundraising Quiz For Fisherman Supreme Luke”