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.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club weekly update

Congratulations to Denis O’Connor who won the A3/A4 Raparee road race on Saturday evening last in Dundrum Co.Tipperary to claim the Raparee Cup. Well done to the Dan Murphy, Sean Dineen John O’Sullivan and Anthony Tancred who also competed in the A3/A4 race while Richard Cleverly was in action in the A1/A2 race.
Two weeks to go to the Sliabh Luachra Youth races in Knocknagree with €1,000 prize fund. Thanks to The Big Little Bike Shop, Roca Sports, PI Cycles and Circle K Rathmore for their generous sponsorship of the races. We will be honouring 5 former members of the club who sadly are no longer with us in the day with commerative perpetual cups, namely Willie Reen, Paud O Leary, Gary O Leary, Andy Davies and John Fleming.
A large number of Club Members undertook the route of the Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club sportive on Bank Holiday Monday last. It is a slightly modified route this year and special mention to   Donie Kelleher and Anthony Tancred for the route design. Training for both Juveniles and Adults continues this week.
For residents of Gneeveguilla and Knocknagree there will be slight traffic delays on: Thursday 13th June, SLCC are hosting the second round of the Kerry County League race in Gneeveguilla- Race starts at 6:45 pm and will be finished for 8:30 pm.
On Sunday 16th June we have our Junior race in Knocknagree starting at 10: and will be finished for around 2:30 pm. Thank you for your co-operation for these events.

Eily’s Report – 4th June

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We have to be thankful that our  Bank Holiday weekend went off with no injuries nor traffic accidents to report, in spite of heavy traffic and the silage season in full swing. Buíochas le Dia.

The highlight of the weekend of course was the landing of

Irish Community Rapid Response(ICRR)

Air Ambulance Helicopter in our Town Park on Sunday afternoon.  Members of the service were on hand to explain details of the service and all were invited into the grounds to get a closer look at the beautiful shiny yellow bird which will be based at Rathcoole as soon as the Government gives  it their final sanction.And we are all asked to lobby the Minister for Health, Mr. Simon Harris and urge him to give the service the official go-ahead as soon as possible.

The landing was backed up by a convoy of HDV, which formed a semi circle around the helicopter. There was a lively question and answer session and details of every aspect of  the interior of the craft were explained as well as running costs etc.

Based at Rathcoole Aerodrome ICRR are a charity committed to providing safe, effective and timely emergency medical care to those seriously ill or injured in Ireland through the provision of a network of Volunteer Doctors, RR Vehicles and a dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical  Service (HEMS)that are tasked through the 999/112 call system .

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Eily’s Report – 28th May

 

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Many congratulations to our Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Group on reaching their fortieth anniversary. They celebrated the event at a gala ball at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Saturday night and while others reveled to the sounds of  Rod Steward at Pairc U Caoimh our youngsters thrilled us with beautiful Trad Music, dancing and singing , with a few All Ireland  Champions among them. People like the late Jerry Gleeson and Neil Healy were recalled as being amongst  founders of this great organisation which has done so much for our Irish Culture and for our young people over the years.  It’s in good hands now and long may it continue to flourish. Well done to all involved.

 

And to get back to Rod Stewart, it was an extra thrill for the fans to see the World winning  Cullen Pipe Band on stage with the great artiste. Heartiest congratulations to Connie Houlihan and his members on this great scoop.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club weekly update

Our juvenile Racers were in Greenmount, Limerick Racecourse once again on Friday last competing in the third and final round of a three week league. Well done to all our competitors and in particular those starting out, who completed competitively for the first time during the three weeks (Abaigh Dennehy and Jamie Kelly).

The first round of the Kerry County Road Race league took place in Beaufort on Thursday last with a number of strong performances including Denis O Connor and Ben Murphy finishing in the Top 6 of the scratch race which included the top adult talent in the county. Aidan Morley and Dinny Murphy made the top six in the Under 14 race with Kate Murphy, Sean P Fleming, Keenan Dennehy and Nicholas Buckley doing likewise in the Under 12 race. A special mention to Ciaran Finnegan who took a nasty fall in Beaufort which will keep him out of action for a few weeks. The second week of Fermoy Cycling Club Hennessy Cycles Summer League (for both adults and juveniles) was on Tuesday last, with rounds on every Tuesday for the Summer months. Thanks to all the parents who supported the club in travelling to the races over the past few weeks.

Training for Juveniles interested in either leisure or competitive cycling continues every Saturday at 9am.

Well done to all members who cycled the scenic Ring of Beara on Saturday. Some enjoyed it so much that they are already committing to next year’s event. Last Sunday morning’s club spin had two groups out both cycled a 100km. Our “couch to Ring of Kerry” group are well on schedule for an epic day on the day of the event.

The Sliabh Luachra Club Sportive takes place on 30th June next with 3 routes to choose from – a 105km or a 75km challenge, following the same route as last year and a family focussed 20km route. The cycle starts at 9am from Teach Iosagain Rathmore – plenty time to get the training in yet!

Eily’s Report – 21st May

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There was a great attendance at the Community Council meeting on Tuesday night. The extension and refurbishment of our Youth Complex came up for discussion but as there was no reply from the Architect there was no new development.

A sub-committee has been formed by the council to take over the staging of a family Fun Day at the end of July, and some funding  was allotted to them to help get the project off the ground.

Our Tidy Towns Committee are looking for your help right now as the planting season is in full swing.  Contact Noreen Dennehy and Patricia Randals  on 087 617 67 22 if you are available to help.  Both men and women are needed.  So please give them a ring and be ready to get stuck in and don’t leave it all to Girl Power. They have added some permanent planting to their program which will improve or simplify their work in future.

Following a break last week our Bowls Club will resume again  at the Wallis Arms Hotel on tomorrow Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. Organised  jointly by the Active Retired Group and the Men’s Shed.  They invite everybody along but for Insurance reasons only those who are members of bowling clubs  can play. This problem can be overcome very easily by becoming a member. So do drop in and see if a game of Bowls is the hobby for you.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club weekly update

Well done to everyone who cycled the Humpy 100 in Killorglin on Saturday. A challenging route but always a good day out. Good turnout at the club spin Sunday morning. We had three groups out, something for everyone. Well done to our “Couch to ROK” group. They cycled 80 km via the County Bounds.

The Sliabh Luachra Club Sportive takes place on 30th June next with 3 routes to choose from – a 105km or a 75km challenge.  The cycle starts at 9am from Teach Iosagain Rathmore – plenty time to get the training in yet!

Well done to Sean Dineen on his strong performance in round 1 of the Kerry County Time Trial league.

Our juvenile Racers were in Greenmount, Limerick Racecourse once again on Friday last competing in the second round of a three week league. In total we had 10 juveniles taking part which is very encouraging for the clubs future – The final round of the league is on this Friday with a number of podium places to be decided on. Congratulations to Denis O Connor, Ben Murphy, Dinny Murphy, Kate Murphy, Nicholas Buckley and Keenan Dennehy who made the scoresheet in The Fermoy Cycling Club Hennessy Cycles Summer League on Tuesday last and well done to all the SLCC competitors. Thanks to all the parents who supported the club in travelling to the races over the past few weeks.

Training for Juveniles interested in either leisure or competitive cycling continues every Saturday at 9am.

Eily’s Report – 14th May

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The fine spell goes on and  spirits are rising more with every sunny day .And all those who took part in the Darkness into Light walk were compensated for their efforts by the Heaven Sent Dawn of that day. Very few homes in the country were without a representative walking for this great cause in aid of suicide prevention and we pray that the outcome will bear fruit a hundred fold. The crowds get bigger every year and it’s becoming a fact that if you do it once you’ll never miss it again.

The Monthly meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms tonight starting at nine, all members please attend.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club weekly update

Our juvenile Racers were in Greenmount, Limerick Racecourse on Friday last competing in the first round of a three week league. This is a great opportunity for kids to get involved in racing in a safe traffic free environment using the 2km track outside the race course. We were represented in all age groups with Abbey Dennehy taking to the track for her first race at under 10 level. Well done to all our competitors. Keenan Dennehy, Nicholas Buckley and Kate Murphy (3rd) featured in the Under 12 race with Daniel Bradley, Aidan Morley(3rd) and Dinny Murphy (1st) in the Under 14 event. Finally Ciaran Finnegan (3rd) and Ben Murphy (1st) took on the under 16 event. Well done to all the participants and good luck over the coming two weeks as the league points are accumulated to determine the overall positions. Congratulations to Ben Murphy on making the six man U16 Irish team for next week races in Shrewsbury, UK. Hard luck to Amy Fleming on missing out on the U14 girls Irish team for next week due to a crash last week that put her out of Kanturk which was last selection race. But watch this space she will be back……. The Fermoy Cycling Club Hennessy Cycles Summer League starts this week and will every Tuesday night for the Summer with races for adults and Juveniles. Well done to all the Club members, young and not so young, who took part in the Twin Peaks challenge organised by Killarney Cycling Club on Sunday last and well done to Killarney for organising such a well-run event and some club members did the remembering Zoe cycle in Abbeyfeale.

Preparations are ongoing for the Inaugural Sliabh Luachra CC Youth Races for Juniors, U16, U14 & U12 Boys & Girls on June 16th at Knocknagree. Launch of The Sliabh Luacra Cycling Club Sportive will take place on Tuesday 14th in Teach Iosagain special Guests Aidan O’Mahony Donnacha O’Connor and Michelle Finn. The sportive is on 30th June next with 3 routes to choose from.

Training for Juveniles interested in either leisure or competitive cycling continues every Saturday at 9am.

Eily’s Report – 7th May

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Our weekend kicked off with a wonderful art exhibition, in honour of Feile na Bealtaine.  Organised by our Active Retired Group.  Maura Walshe of IRD Duhallow came to officially open the event. And the quality of the exhibits was tantamount to the great talents that are lying in people,until they are given the help to develop them. And Ms. Walshe had nothing but praise for the group leaders for their work not just in art but for their many other fulfilling  and worthwhile activities.The May Bank Holiday weekend was something of a record-breaker. The long hours of nonstop sunshine gave everybody the urge to make the most of their time off, in the wide open spaces.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club Weekly Update

Busy week for the Club kicking off with Benny O Dea, Cathal Bradley, Dan Murphy and Denis O Connor completing the “Cycle against Suicide” from Killarney to Mallow on Thursday last. Thanks for Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra for supporting this initiative.

Paudie Keane, Pat MacAuliffe, Hannah O Connor and Mike Casey attended the West Limerick Endurance 125 in Monagea on Saturday last where Paudie completed the course in the quickest time. The club spin took on the Nadd Windmillls, always a challenging route on Sunday last. Well done to our “Couch to Ring of Kerry” group, they cycled their first 70 km and enjoyed the scenery from St John’s Well on Mushera Mountain.

Busy weekend for the Club racers with the Kanturk Three Day on over the Bank Holiday weekend. The juveniles were first off on Saturday morning with a stage race on the Freemount /Newmarket/Kanturk loop followed by a Time Trial in the afternoon. Sunday was a further stage race on loops of the Kanturk /Mallow Road loop. This race attracts the best underage talent in the country to what is a well-orchestrated event by O Leary Stone Kanturk Cycling Club. Sean P Fleming was the top unplaced under 11 in two stages with Ben Murphy winning the final under 16 stage on Sunday morning in three way sprint up Hospital Hill in Kanturk. Well done to all the juveniles who took part and special mention to Amy Fleming who took a nasty fall on the first stage Saturday morning but was back on Sunday to shout on her teammates. In the Adult section Anthony Tancred had a very popular 3rd place in the first stage of the A4 Race with Richard Cleverly finishing 5th on the TT stage and 7th overall in the overall General Classification on the A2/A3 Section. All in all a very strong weekend for the club in Kanturk. Well done to Danny Curtin and his team for the organisation and thanks to the SLCC parents who helped out marshalling over the weekend Preparations are ongoing for the Inaugural Sliabh Luachra CC Youth Races for Juniors, U16, U14 & U12 Boys & Girls on June 16th at Knocknagree SLCC Sportive is on 30th June next with 3 routes to choose from. Training for Juveniles interested in either leisure or competitive cycling continues every Saturday at 9 am.

Tomorrow evening, 2nd May at 8.30pm – 9pm Áine will be holding an evening for people to register to vote

“Tomorrow evening, 2nd May at 8.30 pm – 9 pm Áine will be holding an evening for people to register to vote in the upcoming elections.
If you have not yet registered pop along to Áine’s office on Main Street in Millstreet to fill out the registration form.
The closing date is 6th May.”

Eily’s Report – 30th April

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Tomorrow Wednesday is the first of the Merry Month of May, and by all accounts it promises to be a scorcher. The year so far has been like the doctor ordered it. Early growth, sunny days and nights of welcome rain until  Hurricane Hannah hit the country  last Friday. The warnings of red and yellow, sent us all into a frenzy battering down the hatches and fixtures were cancelled all over the place.

 

And come it did just as severe as the experts said it would, but when we got up next morning it was as if it never happened. There was no great damage to be seen. We were so lucky around here, because in other places, they did suffer a lot of damage, trees down and thousands of people were without power for days, but  best all, there was no loss of life.   It only goes to show the quality of our homes and places today. In the past places would be strewn with debris after a storm and in some cases, roofs of houses, and sheds blown down. By and large, we are well prepared to stand up to the challenges of today’s weather.  Baoichas le Dia.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club weekly update

The long evenings and decent weather is providing a great opportunity for both the Couch to Ring of Kerry group and the leisure cyclists within the club to get some decent spins in, including some undertaking the Ride Dingle Sportive and the sportive in Killavullen on Sunday last. One of the key local leisure sportives is the Twin Peaks Challenge on 12th May next organised by Killarney CC.
Our annual Tour of Sliabh Luachra will take place on June 30th at 9:00am from Teach Iosagain.

A group of 12 juveniles and 7 adults took part in the 54th Annual John Drumm Memorial Cup races in Currow last Sunday. Days like this the Club bus really pays off. This was the biggest representation SLCC had at any race to date and bodes well for the future. Four of our juveniles came home with placings, Sean P Fleming, Nicholas Buckley, Amy Fleming and Kate Murphy. Keenan Dennehy had his first day out racing – we had a few mechanicals and punctures along the way for good measure – well done to John Breen and his team at Currow CC for providing such an array of events at all juvenile levels.

From an adult racing perspective it’s great to see Paudie Keane and Sean Dineen back racing in Currow. Anthony Tancred, Johnny R O Sullivan, Richard Cleverly, Denis O Connor and Dan Murphy all rode well and finished safely in their various races.

Next week the racing focus moves to the Kanturk 3 day – with racing for Juveniles and Adults kicking off on Saturday.

Preperations are ongoing for the Inaugural Sliabh Luachra CC Youth Races for Juniors, U16, U14 & U12 Boys & Girls on June 16th at at Knocknagree.

Training for Juveniles interested in either leisure or competitive cycling continues every Saturday at 9am.

Red Cross National Volunteers Awards

Congratulations to Margaret Crean, Dromsicane on receiving the prestigious award as Runner-up in the Health and Social Care Volunteer of the Year section, in this year’s Red Cross National Volunteer’s Award in Croke Park on the 27th April.

(Pictured here with her son John, his partner Laima, grandson Nathan and Jason Sherlock) 


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Eily’s Report – April 16th

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The fine weather ran out for many of our weekend events here in Millstreet, but it’s a well-known fact that when the going gets though, the tough gets going. The organisers of our weekend Feile Cheoil excelled themselves in putting up posters etc. in wind and rain, to let the people know that a few days and nights of traditional entertainment was about to begin, and the gala Ceili on Saturday night at the Wallis Arms was just the place to make you forget the raging elements outside. There were winners and losers at the various competitions but the wonderful music by the popular “Conifers “, turned the Hotel Ballroom into a place of real Traditional music, and joy.

Meanwhile at the other end of Town we had an extravanza of classical music and singing provided in our beautiful St. Patrick’s Parish Church, when the mighty voices of the Duhallow Choral Society and The Kerry Choral Union joined forces to raise funds for our Local Community Hospital. In excess of 100 voices made up the cast who filled the Sanctuary to its limit. Our church took on a cathedral-like appearance filled with light and colour and atmosphere. The very large crowd was held spellbound by their enchanting repertoire which went on non-stop, for the most of one and a half hours.

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club weekly notes

Many thanks to the people of Millstreet for their generous contributions at our Church gate collections Saturday evening and Sunday morning, it is very much appreciated.

A very exciting Easter weekend in store for the club with SLCC tackling Ras Mumham – a four day event covering the toughest terrain Kerry has to offer.
Best of luck to the team of Richard Cleverly, Donie Kelleher, Johnny R O Sullivan along with guest riders Richard O Brien (Blarney CC) and Tom Shanahan (Limerick CC).
Denis O Connor and Dan Murphy’s are heading to Gorey for the Easter weekend riding as part of a Munster Selection Team.
Young Denis O Connor continues his rich vein of form, with a 3rd place finish in last Sunday’s Donal Crowley Memorial A3 race in Blarney. Denis was in a group of 4 that got away in atrocious conditions and was pipped by two O’Leary Stone Kanturk riders in a tight sprint finish.
Well done also to Richard Cleverly who came 10th in the A1/A2 Section of the race.
The juveniles headed to Drogheda last weekend for the superbly organised Ras Na Nog. A three stage event scheduled over 2 days with a HQ in Bellewstown Racecourse. Amy Fleming and Ben Murphy finished in the top 10 overall in their respective categories while Kate Murphy was 3rd overall U12 (Girl).
Overall the SLCC riders performed very well with a number of top 10 finishes.
Training for Juveniles interested in either leisure or competitive cycling continues every Saturday at 9am.
Well done to our club members who took part in Kenmare GAA Fund raising cycle hosted by Kenmare Cycling Club taking in the Caha Pass and Healy Pass.
New members always welcome to both adult or juvenile section of the club-learn to enjoy a great sport and gain some new friends. For further information contact 087-7023562 or the club facebook page

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club Notes

Well done to Denis O Connor, continuing his recent good form with a 5th place finish this weekend in the A3 race in Dungarvan coming with a late sprint and catching the leading breakaway group right at the death. SLCC had a strong adult representation in Dungarvan with Donie Kelleher, Johnny R O Sullivan, Richard Cleverly Anthony Tancred and Dan Murphy all competing well. SLCC had a number of Juveniles kicking off their racing career in Dungarvan with Nicholas Buckley, Ciaran Finnegan and Darragh Dennehy all experiencing the racing buzz for the first time and all competing well Our U14 Team raced well with Amy Fleming 2nd in the girls category while Sean Hurley, Aidan Morley and Dinny Murphy finishing well up in the group of the boys race. Ben Murphy made the podium in the U16 race finishing 3rd in the uphill sprint finish. Kate Murphy finished 3rd in the combined under 12 race All in all a very enjoyable day in Dungarvan with SLCC competitive across the full day. Denis O Connor and Dan Murphy’s recent form see them selected for a Munster Team in the Gorey 3 Day race over Easter. The juveniles head to Drogheda next weekend for the weekend long Ras Na Nog while the adults are in Blarney. Training for Juveniles interested in either leisure or competitive cycling continues every Saturday at 9 am

Well done to our club members who did the Ballyfinnane Charity Cycle in aid of Ballyfinnane National Schoole last Saturday.

There was a good turnout in sunny Barraduff for our club spin on Sunday morning.  Four groups set off at different paces and distances.

New members always welcome to both adult or juvenile sections of the club-learn to enjoy a great sport and gain some new friends. For further information contact 087-7023562 or the club Facebook page.