KMEG were delighted to hear that Kerry County Council have signed contracts for approximately thirteen acres of Social and Amenity land known locally as the Peninsula land. The campaign to get access to this land has been long and frustrating. I would like to thank all of the Peninsula Action Group who have worked tirelessly to reach this goal. This land will make a huge difference to the town with more access to the sea shore and also a beautiful large area to develop loop walks for us all to enjoy. The next course of action is to get copies of maps and see exactly what land is covered
in the thirteen acres, once we have that and can see access points etc. we can start thinking about what we would like to see there. Everyone will have an opinion and it is important that every voice is heard. The hard work is far from over but we have come a long way. A lot of people are asking about the rest of the fifty acres of land and to that I can only say I don’t know! The only thing we have been made aware of from the receiver is that the contract with Kerry County Council has been signed. So
onwards and upwards as they say. We have reached the hill and now we must climb it!
We were very sad to see that the Feile Neidin festival did not go ahead this year. Kenmare’s festivals are run by voluntary committees and without new blood coming on board it is hard to sustain the momentum needed to bring a festival together. KMEG would like to thank all the committee that worked tirelessly on the festival over the years and we hope that after a break they, along with some new people will be able to bring the festival back.
We have a number of great events happening in May. First up we have the SWOT weekend in the Eclipse Centre (064 668 2965). SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunity and Tenacity on the 4 th -6 th of May. This weekend is organised in conjunction with Howard Hughes, the author of ‘Titan Thinking for Small Business’. Howard while best known for his life coaching and executive
coaching is also a firewalk instructor. Yes, that is right firewalking! So if you would like to get out of a rut or just see if you can really exert your mind over your body this is definitely the weekend for you.
Check out http://howardhughesinternational.com/event/the-swot- weekend for more details.
The second Wild Atlantic Challenge (WAC) takes place on the 12th May, 2018. There are 5 new courses set out for this year. Distances of 10km, 20km and 30Km are on offer for all multi craft boats, kayaks, canoes or paddle boards and a further 2 courses of 10km and 15km distances for Kayaks & Canoes only. These courses are designed by white water kayaking coach Colin Wong. Colin is also one half of the exciting new Emerald Outdoors kayak tours enterprise (www.emeraldoutdoors.ie). Details on how to book your space or just to find out where you can watch the excitement can be found on www.wackenmare.com.
The 4 th annual Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on Saturday 26 th of May when the people of Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula will welcome over 4000 cyclists from all over Ireland and around the globe for this highly popular event. All levels of fitness are catered for with the option of doing 110km or 140km around the spectacular Beara peninsula. Cyclists will get to embrace the unspoiled beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way and experience the magnificent scenery of the mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara peninsula. Funds raised by this year’s Ring of Beara Cycle will
go towards helping 6 local charities. The number of charities receiving donations has risen in order to help as many benefit from the event as possible.