The news that Killarney has been chosen to host the Irish Open golf tournament next year, has been hailed as a major boost for tourism in Kerry. Killarney’s Killeen course was chosen above rival applicants from Mount Juliet, Fota Island and Baltray, to host the event, which will be held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Killarney last hosted the Open in 1992, when it was won by British golfer Nick Faldo. Mayor of Killarney, Michael Gleeson, said the news couldn’t come at a better time for the town’s business people.
Over the next few weeks, probably one of the longest running events in Irish history is about to take place again! It is the annual “Red Deer Rut” and it has possibly been happening in the mountains and woodlands around Killarney for the nearly 10,000 years (since the end of the last ice-age!).
Stags will be heard bellowing across the lakes and mountains advertising to other stags and hinds that they are there. There will be fierce fighting and clashing of antlers when the stags compete with each other for the females. The rut is an amazing experience to witness and Killarney National Park Education Centre will be offering people an insight in the ecology of red deer and a chance to witness the rut at first hand.
There will be an illustrated talk in the evening of Saturday 17th October at Knockreer House followed by a walk in the demesne. This will be followed by an early morning “Red Deer Rut Ramble” on Sunday 18th.
The cost for the whole weekend is €40 per person and booking for this event is essential as numbers are strictly limited. If you would like further information on this event or any of the other courses the centre runs, please contact Killarney National Park Education Centre on 064 6635960.
This weekend (Friday, 2nd October to Sunday, 4th October 2009) Killarney, Co. Kerry is bracing itself for the influx of Europe’s biggest poker tour ranking event for poker pros. The Ladbrokes.com Irish Poker Festival main event, which will take place in the Irish National Events Centre (I.N.E.C.), has long-since been sold out through a series of online satellites (series of winner-stays-on mini games) and a limited number of direct buy-ins.
With a guaranteed prize pool of €250,000 (which last year reached €416,000) and a top prize of €100,000, the festival will be hotly contested. There are also two side-tournaments on Saturday, 3rd October and Sunday, 4th October for €270 and €150 buy-ins respectively.
The town of Killarney will be awash with high rollers and celebrities alike as Ronnie Whelan, Ken Doherty, Jimmy White, Barry Murphy (Après Match), Shane Lynch and Roy ‘The Boy’ Brindley test their wits against other poker sharks. Live bands and entertainment will take Killarney by storm for the much anticipated weekend, providing a back-drop to the tournament for those who come along to support or who exit early!