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  • WHATS ON guide to events andfestivals plus 2 useful maps inside

    50 Things to see and do 13

    5-7 JuneKillarney BeerFe

    st. Treat yourself to a selection o

    f heavenly brews

    at the inaugural Killarney Beer Fes

    tival at the INEC. The best of Irish

    craft brewers will descend upon K

    illarney so dont forget your beer

    goggles and prepare to be convert

    ed. Live music acts include Picture

    House and Jerry Fish.

    19-21 JuneKillarney Walkin

    g Festival. This will offer a gloriou

    s opportunity to

    enjoy a guided trek through the g

    reat outdoors with experts on ha

    nd to lead participants

    through easy, moderate or more

    difficult climbs of the spectacular

    mountains to celebrate

    the ancient ritual of the Summer

    Solstice. And when the descent is

    completed, its party

    time. 27/28 JuneKillarney Festiva

    l of Music and Food. Thousands w

    ill throng Killarney

    House at Knockeer to sample som

    e culinary delights and great com


    while enjoying a live, open air mu

    sic show featuring household nam


    of the calibre of Duran Duran, Burt

    Bacharach, The Undertones, Jools

    Holland, Texas, The Proclaimers, A

    BC and so many more. Two great


    and nights of fun guaranteed.

    2 JulyFinbarr Furey Co

    ncert. Whether youre Sweet 16 o

    r not, dont miss legendary ballad


    Finbar Furey in concert at the INE


    3/4 JulyKillarney Fourth

    of July Festival. Featuring a gala s

    treet carnival parade,

    can-can girls, a Wild West shoot-o

    ut on the streets, barbecues and

    so much more as Killarney celebra

    tes Independence Day with real

    American-style razzamatazz.

    4 JulyRing of Kerry Ch

    arity Cycle. A great atmosphere w

    ill prevail as over

    10,000 will pack the town to com

    pete in the 180km trek around the

    Ring of Kerry in the biggest single

    event of its kind in the country.

    Nine main charities will benefit a

    nd the event has generated

    millions of euro for good causes s

    ince its inception.

    5 JulyMunster Footbal

    l Final. All eyes will be on Fitzgera

    ld Stadium as one of the biggest g

    ames of

    the year unfolds in one of the mo

    st spectacular venues in the coun


    13-16 JulyKillarney Festiva

    l of Racing. Place your bets for on

    e of the highlights

    of the Irish racing calendar. Four

    days of high-quality racing with

    live entertainment, bumper crow

    ds, a wonderful atmosphere and

    all the glamour and excitement of

    the Queen of Fashion day on

    Thursday, July 16.

    18 JulyRun Killarney Ma

    rathon. Experience the breathtak


    views of the Lakes of Killarney, K

    illarney National

    Park and the Ring of Kerry when

    you choose from a

    full marathon, half marathon or 10

    k route. The races are

    open to everyone, men and wom

    en alike, at all levels of running

    experience, including walkers, ne

    wcomers and people who just wa

    nt a

    challenge and a great day out.

    24-26 JulyKillarney FolkFe

    st. A major new music festival at th

    e INEC that is so high-profile eve


    the legendary Moving Hearts are

    getting together for the occasion

    . Irelands largest

    celebration of peoples music, it w

    ill feature a long-overdue visit of m

    ajor international

    artists as well as young rising sta

    rs to keep spirits high from dusk t

    ill dawn.

    AugustGleneagle Hotel

    Summer Cabaret. The annual cele

    bration of great Irish music will ge


    into full swing in August with top

    quality entertainment on a nightly

    basis, featuring

    legends of the calibre of Dickie Ro

    ck, Brendan Shine, Mike Denver, R

    ed Hurley, The Wolfe

    Tones, Brendan Bowyer, Foster an

    d Allen and Bagatelle.

    19-22 AugustKillarneys Autum

    n Racing Festival. It will feature 2

    9 races over the

    four days, with a prize fund of ove

    r 400,000 on offer which is sure

    to attract quality runners from Ire

    land and the UKs top stables. Th


    first three days of racing are all ev

    ening meetings and the Saturday

    will feature Ladies Day with the be

    autiful and the stylish all out to

    impress the judges to win a fabulo

    us prize and the coveted title of

    best dressed lady.

    22 AugustLong Distance Tr

    iathlon. Test yourself to the limit

    on the most amazing triathlon cou


    in Ireland. A 3.8km swim on the L

    akes of Killarney is followed by a

    180km bike ride on

    the fabulous Ring of Kerry and the

    n a 42.2km run in the Knockreer D

    emesne in Killarney

    National Park.

    29 AugustThe Wrong Way

    Round Cycle Festival. From a star

    ting point at the Gleneagle

    Hotel, competitors will set off on

    a gruelling cycle around the Ring

    of Kerry

    in reverse. Turning the traditional

    route on its head, the big charity e

    vent will

    also offer a Hard Way Round optio

    n for those who relish a greater ch


    29 AugustHigh Kings Conc

    ert. The rebel rousers will perform

    in cabaret in the INEC.

    3 OctoberKillarney Advent

    ure Race. A one-day multi advent

    ure sports event that gives comp


    the chance to run, hike, cycle and k

    ayak some of the most dramatic, b

    reathtaking and

    remote scenery in the world. Cho

    ose from three courses 70km E

    xpert, 60km Pro or 27km

    Sport and put your skill, fitness

    and stamina to the ultimate test.

    9-10 OctoberNathan Carter W

    eekend. All eyes will be on the IN

    EC, Killarney to see

    country musics brightest star Na

    than Carter and his band as

    they light up the stage with all th

    e classic hits and songs that

    have made him a firm favorite wit

    h Irish audiences and he will

    ensure the wagon wheels keep on


    DecemberChristmas in Kill

    arney Festival. Santas favourite

    place every

    December, the annual festive car

    nival features street parades,

    spectacular lights, festive fun and

    a welcome that would warm the


    rosy cheeks of the man himself.

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    HOW CAN YOU BUY KILLARNEY? Legendary tenor Joseph Locke frequently put the poser in song but, of course, the simple answer is that you just couldnt put a price on a place many consider the most beautiful in the world.Killarney... Beautys Home... Heavens Reflex... call it what you will but it will always be the jewel in Irelands tourism crown, a town fabled in song, story and verse that has drawn gasps of sheer admiration from millions of visitors down through the generations.But Killarney, of course, is about much more than natural beauty. A bustling shopping town, a culinary capital with a rousing pub and entertainment scene and a very unique atmosphere that sets it apart, its no wonder that it is officially ranked Irelands top visitor destination and one of the Top 25 must-visit locations in Europe.

    A very special thanks to award-winning local photographer Valerie OSullivan for supplying many of the wonderful images used in thispublication.www.valerieosullivan.com

    things to see and


    Killarneyand the surrounding area

    Cad mle filte!Hello and welcome to the 2015 edition of 50 things to see and do which is designed to help you have a great time in and around Killarney and the surrounding area. Holidaying here for the first time? Regular visitor? Local? No problem, were sure our varied list of things to see and do will provide ideas for all the family to enjoy. Our guide is written to give you brief suggestions relating to different activities, places and attractions to explore and its ideal for keeping in your hotel room, hire car, home or bag. To help you find your way around, weve included two great maps of Killarney and the sur-rounding area. Each of our adverti