DUCK RACE: ‘The Great Killarney Duck Race’ will raise funds for Kilcummin National School on June 14.


Killarney has a world class horse racing reputation, champion jockeys and trainers are part of the town’s fabric – but now townsfolk can prepare themselves for an alternative event – as Duck Racing is coming to Killarney later this month.

‘The Great Killarney Duck Race’ will raise funds for Kilcummin National School and is ‘con-duck-ted’ by the school’s Parents Association.

The June 14 event, will see hundreds of ducks take on the challenges of the Deenagh River, Port Road, starting at the playground bridge.

Over 300 ducks are expected to enter the race and it promises to be great ‘quack’.

The Parents Association wanted to highlight a current ‘pre-duck-ament’ in the school – so organised this event to raise money to enhance existing facilities and help with the purchase of new equipment for the school.

“We were looking for a fun family event that everyone could enter and enjoy to finish off the school year,” Derek O’Leary, Chairperson of the Kilcummin NS Parents Association, said. “We’ll have a Best Dressed Duck costume prize for someone who makes the effort to go a bit quackers on the evening of the race.”

Fully-fledged racing ducks, with up-to-date ‘me-duck-al’ records are available to buy at Kilcummin Post Office and the Dungeon Bookshop in Killarney. Organisers will also have a pop up shop at the Market Cross tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm – 4pm. Ducks can also be bought from 5.30pm – 6.30pm on the evening of the race too.

The race starts from the bridge at the playground on Port Road, across from the cathedral with the finish line at the bridge near the main entrance to Deenagh Lodge and the Demesne.

Participants can adopt a duck for €5 with first prize a one night family break in Kilkenny.

“It’s also such a good setting to run the race with clear views of the river on both banks of the river, so no excuse for not coming out to cheer on your duck,” Derek, who supports the ed-duck-cation of local children, added.