By Sean Moriarty

COVID-19 restrictions aside, Killarney is set to get its own Santa Cycle this year.
An event is in the advanced stage of planning and if organisers get the go ahead, it will run on Saturday December 5 and will be based at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in Fossa.

Santa Cycles are a popular fundraiser during the festive season and previous events in Dublin and Cork have, respectively, attracted 600 and 400 cyclists dressed as Santa.

If the event gets off the ground it will be the first time such an event ran in Killarney.

Organisers are awaiting details on what restrictions will be lifted on December 1, just four days before the event.

However, they are also investigating the possibility of running the event in smaller groups of 15 or less and setting these groups off a different intervals.

“The route will be from the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club to Ross Castle and back,” event organiser Dermot McGuckin told the Killarney Advertiser.

The Fossa-based Dubliner has been involved in organising big charity cycles in the past.

The event will raise money for yet to be announced local youth charities. Event organisers are seeking volunteers to marshal the event and Mr McGuckin can be contacted on 089 2535777.