CYCLE: Getting ready for the 8th annual Barraduff National School cycle from front l-r were: Aimee Shine, Josh and Ryan O’Donoghue, Conor and Kate Darmody, Chloe O’Donoghue and Shannon Murphy. Back l-r: Tara Murphy, Breda O’Donoghue, Mike Murphy, Elaine Murphy, Shane O’Riordan, Marie O’Donoghue and Stephen Darmody.


By Michelle Crean

Barraduff locals are gearing up for the 8thannual school cycle which takes place this Sunday, June 16.

The event is organised by the Parents and Friends of Barraduff National School, who have, over the last seven years hosted hundreds of cyclists and helped raise funds to improve the teaching resources available to the pupils of Barraduff National School.

“This year we are raising funds to assist with the fit-out costs of a new Sensory Room in the school and an extension of the playground facilities,” Stephen Darmody, Chairperson of Barraduff National School Parents Association,told the Killarney Advertiser.

The cycle is an 80km route, commencing at the Community Field, Barraduff, and proceeding to Kenmare via Kilgarvan, he explained.

“At Kenmare we provide refreshments at the community centre before cyclists set off on the climb for Molls Gap where there will be a quick pit stop for fruit and water if necessary. From there it is back to John Dan’s Bar in Barraduff where there will be more refreshments to reward the cyclists for completing their challenge.

The cycle has proven a very popular event in recent years and is an ideal opportunity to tackle the Molls Gap climb in advance of the Ring of Kerry!”

Registration takes place in the community field Barraduff on Saturday, June 15 from 7pm to 8pm, and on Sunday morning from 7.30am, he added.