The Rural Men of South Kerry are taking to the Shannon for their first outing of 2013. The trip, which is organised by South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd. and takes place on Thursday, April the 11th will see the group visit Killaloe, Bunratty Castle and Adare amongst other stops. It will also include a breakfast and three course dinner as part of the package. The event is being run in conjunction with O’Callaghan Coaches in Killarney who will also provide the shuttle busses to bring the groups to and from the main pick up point in Killarney.  The total cost of the trip including all elements is €90 per person.

SKDP Board Member and organiser of the event Kevin Griffin said that these trips have proven to be very successful in the past with more than 100 people participating in some events. “We have organised a series of events over the last number of years for the Rural Men of South Kerry including trips to Croke Park and linking up with the Sean Cairde group to attend Tea Dances” Kevin said.

“We also held our first overnight trip for the men to the Lisdoonvarna Match Making festival in 2012 and this proved to be very popular also” Kevin added. Organising these kinds of events and supporting the Rural Men in general throughout the region is some of the critical work that is undertaken by SKDP, Kevin said and added that it is more important than ever that this work continues in the current climate given the isolation and pressure being felt by many in this community in South Kerry.

Three separate shuttle busses will collect and bring back the men from all parts of South Kerry – leaving Waterville at 6.30am taking in Ballinskelligs, Cahersiveen, Kells, Mountain Stage, Glenbeigh, Killorglin, Beaufort and Lidl Killarney; Leaving Annascaul Church at 6.45am taking in Inch, Fybagh, Boolteens, Castlemaine, Milltown and Listry: Leaving Kenmare at 7.15am taking in Kilgarvan, Glenflesk and the Heights Hotel.

This trip is open to all on a first come first served basis and bookings can be made through ringing the SKDP office in Cahersiveen on 066 9472724 or O’Callaghan’s Coaches on 064 6631095. For further information please contact For further information please contact Kevin Griffin on 087 2346091, Bart Moriarty on 087 2827984, John Kelly on 086 3941769, Joseph McCrohan on 087 2849165 or Batt O’Connor 087 3155233.

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