Valentia Island, a beautiful island situated in South West Kerry, steeped in history and smothered in beauty hold an amazing Triathlon.
Held in Valentia since 2006, the triathlon draws competitors from all over Ireland and overseas. It forms part of Triathlon Ireland's Race Calendar and boasts a challenging route featuring spectacular scenery, making it popular for seasoned athletes, first timers and everyone in between.
Club Chairman Vincent Kidd said: “we are delighted that our Triathlon has once again been chosen by Triathlon Ireland to form part of the prestigious National Series’ race calendar. This is further recognition of Valentia as an ideal venue in both terms of location and organization”
Each year the proceeds of the Valentia Island Triathlon go to the Valentia
Island Cottage Hospital and over the last nine years over £100,000 has been
raised for this vital community service. Growing local participation in the
hugely successful triathlon led to the formation of the Valentia Triathlon Club
Today, the club consists of over 40 members who compete in both local and national events. The club ethos is to raise as much money as possible in support of Valentia based community groups, whilst providing a training and cycling base for club members at all levels. Over the years such organizations as the Hospital, Tourist Office, Community Centre as well as other places have benefited.
This year’s event is planned to be bigger and better than ever with places still available for both single and relay entries.
The Valentia Island Triathlon will take place on the 3rd SATURDAY in JUNE, start time 15:00. The new date is to allow a few weeks to let the water ‘warm up’ and to give our competitors a bit more ‘early season training time’!
For a small island, Valentia certainly makes its historical and cultural mark and it is worth noting that there are still native Irish language speakers on the Island as well as a strong tradition of music and dance.
The Island is also internationally
renowned, it was from Valentia Harbour in 1866 that the world’s first
transatlantic cable was laid, stretching an incredible 1,686 nautical miles to
After all that sightseeing, don’t forget to embrace the ocean views from the idyllic Signature Point’s of Bray Head and Geokaun Mountain and Cliff’s with its stunning vista’s and alluring walking paths.
Visiting Valentia Island is simply an adventure in itself but it is also an ideal location to stay a while and explore the rest of the South Kerry Region.
For advice and support and directions to Island sites and other Skellig Area experiences, please call into Valentia Islands Tourist Office which located in Knightstown (close to the town clock).
The Tourist Office is open Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Our friendly staff would
be delighted to assist you.
is now OPEN through Primo Events – click here to register – same price as last year… all welcome!
Hope to see you at the starting line…