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Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk

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The Walk

2017 Press Release


Kinsale Paints the Town Pink


Irelands Gourmet capital turned pink on Friday last for the launch of the 6th Annual Pink Ribbon Walk in the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale. The Pink Ribbon Walk is a national voluntary movement with a big ambition – a world without breast cancer.


The sponsored 10k run/walk for Action Breast Cancer, is one of the town’s best supported events and takes place on 5th March 2017 at 12 noon. Committee members and members of the local community were out in force on the traditional day of Nollaig na mBan, to lend their support for this important cause that effects women right across Ireland.


“Women’s Little Christmas, is a day that we celebrate our female friends and family members. This is why the launch day for the walk is so relevant. We now need to fight to keep our female friends and family members with us for a long time to come! Walks like this can go a long way in ensuring that the support is there for those who face this battle” said Mary Kirby O Donovan, Committee Chairperson.


Pink Ribbon Ambassador and singer, Sharon Crosbie will again lend her support and lead the walk this year. Last years walked raised a whopping €43,000. Every single euro raised will make a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Ireland in the fight against cancer. 


“This year, over 30,000 people in Ireland will develop cancer and over 8,000 will die of the disease” added Eileen Kearney, Community Fundraising Manager for Irish Cancer Society.


Further information and online Registration for the walk can be found at


Additional Notes:


For further information; contact Mary Kirby O Donovan 086 3521860 



Additional Photos Available

Via John Allen +353 (0)86 216 2990 




For further information, please contact: Pink Hotline 086 2719556














Local Info

The medieval town of Kinsale is not just about food. It is also about traditional bars, beautiful buildings, narrow streets, shops and galleries and lots of activities on land and sea. You'll find Kinsale is not just a place - it is more a state of mind.

Learn more about Kinsale

Kinsale Chamber of Tourism  has all the information about the town, places to stay, eat, drink, shop and enjoy yourself.

Discover Ireland: Kinsale

Hotels & B&B's

Accommodation in Kinsale 


Actons of Kinsale

is situated in heart of the colourful historic harbour town of Kinsale also referred to as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland.

Actons is the oldest hotel in Kinsale originally established in 1946 by two sisters, Sidney and Shelia Acton and since then has become an integral part of Kinsale town.

This hotel overlooks Kinsale Harbour and Yacht Club allowing you to wake up to the twinkling sound of yacht masts.

After a substantial renovation in 2012 the hotel re opened in March 2013.



Tel: + 353 21 4779900 - Code for 2017 Walk 087094




The Blue Haven Hotel

The Blue Haven Hotel is a boutique-style hotel situated right in the centre of Kinsale Town.

Please call +353 (0) 21 477 2209 to make a booking or email the hotel at

You can check out the hotel online here


Jim Edwards Bar & Restaurant

With its town centre location, Jim Edwards offers doorstep access to the vast array of amenities that the charming town of Kinsale has to offer. Our newly refurbished B&B is the ideal place to stay when visiting Kinsale and our bar/restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal.

The Edwards family and its staff are always on hand to help and advise guests on the various leisure activities available in the area, including golf, horse riding, deep-sea fishing, nature and historical walks etc. Our aim is to make sure your stay with us is made as pleasant as possible.

Market Quay, Kinsale,Co. Cork.

Tel: +353 21 4772541
Fax: +353 21 4773228



The Trident Hotel
World's End, Kinsale, Cork, Ireland
T: +353 (0) 21 4779 300
F: +353 (0) 21 4774 173

Spectacular location on the waterfront in Kinsale County Cork, within 5 minutes walk of many shops, bars and restaurants



T: +353 21 4772125 E:

A boutique Georgian guesthouse run by the Frawley family, situated in the heart of Kinsale. At the White House you will find a warm and friendly ambiance, traditional surroundings with modern facilities. 4 Star AA Guesthouse, Restaurant & Bar.  AA Rosette Award for culinary excellence.


The White Lady Hotel

the white lady hotel kinsale logo







Contact for more details.


Further information about accommodation in Kinsale can be found on



Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk Pink Partners 2016

Sincere thanks to all our Pink Partners for the supporting the Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walks. We are always amazed by the support of local businesses and many thanks to you all for your continued involvement and support.  

AIB Kinsale
Allen, Belgooly 
Angel’s Secrets
Aoife’s Hair Creations
Atlantic Offshore Adventures
Auntie Nellies
Bandon Co Op
Bank of Ireland
Barretts Butchers
Bateman’s Grooming Parlour
Bel Ami Hair Salon
Blue Haven
Boathouse Gallery
Black’s Brewery
Boyle Sports
Canvas Works
Catherine McCarthy, Dentist
Centra, Ballinspittle
Centra, Kinsale
Centra, Riverstick
Co-op, Ballinspittle
Cully & Sully
Dermot Ryan
Diana Nail Bar
Diarmuid O’Shea, Solicitor
Discount €2 shop
Diva Café
Elite Dry Cleaners
Ena’s Hair Salon
Ewan Paterson /Fat Face
Finishing Services
Fishy Fishy Café
Folk House
Frank Curtin
Gan Gluten
Giles Norman
Granny’s Bottom Drawer
Greyhound Bar
Hamish Hawkin
House of Hair
Huntsman Bar
Hurley’s Bar
Jade House
James Murphy Auctioneers
James O’Keeffe
Jane Boutique
Jim Edwards
Josie Dineen
Kennedy’s Opticians
Kinsale Advertiser
Kinsale Bookshop
Kinsale Crystal
Kinsale Dental
Kinsale Dry Cleaners
Kinsale Good Food Circle
Kinsale Medical
Kinsale Pharmacy
Kinsale Salon
Kinsale Silver
Kinsale Sports Shop
Kitty O’Sé’s
Lemon Leaf
Lord Kingsale
Lordan Butchers
Market Garden
Mary Enright Jewellery 
Maurice Murphy
Max’s Restaurant
Michelle’s Hair Creations
Moloney’s Pharmacy
Mother Hubbard’s
Murphy Grocers
Mylie Murphy
New Image
Nine Market Street
O’Connor’s Pharmacy
Old Bank House
Oscar Madisons
Pier Leisure
Poet’s Corner
Quay House
Salvi’s Café
Sam’s Bar
Sienna Boutique
Silent Banjo
SIP Café
Stone Mad
Studio 1
Super Valu Kinsale
Tipperary Water
The Black Pig
The Butcher Shop
The Huntsman Bar
The Shack
Trident Hotel
Virgil Horgan
White House
Write On

2016 Special thanks to . . .


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About the Walk

-F.A.Q: What is the Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk?

-F.A.Q: Who can take part in the Pink Ribbon Walk?

-F.A.Q: How much does it cost to take part in the Walk?

-F.A.Q: How fit do I have to be?

-F.A.Q: How do I enter?

-F.A.Q: How much sponsorship do I have to raise?

-F.A.Q: Can I get advice on how to raise funds?

-F.A.Q: Where do I get my t-shirt and race number?

-F.A.Q: How do I hand in my sponsorship money?

-F.A.Q: Can I help publicise the event?

-F.A.Q: If I can't take part in the event, is there another way that I can help?

On the Day of the Walk

-F.A.Q: What time does the Walk start?

-F.A.Q: How do I get to the Town Car Park?

-F.A.Q: Will car parking be available?

-F.A.Q: What is the route like?

-F.A.Q: What should I wear?

-F.A.Q: What support will I be given on the route?

-F.A.Q: Will there be any toilet facilities available?

-F.A.Q: Will there be any food or refreshments provided?

-F.A.Q: Will litter bins be provided?

-F.A.Q: Where does the Walk finish?

-F.A.Q: What will happen when I finish?

-F.A.Q: Is there somewhere nearby where I can stay?

-F.A.Q: Is the Walk accessible for wheelchair users?

-F.A.Q: Can I bring a pushchair?

-F.A.Q: Can I bring my dog?

-What is the Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk?

The Pink Ribbon Walk is a fundraising event for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society. The next Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk takes place on Sunday March 5 2017. The Walk route is circular and approximately 10km in length.


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-Who can take part in the Pink Ribbon Walk?

The Pink Ribbon Walk is open to those of all abilities. And it's not just for the girls - men are welcome to take part too! Since the first Irish Pink Ribbon Walk in Kells in 2009, and subsequent annual walks in Killaloe and Kinsale since 2012 and Kenmare in 2014, many more men have joined and some enjoy running the route – all raising money for Action Breast Cancer.  All ages are welcome but we ask that those under 16 years of age are accompanied by a responsible adult. 

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-How much does it cost to take part in the Walk?

The entry fee to take part in the Pink Ribbon Walk is €20 per participant. This non-refundable entry fee covers the administration and all costs of the event (health and safety, insurance, printing, t-shirt, medal etc.). For this entry fee, you will receive:

  • a personalised sponsorship form
  • an artist-designed Pink Ribbon Walk t-shirt to wear on the day
  • toilet facilities on the route
  • a Pink Lady Lapel Pin on completion of the Walk
  • refreshments sponsored by Kinsale Good Food Circle, Cully & Sully and Tipperary Water after the walk
  • entertainment after the Walk.

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-How fit do I have to be?

It doesn't matter if you are an experienced walker or have never done anything like this before as long as you put in the training. The Walk is designed to be challenging but achievable. There is plenty of time to train and we offer training advice to participants. The Walk is not meant to be competitive; it's all about having fun and experiencing a sense of camaraderie, whilst raising money for charity.

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-How do I enter?

You can register online up to Friday March 3 or pick up a registration form from Collins  Pharmacy & O' Connors Pharmacy Kinsale , Co Cork. Please pay your €20 registration fee in advance. Registrations will be accepted on Saturday March 4 at the Temperance Hall Kinsale and up to 11.30am on the day of the walk, but please register online if possible.  Thank you!

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-How much sponsorship do I have to raise?

Each participant is asked to try and raise as much sponsorship money as you can (in addition to the €20 entry fee). The success of the Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk's fundraising over the past four years has been due to walkers' and runners' commitment to raising on average of €100 per person. As we are all volunteers, every euro goes directly to Action Breast Cancer.

Area's where your money raised goes to

€3 can help us print 10 Reduce the risk of cancer booklets

€20 can help provide cancer support and information through our helpline or website

€40 could buy pair of primers used to amplify detectable amounts of DNA for generic analysis and cancer diagnosis

€60 can offer four lifts for a cancer patient, taking them to and from hospital for chemotherapy treatment.

€100 can ensure continuous investment in our cancer research

€350 provides an Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse for a night to care for cancer patients across the country in their own home during the last days of their life.

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-Can I get advice on how to raise funds?

Take a look at our fundraising information and tips for help and ideas about how to raise funds for the Walk.

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-Where do I get my t-shirt and race number?

You have two options:

  • Collect your t-shirt and race number on the Check-In Day at The Temperance Hall between 11am and 6pm on Saturday March 4 2017.
  • Collect your t-shirt and race number on the day of the Walk between 9am and 11am at The Temperance Hall, Kinsale. If you are choosing this option, please get there early to give yourself enough time.


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-How do I hand in my sponsorship money?

There are a number of ways you can hand in your sponsorship money:

  1. the Check-In Event from 11am to 6pm on Saturday March 4 at The Temperance Hall, Kinsale
  2. the Registration Desk at The Temperance Hall, Kinsale from 9am to 11.30am on Sunday March 5
  3. the Customer Service Desk of the AIB, Pearse Street, Kinsale
  4. bank transfer from any other bank giving the account no 08419008 and sort code 93 40 89

Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk. Please make sure your sponsorship card (with your sponsorship total written on the front) and sponsorship money are in a sealed envelope with your name, race number (the red number on the front of your sponsorship card) and sponsorship total printed on the front.

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-Can I help publicise the event?

We will have flyers, posters and extra registration forms available to anyone who is willing to help us spread the word about the Walk. Please like, tag and share our posts on Facebook and retweet on Twitter too!

Also, please contact us if you would be willing to share your personal story or reason for getting involved, which will help us publicise the event in the media. Phone us on 086 271 9556

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-If I can't take part in the event, is there another way that I can help?

We are always looking for volunteers to help make this fundraising event a success. We will need lots of people on the day to come and help with a variety of roles. For more information, please contact us on 086 2719556 or email


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-What time does the Walk start?

Both the Kinsale Pink Ribbon Run and Walk will start at 12 noon. We ask those that intend to run to be first at the start line. The venue will be open to the public from 9am. We ask that you arrive in plenty of time and that you are on site at least 45 minutes before your event begins - that's 11.15am for runners and walkers. We have plenty of pre-event entertainment and a warm-up at 11.30am.


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-How do I get to the Town Car Park?

The Town Car Park is in the middle of the town, along the Pier Road (just in front of Acton's Hotel and Fishy Fishy Restaurant). You won’t miss us – there will be plenty of pink balloons!


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-Will car parking be available?

There is free public parking in two large car parks at the Glen (400m behind the Blue Haven Hotel) and plenty of on street parking around Kinsale town. We suggest that people from Kinsale take a lift or car pool, allowing more space for visitors.

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-What is the route like?

The Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk takes in parts of the town, some leafy country roads and a picturesque route along the River Bandon coming back into Kinsale where the river meets the harbour. There is a challenging uphill climb when we go through the town to get us up onto the Bandon Road, but it’s only about 500m and it’s downhill or on the flat when we reach the 2km mark!


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-What should I wear?

THINK PINK - wear your Pink Ribbon Walk t-shirt and accessorise accordingly! Remember, there'll be a prize for the best-dressed Walker and Team! We'll also be on hand with solutions for all weather eventualities including pink rain ponchos! We do recommend sturdy walking boots and comfortable clothes though!

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-What support will I be given on the route?

Pink Ribbon Walk signs will be clearly placed all the way along the route and you will be well supported and guided throughout the Walk by our Stewards. Please do listen to any advice or guidance they may offer you, as they are there to ensure you enjoy your day. To help identify participants, we ask that everyone wears their complimentary Pink Ribbon Walk t-shirt.

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-Will there be any toilet facilities available?

Toilets will be provided at the start/finish areas and there will be a rest stop midway along the route.

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-Will there be any food or refreshments provided?

Our sponsors, The Kinsale Good Food Circle. Cully & Sully and Tipperary Water will have some delicious refreshments for you on your return. Feel free to carry some water and a snack with you in a backpack if you wish.

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-Will litter bins be provided?

We will have plenty of litter bins and skips on site. Please remember to leave nothing behind but your footprints!

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-Where does the Walk finish?

The Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walks takes a looped route, so you will start and finish at the Town Car Park along the Pier Road, Kinsale.

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-What will happen when I finish?

All participants will receive our new for 2017 Pink Lady Lapel Pin when they cross the finish line. In addition, refreshments will be provided for all participants - Followed by a Closing Ceremony in the Kinsale Suite at Actons Hotel ... Not to be Missed


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-Is there somewhere nearby where I can stay?

Any participants who wish to stay locally the night before or the night of the walk can find accommodation information to suit every taste and budget. Kinsale is renowned for its good food and has a wide range of cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels, so why not make a day trip or weekend of it? has a number of hotel, B&B and self catering accommodation listed as well as cafes, restaurants, bars, shopping and additional activities.

Check out pink offers at various hotels on this website and our Sponsors, the Kinsale Good Food Circle will be organising pink promotions so check out for information on best dining options.

Kinsale always enjoys a party and we are looking forward to plenty of celebrations after the walk in Acton's Hotel. 



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-Is the Walk accessible for wheelchair users?

Unfortunately, the Walk is not accessible for wheelchair users.

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-Can I bring a pushchair?

As there are some less accessible sections, we cannot allow children or pushchairs on the route.

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-Can I bring my dog?

The Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk is not suitable for dogs so we would appreciate if you would leave them at home.

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Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk - Press Information

Photography supplied by John Allen (086) 216 2990

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