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PROUD: Proud parents Mary and Noel Kenny at home in Firies on Thursday morning

SUPPORT: David Kenny's sisters Laura Sarah and Rebecca with their parents Mary and Noel ahead of Thursday's race

Kenny exceeds expectations in Tokyo

By Sean Moriarty

A week ago Noel Kenny said he would be delighted if his son David finished in the 53rd in the 20km Olympic Race Walk.

The 22-year-old, from Rusheen, Firies made his Olympic debut yesterday.

Ahead of his competition he was ranked 54th in the world and his proud father, Noel, a well-known local postman, would have been over the moon if he made up just one place on the world rankings.

David exceeded all expectations and finished 29th overall and completed the course in a time of 1 hour 26 minutes 54 seconds in very warm and humid conditions and in temperatures of over 32 degrees.

Athletics Ireland Race Walk Team manager Ray Flynn, a former racer said: “Conditions were just brutal.”

A total of 57 athletes started the race and five failed to make the finish.

Italy’s Massimo Stano won gold in 1 hour 21 minutes 05 seconds ahead of a Japanese silver and bronze for Koki Ikeda (hour 21 minutes 14 seconds) and current world number one Toshikazo Yamanishi (1 hour 21 minutes 28seconds).

“I was a bit too careful in my predictions,” said Noel, “We are all very proud of him.”

The Kenny family watched the race live on Eurosport at 830am Thursday morning and were in direct contact with David immediately after the race.

“He was in an ice bath, cooling down when I spoke to him, he was in great spirits,” added Noel.

Farranfore Maine Valley AC also paid tribute to their star member. David was introduced to race walking by club members Mike O’Connor and Jerome Crowley, both former national frontrunners in the discipline.

“The whole club is very proud of David and his performance,” Mike told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He was the seventh youngest in the field. Only one walker  set a personal best out of the 52 finishers – that will tell you how difficulty it was. He is only 22 and nowhere near his peak. We are very thankful to the whole community for the support they have given David over the last few weeks.”

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New Fexco partnership to create 75 jobs

Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025. The Fexco Managed Services […]

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Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025.

The Fexco Managed Services and TEKenable partnership will see both organisations co-invest in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Products and Salesforce Cloud Solutions and Services aimed at improving their collective customers end-to-end experience across both Irish and UK markets.

This partnership combines TEKenable’s experience in providing Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultancy, development, and support services to their customers, with Fexco’s experience of premium operational delivery, customer management and process optimisation experts. This partnership will also see the creation of 75 new jobs by 2025, with roles created within Digital Customer Experience, Predictive Customer Behaviour Analysis, and Automation & Operational Efficiency services.

“This partnership will help us build on our collective strengths, and deliver the perfect blend of premium operational expertise, support, and resources to maximise the potential of Microsoft Dynamics 365 in improving our customers’ digital end to end experience,” Martin Ryan, Managing Director of Fexco Managed Services and Advisory Services, said.

“This will see us and TEKenable collaborate across multiple sectors and reinforce our position as trusted advisors who deliver transformative services for our clients.”

TEKenable was founded in 2002 by Nick Connors and Peter Rose is an innovative technology company focused on delivering digital services through Low Code platforms to medium and large-scale enterprises in Ireland, UK and EMEA.

Nick Connors, Managing Director with TEKenable added that “this partnership will see us work with Fexco Managed Services to bring solutions, products and services offerings that will fundamentally change the end-to-end experience of both our customers, and their customers”.

“We predict that we will see growth from a combination of existing and new clients over the coming three years.”

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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