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Kenny exceeds expectations in Tokyo

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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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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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