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Athletic Club at the forefront of training technology

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Valley Athletics Club is the first track and field club in Ireland to embrace new technology that will help optimise athlete’s performances.

The club has partnered with Output Sports, a Dublin based firm that has developed software that can predict how good or bad an athlete is performing which in turn allows coaches to adjust training regimes.

While the technology has existed for a long time, previous versions of it were cumbersome and often involved a visit to a sports science clinic to download and evaluate the date.

Killarney Valley Athletic Club coach Tomás Griffin said the new technology is “like having a sports science lab in your pocket”.

“For us coaches the partnership with Output Sports is a game changer, being able to measure progress and athlete response to training. The device allows for adaptability to training plans based on immediate data,” he said.

The partnership with Output Sports has been going on behind the scenes for over two years. It was a central part of Jordan Lee’s Paralympic training process. Initially Lee and his then coach Griffin used the older technology alongside the Output Sports product. The new software worked so well they ditched the older version in the run up to last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

That success prompted Griffin to offer the new system to all club members but particularly sprinters and jumpers.

“The partnership with Output is not only going to help me in my journey to Paris 2024, but also will allow the club to further push our progression and development with all the athletes within the club, giving them in-depth and professional data like no other,” Jordan said.

Meanwhile Jordan has a new coach ahead of his Paris 2024 bid. Roscommon native and Killarney resident Alan Delaney and one of Ireland’s top High Jumpers has taken over from were Griffin left off.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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