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SKYDIVE: Marie O'Sullivan, Lauren Fitzell and Stephanie Horan are aiming for the sky for Recovery Haven on Sunday, April 5. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

Three brave women are planning to jump 13,000 feet out of a plane - all in aid of a Kerry charity.

The dive, which was originally scheduled for today (Sunday), has now been postponed due to Storm Jorge – however, the girls are still ready for the big challenge on Sunday, April 5.

Marie O'Sullivan, Stephanie Horan and Lauren Fitzell are amongst 87 people from across Kerry who will take the leap of faith at the Irish Parachute Club in Edenderry over three days for Recovery Haven’s biggest ever fundraisers to date.

The charity, celebrating 10 years this year, has been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for their inaugural skydive event, which was initially supposed to take place on Leap Year day, February 29, but was extended to three days due to phenomenal demand.

Marie, who is a Slimming World consultant in Killarney, roped in two members for the thrilling adventure.

“We’ve never done a skydive before,” Marie, who lost six stone, told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“When this popped up the pull for me was huge. I always wanted to do a skydive but couldn’t as I was obese for years.”

Marie was aged eleven when her mom passed away from cancer. It had a huge impact on her life leading to a life of weight issues.

“The weight held me back my whole life. I had no confidence and was embarrassed because of my size. My mom died aged 42, the age I am now. Recovery Haven is close to my heart and I’m more than delighted to do it.”

In total the girls have raised a whopping €5,400 in just three weeks.

Marie raised €2,200, Stephanie €1,800 and Lauren €1,400.

For Stephanie, who is a teacher in St Brigid’s Killarney, the challenge is huge but worth it.

“I had a family member who passed away from cancer and a family member currently availing of the RH service. I can’t say enough about them.”

Lauren, who lost five stone, added that it’s a chance to give something back.

 

 

 

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

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​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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