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Bright lights of Big Apple cast spotlight on Firies

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Firies Minors and U16 Boys along with their management teams.

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FIRIES GAA CLUB is looking forward to many fruitful days ahead in Páirc Eamonn and further afield as it continues its transatlantic relationship with L&M Construction of New York City.

The club's under-16 and minor boys are being supported by Firies native Mike Lenihan of L&M Construction. “Mike has not forgotten his roots and generously supports the young men of Firies GAA, much to the delight of the club and their respective management team,” said Firies Coiste na nÓg chairman Eugene Cosgrave

Mike lined out for Firies at underage level under the careful stewardship of his neighbours – the late Jerry Foley and Tom Shanahan. “He was a very committed young player and played the game with great flair and enthusiasm,” added Eugene.

His underage career culminated with an East Kerry U-16 Championship in 1996. “Following his educational path, Mike took up a carpentry apprenticeship, which has stood well to him to this day,” said Eugene.

Mike went on to play senior football with Firies and competed in an O’Donoghue Cup semi-final for Firies in 2002. Unfortunately for Firies, Mike moved to New York in 2004 to pursue a career in construction, and not surprisingly and now runs his own successful construction company in New York.

Tim Foley, under-16/minor manager, added: “Mike Lenihan’s resounding commitment to the club and indeed, the parish is very much appreciated and valued throughout our tight-knit community, our relationship isn’t as old as the transatlantic cable, but it is as much valued and appreciated within our footballing family in Firies.”
 


 
Above: Firies minors and under-16 boys along with their management teams.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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