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Children inspired to grow their own veg

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GROWING: Maggie's Montessori Preschool children, pictured with Mags O'Sullivan and Yvonne O'Sullivan, are delighted to have learned to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

By Michelle Crean

It's not only the children that growing up fast - but the food that they planted as part of a healthy habits project.

Local children from Maggie's Montessori Preschool got to grow and eat their own food for the very first time have been fascinated by the whole process.

As part of the Incredible Edibles Kerry Gardening and Nutrition Project, which encourages healthy habits, the children from Maggie's Montessori Preschool have watched their produce grow from seed to food!

"It's all part in the Early Years gardening project aimed to help them learn how food is grown and how good it is to eat food that you have grown yourself," Mags O'Sullivan from Maggie's Montessori Preschool told the Killarney Advertiser.

"In December 2020, preschools in Kerry were contacted with regards to a new up-coming gardening project for the Early Year Services called ‘The Incredible Edibles’. The Kerry Children and Young People's Services Committee (CYPSC) and Kerry County Childcare Committee received some Healthy Ireland funding which they used for a gardening project in the ELC and SACs in Kerry."

Each service that signed up for the gardening project received a resource pack in March.

"This pack included some tools, compost, plants and seeds. The project was supported by monthly online meetings which guided us through the ‘jobs’ for each month. The children eagerly got to work straight after ‘lockdown’."

Groups tasks were given each week such as planting, watering, thinning, harvesting, tasting/cooking.

"Our little gardeners planted Betty Beetroot, Lisa Lettuce, Rodger Rocket, Peter Parsley, Cian Carrot, Patsy Potato and Saoirse Strawberry. The children were able to see progress each week as their fruit and vegetables were grown in their polytunnel. The children experienced how some plants needed a lot more ‘sleeps’ than others i.e. Lisa."

Lettuce was peeping after seven ‘sleeps’ whilst Cian Carrot and Patsy Potato needed a lot more ‘sleeps’!

"Over the past 12 weeks our seven plants grew big enough to be harvested and both investigated and tasted by the children. Some benefits of this project included the children appreciating the full cycle from planting to harvesting. They learnt how to care for their plants and what was needed for them to grow big! Some children tasted these fruit and vegetables for the first time. This project aims to not only complete it in preschool, but to encourage healthy habits in the home and to inspire cooking in the kitchen as a life skill."

TAKE A LOOK: Fionn Daly, Alice Brosnan and David Lenihan pictured holding the food that they grew.

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Fossa’s marathon man competes in Vienna

By Sean Moriarty They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria. Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world. On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon […]

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By Sean Moriarty

They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria.

Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world.

On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon with Tony recording a personal-best time of 2hrs and 45mins. He finished second in the Over 45 category and 27th overall, while Tony completed the course in 3hrs and 3mins.

“You won’t see one of us without the other,” said Tony.

Niall Thompson of Killorglin was also competing in the event.

Tony is a member of the well-known Harty family of Waterford. His two brothers Phillip and William and sister Rebecca all raced for Ireland.

Tony took up running later than his siblings and contested his first marathon in 2015 when was 39-years-old.

Now 45 he cannot stop running and takes in at least two overseas marathons every year as well as Irish and local events.

“It is all part of the experience,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. Both he and Seamus have previously contested marathons in Barcelona, Valencia and Rotterdam and he intends to return to Spain in early December for another crack at the Valencia event.

He prepared for Sunday’s race by winning overall at the Churchtown 5-mile race in Cork last month and the Antrim Half-Marathon a few weeks ago.

“Vienna was very hot, up to 26 degrees, and lots of people were suffering,” he added. “Vienna was supposed to run in April but it got deferred. We prefer running in cooler conditions. Valencia will be around 10 degrees in December which is ideal.”

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Jordan’s new role with St Paul’s

By Sean Moriarty Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club. Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level. The High Jumper then switched […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club.

Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level.

The High Jumper then switched to track and field and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where he made history by becoming the first Kerry athlete to act as a flag bearer for an opening ceremony and lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.

Now back home and preparing for the next Olympics in Paris, he has returned to his first love and will join the backroom staff at the local Division One basketball club ahead of their National League campaign which begins next month.

His father Jarlath Lee is head coach with St Paul’s.

“Jordan is joining us as our strength and conditioning coach,” Jarlath told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Meanwhile, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club National League team will have a distinctive feel to it this year after securing the services of three overseas players it for the season ahead.

The club’s biggest signing is Canadian professional Ben Miller. It was originally hoped that the former two-time Manitoba Player of the Year would play for the local side last season but the pandemic got in the way and the National League was never played. However, he did play two training games this time last year before returning to Canada until travel restrictions lifted.

“He is a good guy, very approachable and very good with the young members,” Jarlath said.

The club has also signed Bulgarian International Emilian Grudov.

The 20-year-old has already represented his home country at U16, 18 and 20 level.

“He is young, athletic and very good offensively,” added Lee.

The returning Lithuanian Dianius Varanaukus completes the club international line up for the 2020/21 season.

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