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Cupid’s arrow strikes during birthday celebration

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ORLA COFFEY and Donal Horgan's paths first crossed when Orla was out celebrating her birthday in February 2013 in the Killarney Grand Hotel.

Strangely, although Orla, from Scartaglin, and Kilcummin native Donal Horgan lived a mere 10-minute drive away from one another, they never met before that night. “We had our first date a week later and haven't looked back since,” said Orla.

Donal proposed at home on Christmas Eve 2015 and the bride, the daughter of Margaret and Jim Coffey, and groom, the son of the late Eileen and Danny Horgan, were married recently in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Kilcummin in a ceremony led by Fr John Lucid, and held their reception in the Killarney Avenue Hotel.

Photographer Nerijus Karmilcovas of K Photography captured the big day on camera, including a photoshoot at Muckross House and Gardens.
Orla’s sister Imelda Coffey lent her support as bridesmaid while Donal’s brother Michael Horgan was best man.
The bride looked stunning in a Verise wedding gown and she and Imelda’s hair and makeup were by the team at Sean Taaffe Hair & Beauty, Killarney.

The church music was by Lily MacMonagle while Donal’s sister Mary of Adam’s Jewellers supplied the rings. The Pat Fitz Wedding Band ensured dancing continued long into the night. “Will King did an amazing job with our wedding cake,” said Orla. “As Donal is a dairy farmer, Will designed a four-tier, dairy farm-themed wedding cake which everyone enjoyed.”

Staff and management at the Killarney Avenue Hotel ensured the couple’s celebrations were perfect, from their engagement party in January 2016 to their wedding reception and a party the day after. Guests travelled from across Ireland and beyond for the occasion, with the bride’s sister Molly arriving from Canada especially. “It was a perfect day we will always treasure,” said Orla.

The newlyweds, who will reside in Kilcummin, honeymooned in Sydney, Australia.

TO SEE MORE PICTURES, CHECK OUT WEDDING OF THE WEEK IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF KILLARNEY ADVERTISER
 


 
Above: Orla Coffey and Donal Horgan with Imelda Coffey and Michael Horgan. PICTURE: NERIJUS KARMILKOVAS, K PHOTOGRAPHY

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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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