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Harnessing pedal power in memory of inspirational Joan

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Launching the cycle in memory of Joan Herlihy are Laura Herlihy, Joan's daughter; Christy Lehane; Marie Shannon; Catherine McEniry, Joan's sister; Breda Hickey; and Tom McEniry, Joan's nephew.

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HER love for the outdoors and wonderful community spirit are among the many endearing traits popular Killarney lady Joan Herlihy will be forever remembered for.
Joan Herlihy (nee Quinlan, Castleisland) sadly passed away on February 12, 2015, from cancer. “She was a great outdoors enthusiast who loved nothing better than taking to the hills and walkways of Killarney and its surrounds,” said her friend Marie Shannon.
Now Joan’s children, Laura and Paul, her husband, Dave, and their extended family and friends will be getting on their bikes on Sunday, May 29, for a charity cycle in Joan’s memory. “The first aim of the cycle is to remember and pay tribute to an amazing, inspirational woman who loved to cycle,” said Marie. “The second aim of the cycle is to raise much-needed funds for the Oncology Unit in Kerry University Hospital, where Joan received excellent care and treatment over the years. “Joan’s weekly treatment was delivered with great kindness, dignity and love and Joan had the height of respect for the staff in the Oncology Unit.”
There will be two routes to cater for various levels of fitness. Both begin and end at the Torc Hotel, Lissivigeen.
For those who enjoy a leisurely trip, Cycle 1 is 25kms and makes its way from Lissivigeen, through Woodlawn, along Muckross Road, around Muckross and Dinis and back the same route to Lissivigeen.
For the more daring cyclist, Cycle 2 is 55kms and takes the same route, up to Abbey Cross where Cycle 2 takes the route through Lough Guitane to Glenflesk, on to Barraduff and through Lisababe, Kilcummin and Spa and back to the Torc Hotel. “These are all routes that Joan cycled when training for the various events and in particular takes in her much-loved Muckross Dinis route,” said Marie.
Refreshments will be provided after the cycle in The Torc Hotel, Lissivigeen.
Marie added: “Joan played a major role in community life and was involved in the Community Games for many years and was also a dedicated cub leader with the Kerry Sixth Scouts Troop based in Lissivigeen. She had a great heart and saw the importance of supporting numerous charity events in the Killarney area and even organised events herself.”
Joan loved to cycle and completed many charity cycling events including the Cycle against Suicide in May 2014 when she cycled from Cork City to Killarney on day one and from Killarney to Tralee the second day. “As the cycle made its way from Tralee towards Limerick, Joan headed into the Oncology Unit in Kerry University Hospital to have her bloods taken. She also completed the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle in 2013 and 2014 – a major achievement in itself but more so because of the fact that on both occasions she was receiving chemotherapy – a sign of her great strength and determination,” said Marie.
Anyone interested in taking part in the cycle in memory of Joan on May 29 is asked to contact either Laura on 085-7538266 or Marie on 087-9849882.
 


 
Launching the cycle in memory of Joan Herlihy are Laura Herlihy, Joan's daughter; Christy Lehane; Marie Shannon; Catherine McEniry, Joan's sister; Breda Hickey; and Tom McEniry, Joan's nephew.

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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.

INTERNATIONALS

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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Soccer coach licensed to one of the highest levels in Ireland

By Sean Moriarty A Killarney soccer coach has been praised by the FAI for her contribution to soccer in the county and on the occasion of her being granted a UEFA B Licence this week. Ramona Keogh of Mastergeeha FC has qualified for one of highest-ranking coach licences in Europe.The UEFA B Licence is a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney soccer coach has been praised by the FAI for her contribution to soccer in the county and on the occasion of her being granted a UEFA B Licence this week.

Ramona Keogh of Mastergeeha FC has qualified for one of highest-ranking coach licences in Europe.
The UEFA B Licence is a coaching licence mandated by UEFA, the official governing body of European football. The licence is one level below the UEFA A Licence and allows holders to be head coaches of amateur clubs, youths up to age 16, and assistant coaches for professional clubs.

Ramona started her training in November 2019 and continued, when restrictions allowed, on several block weekends taking place in FAI Headquarters Dublin, Foto Island in Cork, and final assessments in NUIG in Galway.

“Ramona played a significant role in the course group, supporting the younger coaches and challenging those more experienced, ensuring that the group was dynamic, engaging, interactive and a real positive learning environment,” said the FAI’s Head of Coach Education FAI Niall O’Regan.

“Ramona has been a significant role model for not only female coaches but also males coaches in the Kerry region and has done phenomenal work in her previous club Killarney Celtic and more recently with Mastergeeha. It is so important to have such role models and the motivation Ramona has shown is infectious and many coaches will continue in the same vein.”

For Ramona, this week’s award was the culmination of months of hard work, seminars and study.

“It was really tough at the time, final assessments had been submitted, everything had then switched to Zoom and we were so eager to get it finished. Luckily enough I got to finish off a lot of the course content online and then had individual assessments with my tutor Richie Holland current Cork City Men’s Assistant Manager,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “Then when we returned to outdoor sports in July we got our practical assessments finished with Galway Utd in NUIG.”

ASSESSMENT

The final assessment took place at Mastergeeha FC pitch – the first time ever that a UEFA coaching assessment took place in Kerry.

“I was coaching in Mastergeeha FC in Killarney pre covid and based on logistics and other coaches’ locations in Munster on my UEFA B I was delighted to coordinate a UEFA B assessment with the FAI to be held in the Mastergeeha with the help of the committee,” she added.

“Tom O’Connor FAI Coach Educator and former Interim Republic of Ireland’s Head Coach was really impressed with the setup, the standard of really good footballers and the fantastic committee that ran it so smoothly.”

It was the first time UEFA B assessments were ever held in Kerry and the facilities, committee and the Mastergeeha U16 Boys team were outstanding that day.

She received mentoring and support from some of the biggest names in Irish soccer.

“I was delighted and honoured to receive my UEFA B Diploma Licence,” she said. “Throughout the diploma I’ve had some great tutors, mentors and some great guest speakers from Robbie Keane, Vera Pauw, Stephen Rice and Ruud Dokter FAI High Performance.

“There was a great core group of us on the course from Irish Senior International Players like Katie McCabe, Megan Campbell, Louise Quinn, Niamh Fahy and I’ve made some amazing friendships with all the ladies on the course. From the start it was a group of huge experience, drive and determination was something we all had in common and it’s great to see us all complete it together.”

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She could not have done it without the help of her home club.

“On a personal note, I just want to thank Mastergeeha FC for all their help and support, with special mention to all the management committee, teams and coaches. Must give a mention to Allan Moynihan, Brendan Buckley, Paul Lenihan and Ulick O’Sullivan also. I’m really looking forward to getting back to Academy training in the next two weeks,” she added.

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