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David Kenny named as joint U23 Athlete of the Year

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By Sean Moriarty

Olympian David Kenny has been named as joint U23 Athlete of the Year by Athletics Ireland.

The awards took place online last weekend and was hosted by sports broadcaster Greg Allen.

Race walker Kenny represented Ireland during the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

The U23 Athlete of the Year Award was shared for the first time, with Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) and Kenny (Farranfore Maine Valley AC) acknowledged for their remarkable achievements in 2021 which included an Olympic debut for Kenny, and a team gold medal and individual silver for McElhinney at the European Cross Country Championships in December.

“David initially took up the sport representing Firies in the Kerry Community Games," Farranfore Maine Valley AC PRO, Sean O’Shea, said.

"Under the watchful eye of club mentors Michael O’Connor and Jerm Crowley, he became a dedicated athlete winning numerous national titles at underage level. [As a result] he joined the Athletics Ireland high-performance race walking team coached by former World Champion and Olympic medallist Rob Heffernan.”

Last year was a breakthrough year for David. He placed second in the European U23 Athletics Championships in Estonia and finished 29th on his Olympic debut in Japan.

Already a champion this year, Kenny won the Irish Universities Championships last week.
He has his sights set on the World Student Games in China and the European Championships in Munich later in the year.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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