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Dedication helps secure top bodybuilding titles

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By Sean Moriarty

One man is celebrating winning three of the biggest bodybuilding competitions in Ireland and Britain over the last three weekends.

Bobby Enright of Peak Performance Academy, who lives in Kilcummin, won the Masters Over 25 age group titles in Derry and London before taking the gold medal in overall Irish competition in Dublin recently, the result of five years of hard work.

His previous performances in Derry and London saw the 40-year-old win the Over 25 category but the Irish event, run by Irish Natural Bodybuilding Federation, does not run competitions for different age groups.

“I was pitched in against all the young guys. The Irish Natural Bodybuilding Federation does not have a masters category, I won the Open Category,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “To win gold was a dream come true. I have been trying to win this for five years, the best I managed before was bronze. It is like winning the All-Ireland.”

The Listowel native has been living in Killarney since 1998. He opened Peak Performance Academy in 2016, and one year after that he started competing in bodybuilding competitions.

"I sacrificed everything, I had no social events and had a strict diet for the last six months to get to 5% body fat to compete and win shows. My focus was training, dieting and running my business for the past year."

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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