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Enock’s new single spreads message of hope

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NEW SONG: Enock Tounkara AKA 'Mr T Boy' has released his new song 'Hard Time'. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

A catchy tune is sure to become a hit for one singer who has chosen the theme of hard times to represent how people are feeling. With a passion for singing and sharing positive messages, Enock Tounkara who is living in Muckross, penned his a song 'Hard Time' to give people hope.

Enock - who goes by the pseudonym 'Mr T Boy', is no stranger to going through hard times as he came to Killarney alone in 2018 at the age of just 17 from Guinea in West Africa.

Without a word of English he enrolled in St Brendan's College and with their support studied hard to secure a nursing place with Kerry College. His dream is to become a nurse to help others - but his passion is to sing and share positive messages to uplift others in difficult times. And, in a bid to do this, the young man who works at Cherrytree B&B, writes, produces and performs his own songs.

He loves it so much that he saves up and pays for the recordings and videos himself at Infinity Studio on New Street. And it's proving popular as both Radio Kerry and Spin SouthWest have selected it for their playlists.

Asked if he'd pick music over nursing Enock said he couldn't.

"I love both. Music is about making people happy and I'm always singing everywhere," Enock told the Killarney Advertiser this week. "But I also want to help people as well. I hope to go to college next year, I'll never give up on my course."

WHERE IT BEGAN

Strong friendships formed at school and he became known for his love of singing. And after sharing on his social media platforms his friends encouraged him to write and record his own music.

"Before I started recording I used to do freestyle on Snapchat and my friends told me I'm good."

'Hard Time' is the third song Enock has recorded and released, the first one being 'Beno' followed by 'Golden Girl'.

"I decided to write and record 'Hard Time' to help people stay strong and give them hope. People can't see family and the situation is affecting people mentally, physically and emotionally. We are all in this together and together we can be stronger. Stay safe and be brave."

To see Enock's latest video go to YouTube: Mr T Boy-Hard Time (official music video).

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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.

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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