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The Force was with the adventure racers in Dingle

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Jumping John: John Condren doing his signature jump on Mount Brandon, competing in the annual Dingle Adventure Race. PICTURES: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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WORLD-CLASS views over the new home of Star Wars were just some of the attractions offered to the 750 athletes that converged on west Kerry from across the galaxies last weekend.

The epic Dingle Adventure Race 2016 took place across the famed peninsula on which the weather Jedis smiled.
The very successful one day multi-activity adventure race consisted of three courses DAR Full, DAR Sport & DAR Mini, biking over the spectacular Conor Pass, climbing Mount Brandon, running the coastal windy roads of Slea Head, with great views of Ceann Sibéal (scene of the new Star Wars shoot), Dún Chaoin, Mount Eagle, and along the iconic Dingle Peninsula.

“The race challenges competitors to run, kayak, hike and cycle their way across the Dingle Peninsula,” said Noel O’Leary of Irish Adventures who established the race.

Thanking the volunteers and businesses who sponsored the event, he added: “The atmosphere is always fantastic, a real fun event, with plenty of banter and camaraderie.”

The winner of the Full DAR event was Killian Heery from Cavan, with an amazing time of 2 hours 57 minutes, 26 seconds. First home in the DAR Mini was, Ciaran Collin, Limerick, in a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 45 seconds. Winner of the DAR Sport was, Kieran Cosgrove, Muckno Tri Club, in a time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 15 seconds.

FULL RESULTS

DAR FULL
1st: Killian Heery, Cavan Kayakarun 02:57:26
2nd: Mark Nolan, Kerry, 02:58:16
3rd: Eric Wolfe, Cork, 03:01:05

Ladies winner: Moira O’Sullivan, Down, 03:22:40
2nd: Emma Donjon 03:27:18

DAR MINI
1st: Ciaran Collins, Limerick, 01:18:45
2nd: Kate O’Brien, Kerry, 01:19:03
3rd: Mel Hilliard, Metro St Brigid’s 01:19:05

2nd lady home: Sarah Wallace 01:25:05

DAR SPORT
1st: Kieran Cosgrove, Muckno Tri Club, 01:54:15
2nd: Paul O’Connell, Limerick, 01:56:34
3rd: Aodh O Currain, Kerry, 02:00:09

1st lady: Fiona Meade, Blarney, 02:11:00
2nd lady: Deirdre Nagle, 02:18:35
 


 
Pictured above: John Condren doing his signature jump on Mount Brandon, competing in the annual Dingle Adventure Race.
PICTURES: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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