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Fr Liam says farewell to Friary and Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will bid farewell to popular Franciscan Guardian Fr Liam McCarthy, who has been transferred to Clonmel, as this week the Franciscan Friary announced a raft of new changes.

The biggest change is the transfer of Dubliner, Fr Liam, who was a popular figure during his three-year stint in Killarney.

Fr Liam (84), has been appointed the vicar of Clonmel and will be succeeded as the Killarney Guardian by Fr Pat Lynch who returns to Killarney after a spell in Athlone.

Fr Liam’s transfer will close another chapter in his Killarney story. He was first appointed to Killarney in 1978 before long stints in Africa, Rome and Belfast.

He returned to Killarney three years ago to set up the order’s Inter-Provincial Novitiate which resulted in several priests and brothers from Germany and The Netherlands coming to Killarney.

“I loved my time in Killarney, the Friary, the people and the beautiful rural hinterland,” Fr Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “After my first time in Killarney in 1978 I was transferred to Clonmel and return there after over 40 years.”

Fr Liam, a native of Rialto in Dublin, is well respected in the locality. He famously won a wager ahead of last year’s All-Ireland football final which resulted in the Kerry flag being flown at half-mast in the Friary’s garden following the Kingdom’s loss against Dublin. If his native county lost the final the blue flag would have been given the same treatment.

He also devised the live online broadcasts of religious ceremonies from The Friary during lockdown at a time when worshippers were unable to attend Masses.

Other changes include Fr Claus Scheifele who has been appointed to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.

Fr Antony Jukes will take up the position as Killarney vicar and will replace outgoing vicar Fr Vincent Finnegan who has been transferred to Rossnowlagh in Donegal.

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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.

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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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