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BAKE OFF: Tara Tangney and Tracy Coyne pictured with Charlie Mae Mac Sweeney are organising a bake off next week in aid of the Great Bake Off for Crumlin and Temple Street. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

It's time to break out the baking equipment as two local ladies are planning a fundraiser for Crumlin Children's Hospital and Temple Street.

Legion GAA club members, Tracy Coyne, previous winner TV3's Great Irish Bake Off, and Tara Tangney of Tara’s Baked Bouquets, have organised the event to raise money for the children's hospital.

'The Great Irish Bake Off'  takes place next Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29 and both will be judging the competition.

It is open to all people not just Legion members and there are six categories: bread, tart/pie, cookie, small decorated cake, cupcake/muffin, large decorated cake but no fresh cream. There are two prizes for each category and drop off will be at Legion Clubhouse between 6-8pm next Friday.

Cake sale of baked goods will take place at Legion Clubhouse from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday May 29.

And should you wish to donate some goods but not be judged in the competition that’s perfectly ok too, they said.

The duo are friends with Legion Club Secretary Lara O'Brien whose daughter Charlie Mae had open heart surgery shortly after birth last year. Now 17-months-old, she's thriving but the women wanted to do something to help. Just last weekend Lara herself raised over €10k by running a marathon around Killarney with the funds going to play therapists in Crumlin.

"We're delighted to be supporting such a great fundraiser," Tracy Coyne told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We're encouraging all the small bakers to get involved having been honing their skills over lockdown. We're very excited to be looking at all their efforts."

Tara, who will be personalising some cupcakes on Saturday and will be giving out tips and tricks, added that both she and Tracy "are happy to be giving something back".

Entry is €1 and will be donated to Temple St/Crumlin. There will be a form to fill out on the day. Winners will be announced live on Legion's Facebook page at 11am.

If you have any queries please contact legion.secretary.kerry@gaa.ie or alternatively Tara Tangney at 087 226 0209 or Tracy Coyne 087 760 0099.

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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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