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Global success for marathon man Conor

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HE LACED on his running shoes for his very first marathon in March 2014 and just under three years later Kerry man Conor Cusack has distinguished himself at some of the world’s most famous athletic events.

Tralee native Conor, who works in the Department of Arts in Killarney, completed his 50th medal in Clonakilty in December. “My sister Catherine, who lives in the UK, is also a runner, and I have her to thank for putting the idea of running into my head,” Conor told Killarney Advertiser.

While completing the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon, Conor met Boston Marathon icons Bobbi Gibb, Amby Burfoot and Adrianne Haslett. “I’m a proud member of the Born to Run marathon club in Tralee and Marathon Club Ireland who have helped me immeasurably to get to where I am today,” said Conor.

“I am now a running mentor to a ‘Couch to 42’ training group who will complete their first marathon in Tralee next March.”
Conor’s dazzling medal comes from across the globe. “I’ve run in 15 different countries: Ireland, UK, Portugal, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, USA, Morocco, Turkey, Netherlands, Sweden, Malta, South Africa and Poland,” he said.

Among the highlights of his running career to date are the 56k Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa.

Conor also ran with the famous Team Hoyt, from Boston, when they were in Courtmacsherry, west Cork, in 2015. “Dick Hoyt has pushed his son Rick in over 1,000 races including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (six of them being Ironman competitions),” said Conor. They use a specially designed “Hoyt Running Chair” which is now used by assisted running families all around the world. “It was an honour to push Rick at the Courtmacsherry race.”

Conor added: “I have made so many lifelong friends both in Ireland and abroad through running, it has truly been a life-changer.”
The Kerry runner also has medals from the Berlin and Paris marathons as well as from the 60k Ultra Marathon in Central Park, New York, and the 100k Tralee Ultra Marathon. “I will be competing in two of the marathon ‘majors’, Boston and Chicago, this year,” he added.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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