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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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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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