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International rally drivers to zoom centre stage to lead parade

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INTERNATIONAL rally drivers Paul Nagle, Rob Duggan, Ger Conway and Noel O’Sullivan Junior have motored into the spotlight to take on the coveted role of grand marshals of this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney.

Paul Nagle is the current World Rally Car co-driver with the Citroen World Rally Team. He co-drives with Northern Irish man Kris Meeke. Following a very successful 2015 where they won the event in Argentina and came second in the UK rally, 2016 saw podium wins at Rally Portugal and Rally Finland.

Ger Conway and Rob Duggan won the 2016 British Junior Championship for Vauxhall UK. They also drove for this team on the world championship round at Wales Rally GB and finished off the year by taking the modified win at our home rally the Killarney Historic stages. Previously Ger and Rob secured the Billy Coleman award for the best up-and-coming rally drivers and in 2013 Rob became Irish national junior champion and in 2015 Northern Irish junior champion.

In 2017 Ger and Rob are competing in the World Junior championship, starting in April in Corsica and then taking in rounds in Sardinia, Poland, Finland, Germany and Spain. “All this wouldn't be possible without our sponsors, family and supporters. Some of our long supporting sponsors are, Rentokil Initial Ireland, O Sullivan's Cycles, Killarney, Eagers Newsagents, Killarney, and Mike Moriartys Centra Farranfore,” they said.

Noel O'Sullivan Jnr is co-driver to Jon Armstrong from Fermanagh. In 2016 they won the Drive D Mac Fiesta Trophy which is held over five rounds of the WRC. This competition aims to introduce the best up and coming young drivers to the challenges of a world championship event.

We are sure to hear more from these world champions in the coming years.
 


 
Above: The grand marshals of this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade are international rally drivers Paul Nagle, current World Rally Car co-driver with the Citroen World Rally Team, third left, Ger Conway, first left, Rob Duggan, fourth left, and Noel O'Sullivan Junior. Also pictured is Anne Marie Kennelly, chairperson, Patrick’s Festival Cill Áirne, and Paul O’Neill, president, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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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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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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