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“It was an experience I won’t forget”

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney jockey Oisin Murphy went to hell and back in what he describes as an experience he "won't forget" - and viewers can watch it all unfold on TV screens over the next few weeks.

PUT TO THE TEST: Ciara Griffin Tadhg Fleming Oisin Murphy and Rebecccah O’Rourke from Kerry pictured taking part in 'Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week – The Professionals' starting on RTÉ next week.

Oisin from Ballyhar is one of 20 well known faces including models and influencers, sporting legends and TV stars, singers and comedians who took part in one of the most challenging reality TV series - 'Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week – The Professionals'.

He is one of four Kerry recruits who pushed their bodies and minds to the limit under the orders of Irish Army Rangers and it'll air on RTÉ One beginning on Wednesday next (September 7) at 9.35pm.

Oisin will star alongside former Ireland women's rugby team captain Ciara Griffin from Ballymac, social media influencer Tadhg Fleming from Tralee and fitness expert Rebeccah O’Rourke.

Each of them has excelled in their chosen field but now their reputations are on the line, as they go way beyond their comfort zone, to face the biggest test of their lives, to attempt to pass a condensed version of Special Forces selection.

Over six days, the celebrity recruits will be required to pass numerous rigorous physical and mental tests. Surviving on two to three hours of sleep a night they will have to overcome cold-water events, height tests and claustrophobic challenges as well as various trials of strength, stamina and determination.

It's all based on the actual exercises and tests currently used on Special Forces selection, the DS have designed a course that will test recruits physical, emotional and psychological resilience. It is designed to break all but the toughest of individuals.

"It was a great experience, quite tough," Oisin told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The tasks were really hard, I really enjoyed the fellow sportsmen particularly Eoin Cadogan, he was a great mate in there. I lost quite a bit of weight which was good for me. It was an experience I won’t forget to be honest."

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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