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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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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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