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Jingle bells all the way as shoppers make tracks for Killarney Outlet Centre

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There is always a huge attendance at the annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet Centre every year. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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WE ALL know that feeling of mild panic and general anxiety as the countdown to Christmas begins in earnest. This year you can relax completely as the best ever Christmas Craft and Food Fair comes to the main mall downstairs at Killarney Outlet Centre on Sunday, November 27, from 12 to 6pm.

As part of the Christmas in Killarney Festival, this well-established craft and food fair offers a wide and eclectic range of quality local arts, crafts and food products.

Christmas shoppers can shop early and avoid the usual last minute rush for presents, with truly unique and special Christmas gifts all under the one roof.
Prepare to be mesmerised by the sheer quality and craftsmanship of the many beautiful items on display. Everything is handmade from natural materials and bears the distinctive mark of the eye and hand of their creator, be it weaving, cheese, a piece of pottery or woodcarving, candles or chocolates!

A selection of quality local food producers will be tempting passers-by with their unique delicious products and offering you the chance to rediscover the joys of the fresh quality foods still being produced in Kerry with such care and dedication. Shoppers won’t be able to resist the smell of fresh waffles, the allure of jams, preserves and pates or the taste of traditional home baking. For the sweet of tooth, there are sumptuous handmade chocolates, fudge, and Christmas confections.

There is bound to be something to suit all tastes and pockets, with such a wide variety of quality handmade Irish crafts for sale, from crochet and knitting, ceramics and glassware to original paintings, old Kerry photographs, handmade Christmas cards and ornaments. Those seeking distinctive creations will be thrilled with the range of day and costume jewellery on display as well as hats, bags, scarves, clothes and accessories.

As well as the uniqueness and beauty that makes hand-crafted designs such a thoughtful gift, shoppers can rest easy in the knowledge that they are actively supporting local artists, craftspeople and food producers in their creative endeavours, buying directly from the producer at a much reduced price!

With free entry and ample car parking nearby, why not solve all your Christmas shopping headaches in one fell swoop on Sunday, November 27, at the Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet Centre from 12pm to 6pm.
 


 
Pictured above: There is always a huge attendance at the annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet Centre every year.
PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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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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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 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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