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Join the Killarney sanctuary runners for Cork City marathon

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RUN: Killarney Sanctuary Runners are looking for participants this June. Members from l-r are: Mike Riordan, Martin Mukendi Fwaba, Molly Molefe, Frances Rowland and Fistou Kinzila.

By Michelle Crean

A local running group hopes to be part of the most culturally diverse running team to ever have entered a marathon anywhere in the world - and they're looking for your help.

Killarney Sanctuary Runners are currently preparing for the upcoming Cork City Marathon and they are keen to get as many Killarney people involved as possible.

The group is one of three in Kerry, including Tralee and Kenmare, which is gearing up for the challenge.

The Sanctuary Runners, which is a non-political group, was established in Cork in February 2018 by Glenbeigh-native Graham Clifford. The aim of this nationwide group is to bring together Irish residents, refugees and asylum seekers to run, jog or walk together. They encourage people to run alongside, and in solidarity with, asylum seekers and refugees in Direct Provision thereby fostering friendship, positivity and respect while bringing greater awareness to the migration system.

This solidarity-through-sport movement has won several national and international awards for their work in building communities focused on equality.

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The Killarney Sanctuary Runners have been going for a number of years too but, like so many activities, were put on hold during the pandemic. With the easing of restrictions the group will be working towards restarting the Saturday morning Killarney House meeting of the group.

In the meantime the Sanctuary Runners are hoping to have 1,500 runners partake in this year’s Cork City Marathon virtually on June 6, wherever they may be – 'Apart but As One'.

Killarney Sanctuary Runners member Mike Riordan is encouraging as many people as possible to get involved.

“Killarney is such a multi-cultural, welcoming town, it’s the perfect place to build a great Sanctuary Runners group," he said. "We want as many people as possible to come out and walk, jog or run with us when we’re back this summer. Just now we’re asking people to sign up for the Cork City Marathon as a Sanctuary Runner, covering a leg of relay (8.5km) or more if they like. It will show we have great local support for what we’re doing."

To find out more about being part of the Sanctuary Runners group for Cork City Marathon you can visit www.sanctuaryrunners.ie. Registration closes on May 27. You can also follow Kerry Sanctuary runners on Facebook and Twitter.

They do not aim to be the fastest running team in the world……but definitely the friendliest!

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event

By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]

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By Michelle Crean

ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.

On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.

It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.

In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.

ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.

Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.

“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”

ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.

Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.

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