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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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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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