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Jordan to turn his attention to Paris and Los Angeles

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By Sean Moriarty

Jordan Lee - who is due back in Killarney this Sunday - says he'll use Tokyo as a learning experience for future Paralympics after missing out on a medal in the High Jump final.

The Killarney high jumper finished ninth after three unsuccessful attempts at 1m 79cm on Sunday last.

The 20-year-old cleared 1m 74cm in his first round but bowed out as the T47 high jump event progressed.

It was a long way off his personal best of 1m 97cm but his long term target is success in the Paris and Los Angeles Paralympics of 2024 and 2028.

“I was very disappointed in my performance, it was below par,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It just did not come together at all. But my main target is Paris and Los Angelus.”

“I am delighted to be coming home to Killarney as an Olympian,” he added.

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Meanwhile his coach Tomas Griffin remained very modest despite helping sprinter Jason Smyth to a sixth gold medal in the 100 metres on Sunday.

Griffin was drafted in to coach Smyth in the run up to his final because Smyth’s team were unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Jason’s success cannot be attributed to me as he has his own coaching team back home and I was only bridging a gap while here,” Tomas told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic […]

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Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition. 

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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