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Jordan’s pride as he leads Team Ireland into Olympic stadium

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By Sean Moriarty

Paralympian Jordan Lee has told the Killarney Advertiser of the pride he felt after leading the Irish team during the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony on Tuesday.

Jordan, a high jumper, and fellow team member Britney Arendse (Para Powerlifting) were selected as the Irish flag bearers for the ceremony.

He only learned on Sunday evening and was sworn to secrecy until hours before the event.

“I was very emotional and found myself tearing up when the Chef de Mission [Dennis Twomey] asked me to do it. I was over the moon but also felt very humbled – it just shows the trust they have in me,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I think I must be the first Kerry man to lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.”

He was speaking from the training camp in Tokyo ahead of his T47 high jump which is scheduled for 11.28am Irish time on Sunday morning. The T47 class is for competitors with a below elbow or wrist amputation.

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During the ceremony he had to follow traditional Japanese protocol including bowing to The Emperor of Japan.

“It is really hard to put into words how I felt at that time, how much pride came into my body,” he added. “You see this on TV, now I was the guy on TV. It was very surreal bowing to the Emperor. There are so many more, vastly experienced, people on this team and they chose me – a 21-year-old from Killarney.”

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Jordan is sharing the Olympic Village living accommodation in Tokyo with some of Ireland’s most experienced Paralympic athletes including Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop.

Smyth, who is legally blind, is competing in his fourth Paralympics and is chasing his sixth gold medal in either the 100m or 200m sprints.

McKillop is also competing at his fourth Paralympic Games and has won four gold medals over longer-distances like the 1500m or the 800m before that race was dropped from the Paralympic schedule. He competes with a mild form of cerebral palsy.

“I have become very friendly with the two lads over the years from various other international competitions. These men are the greatest of all time. They have helped me pass the time while remaining focused,” Jordan added.

One of their pastimes at the Olympic Village is studying their training statistics over the last few years and turning them in to fun facts.

In preparation for the games Jordan has jumped the equivalent 9090 metres – or nine times the height of Carrauntoohil and has lifted over 120,000 kilos - roughly the same weight as a Boeing 747.

“It just shows you cannot just rock up and compete at this level, there are no two better men to turn to,” he said.

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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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