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




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.


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.”


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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Minister passes the buck on major road upgrade

By Sean Moriarty Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Eamon Ryan has passed the buck after being challenged on why the Killarney to Farranfore road has been further delayed. Transport […]




By Sean Moriarty

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Eamon Ryan has passed the buck after being challenged on why the Killarney to Farranfore road has been further delayed.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have been putting off the revelation of the preferred route corridor for the badly needed road for months.

Elected councillors at the January meeting of the Killarney Municipal District expressed their anger after TII failed to honour a pre-Christmas promise.

In November last year the roads authority said it would put the preferred corridor on public display by the start of December.

So far, nothing has been published.

This prompted local TD Michael Healy-Rae to bring the issue to the Dáil where he asked Minister Ryan to make a statement on the delay.

However, the Minister passed the buck, saying the matter was for the TII, the very agency that has not honoured its late 2022 promise.

“As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned,” said Ryan.

“This is also subject to the Public Spending Code and the necessary statutory approvals. In this context, TII is best placed to advise you on the status of this project. Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.”

Next Friday (February 10), will mark 10 working days from the date of the statement was made.


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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Contraceptive Services in Ireland

Birth control or contraception is the use of medicines, devices, or surgery to prevent pregnancy. You can get contraception from most pharmacies in Ireland. Most contraception will need a prescription […]




Birth control or contraception is the use of medicines, devices, or surgery to prevent pregnancy.

You can get contraception from most pharmacies in Ireland. Most contraception will need a prescription from a GP but you do not need a prescription for emergency contraception or condoms.

You can get prescriptions for contraceptive drugs and devices, as well as advice about contraception from GPs, voluntary organisations and private family planning clinics. Voluntary and private family planning clinics usually have charges but may waive them or have lower fees in certain cases.

In Budget 2023 it was announced that the age range for free contraception will be extended to include women aged 16 and aged 26 to 30, from 1 September 2023. This change requires legislation.

Is contraception free in Ireland?

You can get free contraception if you are:

A woman or person with a uterus
Aged 17 to 26
Living in Ireland

What contraception costs are free for people aged 17 to 26?

Any GP appointments about your contraception options
Contraception prescriptions from your doctor (at participating pharmacies)
Emergency contraception (the morning-after-pill)
Fitting, removal and check-ups of long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs)
Other types of contraception such as contraceptive injections, implants, IUS and IUDs (coils), the contraceptive patch and contraceptive ring
Prescriptions for combined oral contraception (the daily pill)

How do I get free contraception if I am aged 17 to 26?

You do not need a medical card.
You need to book an appointment with a GP or doctor to discuss your contraception. This appointment will be free. The GP and pharmacy will ask for your:

PPS number
Date of birth

Your GP will use this information to let the pharmacy know not to charge you for your free contraception prescription. You can also collect your free contraception from some family planning clinics.

Is contraception covered by my medical card?

If you have a medical card, you get free contraceptive drugs, devices and free GP services including contraceptive advice. This also includes emergency contraception. You will have to pay a prescription charge for items you get from pharmacies under the medical card scheme.

What is the situation, if I do not have a medical card?

If you do not have a medical card, and you are not eligible for the free contraception scheme (above), you will have to pay for contraception and contraceptive services. You may be able to reduce the cost of your contraception through the Drug Payment Scheme. For example, the cost of long-acting reversible contraceptives such as the IUS (hormonal coil) or IUD (copper coil). You may also be able to claim tax relief on medical expenses.

Can I get free condoms in Ireland?

Condoms are not free under the medical card or free contraception scheme.

You can get free condoms from:
Sexual health or GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinics
Some sexual health NGOs
Many third level colleges

Where can I get emergency contraception?

Emergency contraception is a back-up contraception. You can use emergency contraception up to five days after having unprotected sex, but it is more effective the sooner you take it after unprotected sex.
You can get emergency contraception tablets (sometimes called the morning-after pill) over the counter in most pharmacies without having to go to a doctor for a prescription.

You can get free emergency contraception if:

You have a medical card, or
You are a woman or person with a uterus, aged 17 to 26 and living in Ireland

You can read more about contraception services on the HSE website:

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0818 07 7860, they will be happy to assist and make an appointment if necessary. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Alternatively you can email on or log on to for further information.

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