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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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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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