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‘Joe’s resilience and strength of character are inspirational’

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A YOUNG Killarney man needs your help and support as he seeks specialised treatment for major spinal injuries. In 2014, Josef Urbanszky was enjoying life as a popular, sports-loving 18-year-old. But in May of that year Josef received a spinal chord injury as a result of breaking his neck in a car accident.

Josef was a passenger in the vehicle that was involved in the devastating car accident, which would change his life forever. Josef, a keen sportsman and musician, was paralysed from the chest down.

The young man, who has lived with his family in Killarney from the age of nine, was immediately transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin where he spent three months recovering and underwent major surgery for his broken neck.

With the devastating news that he was paralyzed from the chest down, Josef was transferred to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire to begin his long road of recovery and adjustment to his injury.

Now his family, friends and neighbours are helping him settle back into his life in Killarney and help him receive specialised physiotherapy in Slovakia.
“In order to ensure that Joe receives the ongoing rehabilitation and care that he desperately needs we need your help,” stated his family.
“The costs involved are substantial and far outreach what is possible for the family. Therefore we are asking that you please donate what you can to this very worthwhile cause. Joe’s positivity, strength of character and resilience are an inspiration to us all. Please help, no amount is too small. Thank you.”

The popular young man has a wide circle of friends and in November students and staff of St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School in Killarney helped generate cash for his treatment via their fundraiser Run in the Dark.

A Bank of Ireland account has been set up – account code: 79549038; sort code: 90-57-58; IBAN: IE96BOI190575879549038. You can also see https://www.idonate.ie/mobile/1554_josef-urbanszky-fund.html
 


 
Pictured above, Josef Urbanszky, Killarney.

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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