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Kerry sheep dogs on the international stage

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Kerry is well-represented on two of the world’s most-prestigious Sheepdog Trial competitions.

Tom O'Sullivan from Kilcummin, is a member of the Irish team that will contest the International Sheepdog Trials in Scotland this weekend.

He recently competed in the Irish National Sheepdog Trials in County Down where 150 sheepdog handlers and sheepdogs from all over Ireland competed to make the 15 man Irish Team for this weekend’s international event where 60 competitors from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales will compete at the International for the top prize in sheepdog trialling.

“This is my third time on the Irish Team, having previously represented Ireland with one of my first trial dogs in 2008 and 2011,” Tom told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will compete with my three-and-a-half-year-old  female border collie, North-Hill Tess, and was lucky enough to gain a place on this year’s team.”

Meanwhile 14-year-old Tara Foley, who was a Munster champion at the age of 11, will feature on the world-famous BBC programme, ‘One Man and his Dog’.

Last Sunday night the Glencar native and her dog Sky featured on the BBC ‘Countryfile’ programme as part of a preview to the famous sheep dog trialling programme.

 

 

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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