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Kevin faces two of the world’s coldest races

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By Sean Moriarty

Adventurer Kevin Leahy is off to challenge himself in the extreme cold again.

On Sunday he will start his second Arctic adventure race - Lapland Arctic Ultra, billed as a race “through Europe’s last wilderness”, and this time he's raising funds for ADAPT Kerry Women’s Refuge and Support Services.

“We are in awe of Kevin here in ADAPT Kerry, he is an incredible athlete with a fantastic social conscious," Catherine Casey, General Manager of ADAPT, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The fact that he has taken the time to think about and support the women and children we work with in the middle of his preparations for his 500k Ultra Marathon is such a great and thoughtful achievement. We wish Kevin the very best of luck in this incredible endurance challenge. We wish him every success on this journey."

Last month Kevin won the foot-race element of the Yukon Arctic Ultra – billed as the world’s coldest and toughest race - where temperatures dipped as low as -50°C – he was only beaten by a cyclist in Canada.

The 500km Överkalix, Sweden-based event is his second race in what Kevin is describing as his 1000kms of chaos and both ice races will feature in a documentary that will be screened at the Kerry International Film Festival later this year.

The race takes place between March 6-16 in the Swedish town, which is about 160km west of the Finnish town of Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus in Lapland.

“The body is well rested, I was home for nearly two weeks but it took a few days to get back into Irish time,” Kevin told the Killarney Advertiser from Stockholm as he awaited a connecting flight to Umea which is close to the Arctic Circle. “I am excited and looking forward to it, I am hearing it is not as cold [as Canada] but there has been a lot of snow, so conditions underfoot will be difficult.”

To support Kevin and ADAPT visit idonate.ie and search Kevin Leahy.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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