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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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