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Kevin Leahy did what they said could not be done

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney people could be among the first people to see a documentary on local adventurer Kevin Leahy’s exploits in the Arctic.

Kevin, who runs the Blacksheep Hostel on New St, has finished his second arctic ultra-marathon since February.

On Sunday last he completed the 500km Lapland Arctic Ultra in Sweden after five and half days in the frozen wilderness.

Last month he finished the 500km Yukon Ultra in Canada.

Alongside him for both journeys was local filmmaker and director Adrian McCarthy.

His Grandview Media production company is now in the process of editing footage from both races and footage of Kevin’s preparations over the last two years.

It will be turned into a documentary called ‘1000kms of Chaos’ and Adrian is hopeful it will be screened at the local film festival later this year.

“We start 20 weeks of editing this week and hope to launch it in September, so hopefully we can show it at the Kerry International Film Festival,” Adrian told the Killarney Advertiser.

“That’s a story for another day. Right now Kevin is the story. He is an amazing man. People that know this sport said finishing two Ultra races like this could not be done in such a short space of time. These athletes usually do one event every six months. The idea itself may have been crazy but the execution was meticulous. Everything he said he was going to do over the last two years – he did it. No one knew if this could even be done but he has done it. What’s next – Everest would be too small for this man. He is the kind of fellow who would want to walk across Greenland or the South Pole but he would take a canoe to get there.”

Kevin enjoyed an extended holiday in Sweden this week but he will be home in time to give a talk on his achievements at next weekend’s Wander Wild Festival.

 

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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