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Kevin Leahy set for another Arctic adventure

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Killarney adventure racer Kevin Leahy is going to attempt to ski 475km across the Arctic next month.

The proprietor of the Black Sheep Hostel on New Street is no stranger to adventures races in the world’s coldest climates.
Back in 2022 he contested both the Lapland Arctic Ultra and the Yukon Arctic Ultra.
Those two adventure races resulted in the documentary ‘1000kms of chaos’.
Filmed over two years by local videographer Adrian McCarthy, against the challenging restrictions of the pandemic, provided a deep insight into what it takes for an amateur Irish Ultra Runner to train for, prepare and complete in the toughest challenge anyone could imagine.
Not one to rest on his laurels, the long-distance runner is set to do it all gain only this time on skis only.
He has entered the Arctic Spine Race which gets under way in Kungsleden, Sweden on February 6.
“Having never skied more than 30km in one go this promises to be yet another huge challenge for my body mind and spirit,” he said.
He is competing in the event to raise funds and awareness for AsIAm - Ireland's Autism charity,
“I've been ambassador for this charity for two years and now and I'm constantly amazed by the changes I see them making in peoples’ lives,” he added.
“Being neurodiverse, I feel it's very important to support this great charity in their mission to create a more inclusive society.”

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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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