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Kev’s ultra challenge for Down Syndrome Kerry

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RUN FOR CHARITY: Ultra-Runner and charity fundraiser Kevin Leahy of the Black Sheep Hostel, Killarney will run 1000km in aid of Down Syndrome Kerry. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Ultra-Runner and charity fundraiser Kevin Leahy of the Black Sheep Hostel, Killarney, has set an arduous challenge to run 1000kms, stretching from the wilds of the Iveragh Peninsula to the frozen ice of Yukon Canada, in aid of Down Syndrome Kerry (DSK).

Kevin hopes to raise €10,000 for DSK which is a charity very close to his heart as his niece Emilie was born with the condition.

The first of Kevin’s three runs begins at sunrise on Saturday July 11, at the Bronze Age Wedge Tomb at Coomakista, Derrynane.

Kevin is also taking the honours to be the first ultra-runner to set the time of a new running challenge - ‘Ancient Warriors Trail’ a journey of endurance and self-discovery along the Iveragh Peninsula, Kerry Way, Cnoc na dTobar and MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

120km of trails, completing this run with a customary “bang on the door for a Pint at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, Gap of Dunloe that night.”

His second race is the spectacular annual Kerry Way Ultra - a 200km, non-stop endurance race on September 6 and 7, which traverses the MacGillycuddy's Reeks and Iveragh Peninsula, along ancient trails and coastal cliffs.

Kevin is no stranger to harsh conditions; last year inspired by the greatest Kerry adventurer - Arctic explorer, Tom Crean - Kevin made world headlines by winning the famous Yukon 160km Arctic Ultramarathon!

His third and most daunting challenge in 2021 is the mammoth Yukon Arctic 700km Ultramarathon - a gruelling 10 day race of physical and mental adversity, with temperatures as low as -30°.

“This time I will be setting my sights on the mammoth Yukon Arctic 700km ultramarathon. To date, this will be by far my biggest running endeavour, requiring months of training, along with a tank load of mental and physical grit to get me across that frosty finish line. I hope that during this challenge, adversity will be my greatest teacher. A sincere thank you in advance for your support,” Kevin said.

To donate to Kevin’s amazing challenge via the following link: www.give.everydayhero.com: kevs-1000km-adversity-run-for-down-syndrome-kerry.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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