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Killarney lads to take on marathon project

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RUN: Friends Eamonn Sheehy and John Cronin plan to run a marathon in June to raise funds for the Kenyan Education Project.

By Michelle Crean

 

Two Killarney lads are set to take on a marathon challenge this June Bank Holiday weekend to raise money for the Kenya Education Project.

 

Friends Eamonn Sheehy and John Cronin, who took up running together 10 years ago, plan to run 42k around Killarney to raise much needed funds for the project which has been hit hard by COVID in the past 12 months.

They set up their GoFundMe: 'Marathon fundraiser for Kenya' four days ago and have already raised over €300 of their €500 target.

Eamonn is son of Eddie Sheehy who set up the Killarney based charity in 2003.

He and John became friends during their time in The Sem and John explained that they took up running to get fit.

"We run together because we weren't very good at football and to keep the weight off," John told the Killarney Advertiser. "We plan to run the marathon around the Demense, Ross Castle, out to Muckross House and back again."

Every year since the charity was set up volunteers from Killarney and beyond have travelled to Embul-Bul village South of Nairobi to work in the primary and secondary schools, the feeding programme and to help out with the soccer academy that was set up with the help of the project.

"We have been exceptionally lucky to have been supported by the local people of Killarney and beyond since 2003 with donations that go straight to the people in the village," Eamonn said.

"Every year children are sponsored in school and have their fees, uniform and books paid for with donations from Killarney people. The students are also fed every day in the school. Over one hundred children are also fed in the feeding programme on a daily basis also. This year our fundraising events have been curtailed due to COVID-19 but we have continued to receive donations too from people and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated."

He added that the Kenya Education Project has been sending out €500 a month to Embul-Bul to pay for food parcels which are distributed to the families of the students in Brother Besaung School.

"The aim of the marathon is to raise enough money to cover the cost of the food parcels for a month and hopefully make some form of a difference to the lives of the people in Embul-Bul."

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Rodeo lasso demo to kickstart 4th of July Festival on Friday

Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes. The choir […]

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Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes.

The choir is due to perform a concert in the town centre church on Friday evening..

However part of their act is a demonstration in the art of lasso ropes – a tradition that stems from the early farming days of the Wild West – and there isn’t enough room in the church for that element of their act.

Instead they will give a lasso demonstration on the grounds of St Mary’s from 5pm Friday.

“They are showcasing on the green space outside our church at 5pm,” the Venerable Simon J Lumby the Rector of Killarney said.

“They will perform rodeo lasso stunts as part of their act. We couldn’t accommodate that during the concert so we’ve got them to do it earlier outside.”

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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