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Killarney man runs Canadian marathon in memory of late father

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MARATHON MAN: TJ Flynn ran a marathon in Canada today (Saturday) in memory of his late father Tommy.

By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney man today (Saturday) ran 14 laps of the Canadian village he now calls home in memory of his late father.

TJ Flynn, who is originally from Ballaugh, ran the equivalent of a marathon around Waterloo, a small town not far from the famous Niagara Falls, to raise money for Irish Cancer Society night nurses.

His late father, Tommy, died from cancer last year and the Flynn family remain indebted to the night nurses who helped them during their difficult time.

TJ originally planned to run this year’s Galway marathon which was scheduled for October 3, but with the event cancelled and TJ unable to get home due to COVID-19 restrictions he decided he and a few friends would tackle their own event in Canada.

They lapped the village of Waterloo 14 times in an effort to make up the correct marathon mileage and TJ set a sub-three-hour target for the run.

“When dad passed away at home last year, the help and support that nurses and carers gave us during the last days of his life defied words. We will forever be indebted. We truly will," TJ told the Killarney Advertiser.
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“Shortly after we buried dad, my brother and cousins said we would run a marathon for the Irish Cancer Society night nurses. Because of COVID, I haven't been able to get home this year, and marathons have been cancelled all over the world. So, I'm running this over here in Canada. Before dad passed away, we weren't fully aware of the critical role that the Irish Cancer Society fulfils. We are now, and we know that many families rely on their services, that there are families relying on them at this very moment in all parishes of our great county and country."

TJ is no stranger to extreme events having previously contested an Iron Man event in Canada in 2017.
He is also well-known locally and is the author of two novels: ‘Princess of Pig Skins’ and ‘Screaming at the Sky’.

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Puck Goat removed from platform in searing heat

Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat. Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in […]

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Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat.

Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in Killorglin town. As part of the fair’s tradition a wild mountain goat presides over the town from his tall platform over the course of the three days.

Organisers employ a dedicated vet to look after the goat and a team of experienced goat handlers are also on duty for the duration of the festival.

There is also a temperature monitoring device on the platform.

As temperatures hit 29 degrees today (Thursday), the vet and handlers decided it was safer for the goat to be removed from the platform for the rest of the day.

“He is currently resting in the shade,” spokesperson Marcella O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser. “The handlers were monitoring him in case it got too hot, the decision was made to take him down, and the vet says he is happy.”

A decision will be made tomorrow (Friday) on the goat’s return to the platform for the final day of the fair.

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