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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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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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