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Killarney man runs for 28 hours straight!

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CROSS COUNTRIES: Joe O'Leary in one of the world's toughest endurance races in the Swiss, Italian and French Alps.

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney man has completed one of the world’s toughest endurance races in the Alps after running almost non-stop for 28 hours.

Joe O’Leary (45), an accomplished mountain runner, took part in last weekend’s Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a 160km race with elevations gains of around 10,000 metres.

Based in the French town of Chamonix, it is widely regarded as one of the most difficult foot races in the world, and one of the largest with more than 2,500 starters. The race, which has strict entry and qualification requirements gained over a two-year period, crosses the French, Italian and Swiss Alps.

O’Leary qualified on the back of several Irish results including winning last year’s Sli Gaeltacht Mhuscrai Ultra Marathon from Millstreet to Ballingeary, but elected to enter the 160km race as opposed to the 170km.

“Believe it or not the shorter distance is actually more difficult as we face more direct climbs,” he told the Killarney Advertiser this week. “The climbing in Italy is crazy stuff, I had one section where I climbed for 2000 metres, around here you have Carrauntoohil, you can only go just over 1000 metres before you start to come down again.”

The Lissivigeen man competed the course in 28 hours and four minutes and finished 29thin his age category.

“I wasn’t watching the time as that would just wreck your head,” he added. “I finished where I thought I would time-wise. My quads were wrecked though that night and my ankle was sore and slowed me up. The last nine kilometres was relatively easy and maybe I could have come in under 28 hours but I was getting hungry and decided to stop for a bowl of soup and enjoy the last bit.”

He hopes to return to the event again and even has ambitions to contest the 320km event that runs alongside the two other races.

“That is a team event, you need a team of four so you are never on your own,” he said. “It is for the real head bangers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shoebox appeal is biggest yet for Faha kids

By Michelle Crean It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet! The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world. The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal […]

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By Michelle Crean

It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet!

The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world.

The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal for approximately six years when parent, Margaret Scully, initially contacted one of the SNAs, Delia O’ Shea, wondering if they’d be interested in taking part. Since then the appeal has been wholeheartedly supported by the pupils, staff and extended Faha NS community.

“This year has been the biggest yet with 140 shoeboxes collected and many more donations online,” Jerry Fitzgerald, Principal of Faha NS, said. “It is a learning experience for the children to realise that there are children just like themselves who may not be so fortunate and they really enjoy being given the opportunity to help out. They have great suggestions as to what to put in the shoeboxes and really put a lot of thought into it. The boxes are wrapped in Christmas paper which is also very exciting both for the children doing the wrapping as well for the children receiving the boxes.” However, he added that last year the COVID-19 pandemic brought about big changes and the physical shoeboxes were not collected. “Instead the children were able to do virtual shoeboxes or donate money. This cloud had a silver lining as this year people have both options and it makes it easier than ever to donate. The shoebox appeal always marks the start of Christmas at Faha NS and we are delighted to be able to help out. We are already looking to smash our record next year! Thanks to everyone who donated. The staff and students of Faha NS would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year 2022.”

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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