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Killarney’s Olympic hero arrives home

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By Sean Moriarty

Olympian David Kenny - who made his Olympic 20km race walk debut in Toyko last week - is already setting his sights on a better result in Paris in three years’ time.

The 22-year-old from Rusheen, Firies exceeded all expectations by coming in 29th place overall but he has already turned his focus to the next Olympics in 2024 where he hopes to move even further up the ranks.

“Qualifying for Paris is almost a given,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “The people around me expect more, Sport Ireland, my training group, and to be honest, I agree with them.”

David arrived home to Firies on Wednesday night. He shared the long-haul flight from Tokyo to Dublin with Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington and the rest of Team Ireland.

While Harrington was whisked away for an open-top bus tour of her native inner city north Dublin, the rest of the team quietly went their own ways – an unwelcome side effect of pandemic restrictions.

As result of those restrictions the Tokyo games lacked the usual hype associated with the Olympics and David believed this helped him perform better in the race.

“There was no hype around the [Olympic] village, that helped me concentrate on my race," he added. “Other lads were telling me this was not the same as other Olympics, but I had no knowledge of what the other games were like.”

He was also full of praise for the enthusiastic Japanese fans.

“The Japanese were great, they lined the whole route, both sides of the road, for my race,” he said.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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