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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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Dan Tim to drive sheep over London bridge

London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday. Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry. He employs over one thousand […]

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London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday.

Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry.

He employs over one thousand people through his labour hire firm ‘Danny Sullivan and Sons’, and has employed countless Kerry people, many of them from his native South Kerry, since its foundation in the mid-1980s.

The Freedom of the City of London allows the bearer to herd one hundred sheep over the landmark Tower Bridge.

However, logistical issues and traffic management plans mean the number of sheep has been reduced to less than 10 and the event will now take place over nearby Southwark Bridge.

London-based news channels, including the BBC, are expected to cover the event while hundreds of his family and friends from South Kerry will be in London to witness the unique event.

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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