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DRAW: Rory D'Arcy and Liam Warren of Barraduff Community Field Organisation pictured at the INEC Arena, the venue for Sunday night's 'Win A Dream Kerry Home' prize draw.

By Michelle Crean

The final countdown is on ….. as this weekend someone is going to win a dream three-bedroomed detached home located just outside Killarney - and live mortgage free!

Worth €270,000, No. 4 Fuschia Lane, located in the heart of Barraduff village, consists of an A-rated two-storey three-bedroom detached house with a south-facing private garden at the back.

The draw will take place at the INEC, Killarney on Sunday night at 8pm and will be livestreamed on the 'Win A Dream Kerry Home' Facebook page.

Organised by voluntary community group Barraduff Community Field Organisation, the fundraiser was set up to help develop the facilities in the community further with plans in place for a new multi-purpose community hall which will include a full-size basketball court, gym, theatre stage and fold-away seating adjacent to their all-weather playing field in Barraduff village. A work hub to facilitate online connectivity to the workplace will also offer new opportunities to both live and work locally.

Kevin Collins from Cork who won the Easter promotional prize of a €1,000 weekend away in The Hotel Europe. 

“Living mortgage free will be life-changing for one lucky entrant," committee member Liam Warren said. "Our vision is that a lucky family will be able to transform their lives forever, either by coming to live and work in Barraduff or coming here to holiday and enjoy all that Kerry has to offer."

Certainly, the vision of this voluntary group combined with a once-in-a-generation opportunity through this spectacular raffle, offers the prospect of exciting times ahead for the village of Barraduff.

As well as the new home, the second prize is a Mitsubishi Spacestar 1.2L 5-seater car valued at €17,000. A €100 ticket also puts you in the draw for a host of other prizes including Killarney hotel accommodation vouchers, a contemporary suite of furniture valued at €1,000, cash prizes and 1000L home heating oil.

“We are grateful to all the local businesses that have sponsored a range of prizes worth thousands of Euro. I think this is the most amazing raffle I have ever seen!” Liam added.

Tickets for the draw this weekend are still available online at www.winadreamkerryhome.com for only €100.

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Fossa’s marathon man competes in Vienna

By Sean Moriarty They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria. Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world. On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon […]

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By Sean Moriarty

They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria.

Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world.

On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon with Tony recording a personal-best time of 2hrs and 45mins. He finished second in the Over 45 category and 27th overall, while Tony completed the course in 3hrs and 3mins.

“You won’t see one of us without the other,” said Tony.

Niall Thompson of Killorglin was also competing in the event.

Tony is a member of the well-known Harty family of Waterford. His two brothers Phillip and William and sister Rebecca all raced for Ireland.

Tony took up running later than his siblings and contested his first marathon in 2015 when was 39-years-old.

Now 45 he cannot stop running and takes in at least two overseas marathons every year as well as Irish and local events.

“It is all part of the experience,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. Both he and Seamus have previously contested marathons in Barcelona, Valencia and Rotterdam and he intends to return to Spain in early December for another crack at the Valencia event.

He prepared for Sunday’s race by winning overall at the Churchtown 5-mile race in Cork last month and the Antrim Half-Marathon a few weeks ago.

“Vienna was very hot, up to 26 degrees, and lots of people were suffering,” he added. “Vienna was supposed to run in April but it got deferred. We prefer running in cooler conditions. Valencia will be around 10 degrees in December which is ideal.”

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Jordan’s new role with St Paul’s

By Sean Moriarty Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club. Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level. The High Jumper then switched […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club.

Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level.

The High Jumper then switched to track and field and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where he made history by becoming the first Kerry athlete to act as a flag bearer for an opening ceremony and lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.

Now back home and preparing for the next Olympics in Paris, he has returned to his first love and will join the backroom staff at the local Division One basketball club ahead of their National League campaign which begins next month.

His father Jarlath Lee is head coach with St Paul’s.

“Jordan is joining us as our strength and conditioning coach,” Jarlath told the Killarney Advertiser.

INTERNATIONALS

Meanwhile, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club National League team will have a distinctive feel to it this year after securing the services of three overseas players it for the season ahead.

The club’s biggest signing is Canadian professional Ben Miller. It was originally hoped that the former two-time Manitoba Player of the Year would play for the local side last season but the pandemic got in the way and the National League was never played. However, he did play two training games this time last year before returning to Canada until travel restrictions lifted.

“He is a good guy, very approachable and very good with the young members,” Jarlath said.

The club has also signed Bulgarian International Emilian Grudov.

The 20-year-old has already represented his home country at U16, 18 and 20 level.

“He is young, athletic and very good offensively,” added Lee.

The returning Lithuanian Dianius Varanaukus completes the club international line up for the 2020/21 season.

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