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Leaving Cert students look forward to the future

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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Leaving Cert students from Killarney Community College reflect on their final school year. From l-r were: Aoife O'Brien, Sinead Gleeson, Alex Quinn, and Danny Cremin.

After a turbulent final year in secondary school for the current Leaving Certificate cohort, a number of Sixth Year students in Killarney Community College reflected on their experiences and outlined their hopes for the future.

Aoife O'Brien hopes to study home economics and Irish teaching in Sligo next year.

"I see the revised Leaving Cert as a good thing," she said. "It alleviates a lot of stress. The duration of the exams along with the layout are more student friendly."

Reflecting on the obstacles encountered this year Aoife added that "it was difficult to motivate yourself at times with remote learning but I think it has taught me how to adapt to challenges".

Daniel Cremin already has a carpentry apprenticeship in place for next year after a great experience doing subjects like metal and woodwork in the college. Regardless of his apprenticeship, he intends to sit all his exams. Daniel felt the last few weeks have been stressful with many class tests in preparation for the exam. "I feel we missed out on school outings such as field trips, college open days, but saying that I think I'm ready for anything life throws me after the madness of this year!"

Talented musician Sinead Gleeson felt she really missed singing and performing in the school choir at various occasions. Sinead has two offers of college places in the UK already for occupational therapy pending results, and is looking forward to a new challenge. "After this year, I have a greater appreciation of my family, friends and I don't think I'll ever take the small things I enjoy doing for granted. I see a bright future ahead of me and I'm excited to move on to the next chapter of my life - once I get over the Leaving Cert!"

Alex Quinn sees his future in computer engineering technology and is hopeful of going to CIT to achieve this. He felt there was great uncertainty surrounding the Leaving Cert for far too long but is happy with the new arrangements.

"It gives us every opportunity to achieve what we want," he said.
"I like that teachers have an input in our grades as they know us best and know the work we have put into the subject." Alex is hopeful that by the time he gets to college there will be some form of normality. "We have missed out on so much, I hope that we get to experience college on campus as opposed to behind a computer screen at home."

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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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