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“Little hero” ready to celebrate first birthday

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LITTLE HERO: Little Noah, pictured with his parents Caroline and Joey Weeks, will reach a milestone birthday next week after a traumatic start to life. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

One boy's first birthday next week will be very special as his parents didn't think he'd survive after suffering from a traumatic and frightening condition at birth.

Little Noah Weeks contracted Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN) - which occurs in one in one thousand babies - and his parents Caroline and Joey recall how it was "touch and go" at the time.

Minutes after his birth Noah, who they describe as their "little hero" was whisked away and placed in an incubator in the Emly Ward in University Hospital Kerry. A team was urgently dispatched from Crumlin Children's Hospital via the Air Corps who rushed Noah up Dublin for specialist care.

And, as it was in the middle of the pandemic it meant only one parent could visit a day, making it an incredibly emotional experience for both parents.

As her little boy battled for his life, Caroline (33) realised just how incredible the staff are and is now fundraising to support them.

She took on the '150kms Your Way' and plans to finish it next Wednesday just before Noah's milestone birthday on Saturday, May 29. They are planning a special socially distanced celebration with an outdoor BBQ with their immediate family all within current Government guidelines.

"I chose to run it and I've done 135kms so far, I'll be finished by Wednesday before his birthday," Caroline told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I'm doing it for Crumlin, they're the reason he survived. It was quite serious and he was touch and go. We're nothing but grateful and we feel really fortunate that there's something like that there. They do such incredible invaluable work, they have the expertise."

She added that Dr Mary McCaffrey from the Scotia Clinic made it possible for her to see Noah being born under caesarean section and she was the first in Kerry to use the "window drap".

She's also been a huge advocate for breastfeeding in Kerry. Caroline thanked Anna O’Donoghue, Lactation Consultant and Practice Nurse from Muckross who works at Ross Medical Practice at the Reeks.

"Noah was on a feeding tube for nine or 10 days. Then I was able to breastfeed, I started pumping and syringe feeding him. Once he was feeding successfully we were allowed home. He's really healthy now. He's our little hero."

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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.

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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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