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YOUR HOST: RTÉ legend Marty Morrissey will commentate on Legion's County Championship which will be broadcast on RTÉ. Photo: RTÉ

 

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Crokes on TG4 – Legion on RTÉ

By Sean Moriarty

 

Football fans who are now prevented from attending their club’s 2020 Garvey’s Senior Football Championship opening round matches have been given some consolation as three out of four matches involving Killarney teams will be shown live on various platforms.

The 2020 Garvey’s Senior Football Championship gets underway this evening ( Friday) when Dr Crokes take on Austin Stacks in Austin Stack Park in Tralee, and that match will be broadcast on TG4 from 7.30pm.

On Saturday, Kilcummin face Mid-Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium at 3pm and this match will be shown live on the Kerry GAA website in pay-per-view for €5 per game format that follows recent matches.

Killarney Legion’s match against Tralee side Kerins O'Rahillys will be broadcast live on RTÉ at 3.45pm from Fitzgerald Stadium. The national broadcaster has taken an increased interest in County Championship matches and this is the third time in recent years that a Legion match has been covered by RTÉ.

Broadcasting legend Marty Morrissey will provide the commentary.

Legion Chairman Fergal Moynihan said that while he welcomed the TV coverage he would still prefer to have the club’s supporters at the venue.

“It is a great honour for the club,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is a good thing for the wrong reasons.”

In a strange move, defending champions East Kerry’s tie with Feale Rangers in Listowel on Sunday evening will not be shown live on any platform.

All matches will have to produce a winner on the day and extra time will be played. In a straight knock-out, the winners of this weekend games go forward to the County quarter finals with no second chance ‘back door’ system in place this year due to the late start to the season.

All match programmes will be available to download from the Kerry GAA website and Radio Kerry will also provide regular updates of all games.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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