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Local mountain runner preparing for 176km French race

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney-based mountain runner Joe O’Leary used last weekend’s Skyline Reeks race as one of his preparation events for next month’s Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc.

Competitive mountain running returned to the McGillcuddy Reeks last Saturday and while the 30km course may sound difficult to the uninitiated, O’Leary has his eye on the 176km French classic which takes place from August 22 to 29.

On Saturday members of the Irish Mountain Runners Association ran, climbed and scrambled from Cronin’s Yard, in blistering heat over Cruach Mhór (933m), The Big Gun, Cnoc na Péiste, (988m), Maolán Buí (973m), Cnoc an Chuillinn (926m), summiting Carrauntoohil (1039m), in blistering heat, and onto Binn Chaorach (1010m) and back to Cronin’s Yard via Croc Broinne (854m).

The event was hosted by Munster Mountain Runners Association and organised by Robbie Williams and his volunteer crew.

O’Leary completed the course in 05hrs 05mins 08secs.

Such was the heat and conditions, his time was considerably slower than his previous efforts in the race.

“I easily lost 20 minutes, maybe 30,” O’Leary told the Killarney Advertiser. “It was horrendous, everyone suffered [in the heat].”

The event was won by Ruairí Long in a time of 03hrs 58mins and 41 seconds.

Rosy Temple was the first lady competitor to finish in an unbelievable time of 05hrs 41mins 33secs.
Kevin Leahy was the best local in a time of 04hrs 51mins 08secs.

O’Leary is one of Ireland’s top mountain runners. He is currently preparing for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc a 176km mountain race in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. He will race as high a 10,000 metres during that event and it is his second time competing in it having previously done the 160km version two years ago. On that occasion he ran for 28 hours almost non-stop.

He also tackled a night marathon in the Ballyhoura Forest Complex on Friday night before repeating the same course in daylight on Saturday morning.

“I'm doing the night race and the day race back-to-back as practice,” he added.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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