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On their marks for world’s most beautiful road race

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Louise Devaney and Eddie O'Sullivan competing in the Run Killarney.

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SOME 2,000 intrepid runners and walkers got off to an early start on Saturday to compete in what organisers promised to be the “world’s most beautiful road race”, in the form of the Run Killarney event.

Molls Gap provided a misty start line for the half marathon which got under way at 8.30am. The route encompassed Ladies Views, Killarney National Park and passing iconic landmarks including Muckross House and Abbey.
“Competitors enjoyed stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney and the unspoiled beauty of the Park,” said spokeswoman Lisa Daly of organiser Elite Event Management.

In the half marathon the first male to finish was Niall Shanahan (Cork) who set a new course record of 1 hour 13 minutes 39 seconds. In second place was Christopher Murnane (Cork), 1 hour 15 minutes 49 seconds and finishing third was Donal White (Kerry Crusaders) 1 hour 16 minutes 2 seconds.

The first female home in the half marathon was Teresa Diaz (Spain) 1 hour 24 minutes 35 seconds followed closely by local lady Alison Kirwan (Star of the Laune AC) 1 hour 26 minutes 08 seconds and Deirdre Nagle (Eagle AC) 1 hour 26 minutes 19 seconds.

The weather brightened up for the start of the 10k race at 10am. Runners from local athletics clubs An Riocht and Star of the Laune were among the big winners on the day. First across the line in the 10k event was Donal O’Callaghan in 33 minutes 59 seconds, followed closely by the first female Siobhan Daly (Gneeveguilla AC) 41 minutes 26 seconds.

“The Gleneagle Hotel was the centre of activity where competitors were treated to a well-earned massage, Japanese hot tubs, custom made medals and hot food at the finish line. Spectators and participants basked in the summer sunshine at the finish area,” said Lisa.

Now in its seventh year the event attracted competitors from all over Ireland and international athletes from America, Austria, Japan, France and the UK.

Event organiser Oliver Kirwan said" “Events like this are brilliant for the town promoting a healthy lifestyle and showcasing the best that the Killarney has to offer. “Sporting events in Killarney are becoming increasingly popular and plans are under way for an even bigger event in 2017. Events of this size are not possible without huge support of all the volunteers, Killarney Rugby Club, Killarney AC, Killarney town council, Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the Civil Defence and the Killarney National Parks & Wildlife Service.”
 


 
Pictured above: Louise Devaney and Eddie O'Sullivan.

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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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