DONATIONS: Pictured left to right are Graham Clifford, founder of the Sanctuary Runners, and Oliver Kirwan, founder Elite Event Management with some of the running gear donated recently.
More than one thousand pieces of running gear were donated to those living in Direct Provision – by people from all over Kerry and beyond.
Organisers staged the collection of running gear at the recent Run Killarney event, to help encourage more people living in Direct Provision centres to get out running. The initiative was a partnership with the Sanctuary Runners, set up by Graham Clifford last year to enable local runners to run alongside, and in solidarity with, those in Direct Provision thereby fostering friendship, positivity and respect while bringing greater awareness to the system in which asylum seekers live.
Running shoes, tops, leggings, shorts, socks and other gear filled numerous boxes after the event. This gear will now be distributed to Sanctuary Runner groups around the country to help encourage more people living in Direct Provision have the opportunity to try out running with members of their local community.
This year’s Run Killarney saw 10 runners who live in Direct Provision compete alongside Sanctuary Runners from all over Ireland. More than three thousand runners in total took part in the 10k and half marathon through Killarney National Park on Saturday, July 20.
“It’s fantastic to receive this gear on behalf of the Sanctuary Runners,” Graham said. “People who live in Direct Provision wouldn’t find it easy to come by this kind of clothing or gear, and therefore it will make a great difference to many of them who would like to try out running and take the opportunity to engage more with the local runners in their area. We would like to thank the Run Killarney organisers for their support on this. We absolutely loved the event again this year and we’ll be back again next year with even more Sanctuary Runners we hope!”
For more information or to join the Sanctuary Runners group, contact local coordinator Mike Riordan at email@example.com. The group will take part in the weekly Parkruns in the grounds of Killarney House and Gardens in the town centre and you don’t have to be a runner to get involved. If you’re on Twitter you can follow their progress @Kerrysancrun. Plans are also in place for the Sanctuary Runners to spread to the towns of Tralee and Kenmare in the coming months.
Run Killarney takes place on Saturday July 18, 2020 and registration is now open with an Early Bird offer in place until November 30, 2019.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 6024621.
Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter
By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]
By Sean Moriarty
Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.
The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.
Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.
This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.
‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.
His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”
Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.
Sinead is queen of the court
By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]
By Con Dennehy
With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.
Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.
One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.
“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.
In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.
“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”
In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.
In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.
Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.
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