Members of Killarney and District Motor Club paid a fitting tribute to their late colleague Mike Falvey who was laid to rest in Churchtown Cemetery yesterday afternoon (Thursday).
Mike passed away last week following a sudden illness.
Mike held many roles in the club and was particularly active if a rally route passed his native Beaufort, Churchtown or Shanera areas.
He is best remembered for his role as a member of the arrowing or stage-set up crew on either the Rally of the Lakes or the Killarney Historic Rally.
“Growing up on the Churchtown stage of the Rally of the Lakes, it was inevitable that Mike and his brothers would become involved in rallying and while Diarmuid and Donal went on to become well known and successful co-drivers, Mike concentrated on the many tasks behind the scenes, without which any rally cannot happen,” said a club tribute statement.
“Mike, following in the footsteps of his first cousin, Podge Moriarty, initially came into the Rally of the Lakes team to take on one of the most difficult, but crucial, roles in any rally, namely the erection of the arrows and other stage signage along the rally route.”
It was a job he took on with unprecedented professionalism and dedication – as he would have said himself: “If it’s worth doing at all it is worth doing right and if you cannot do it right, just leave it after you.”
With his motto firmly at the forefront of club members’ minds, KDMC gave Mike the send-off he deserved.
Over 50 members of the club lined the road from his father Jerry’s house in Cappaganeen to St Mary’s Church Beaufort.
The road from St Mary’s to his final resting place at Churchtown Cemetery was laid out in the same style as a rally stage, each junction correctly numbered and perfectly arrowed as if Mike had done the job himself. Each location was marshalled by members of the club or neighbouring clubs in recognition of his work as Chief Marshall for the Rally of the Lakes.
“Mike’s sudden and unexpected departure at the age of 46 has shocked and saddened all who knew him and has brought home to all of us in KDMC the importance of the role which Mike played during his years as a valued member of both the Rally of the Lakes and the Historic Rally Teams,” added the club statement.
His funeral cortege, which was led by his Citroen van, decked in official rally stage set-up door-panels and driven by his brother John, was another tribute to a man who had done so much for the club over the years.
“It was great to see Killarney and District Motor Club come out in force to show their respects to one of the club’s faithful colleagues,” said Dermot Healy who was one of the organisers of Thursday’s marks of respect. “Over 50 members lined the road from his dad’s house to St Mary’s Church.”
Mike will be missed by his daughter Chloe father Jerry his partner Tanya, brothers John, Diarmuid and Donal, sisters-in-law Siobhán, Máiread and Kelly, nieces, nephew, aunts, cousins, neighbours and many close friends.
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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.
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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