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Muckross man to succeed Cllr Michael Gleeson

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By Michelle Crean

A Muckross man has this week said that he has "colossal boots to fill" when he takes over the political seat recently vacated by his uncle.

For almost 40 years Michael Gleeson has been a voice of the people of Killarney and passionately fought issues such as the local environment. The veteran councillor recently made the shock announcement that he was quitting politics almost immediately.

This week it became known that his nephew, primary school teacher John O’Donoghue will be co-opted to Kerry County Council to take his uncle's seat on June 21 at the next Council meeting.

John (37) from Gortdromakerrie and a teacher at Loughquittane National School which is only a mile over the road from his homeplace, was selected by Kerry Independent Alliance to go forward. He told the Killarney Advertiser that although he's looking forward to the challenge, it'll be daunting to fill his uncle's boots.

John was born in 1983 the same year Michael entered politics.

He is a coach and former player with Spa GAA Club and currently works on their admin team. He is also delegate to the County Board. He was chairman of Kerry Independent Alliance for many years and also canvassed on his uncle Michael's behalf which has given him a good political grounding.

"I've got a good, if not daunting start," John told the Killarney Advertiser.
"I've colossal boots to fill. I've always had an interest in politics and I've a good idea of what's involved, and it's been great to be able to pick his brain."

He added that he hopes to hit the ground running and has many ideas, some similar to Michael's.

"I don't want to go in as a de facto puppet but I would share a lot of his beliefs such as the environment."

Top of John's agenda will be to continue Michael's work on the Ballycasheen and Coolcaslagh junctions, pursuing an off road walking trail between Torc Waterfall and Dinis, parking at Blue Pool and also pushing for the GAA museum for Killarney.

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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 […]

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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.”

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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 […]

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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.

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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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