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New eye catching mural brightens Clovers Lane

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WALL ART: Artists Adam and Darren Warren putting the finishing touches to the Killarney mural with Mayor of Killarney Brendan Cronin, at the weekend. Photo: Don MacMonagle

By Michelle Crean

Two artists have put a splash of colour in one popular town lane way as their eye catching work was unveiled to the public this week.

Artists Adam and Darren Warren (ADW) put their creative touch to the gable of a building at Clovers Lane and the Glebe car park to depict the built and cultural heritage from the industries in the lanes to the estate town and ecclesiastical heritage.

It is all part of Creative Ireland Kerry 2020 Walls Project bringing trademark high profile murals to a number of locations in Kerry and supported by the stimulus fund announced by Minister Catherine Martin.

The Walls Project, best known for managing the ground-breaking Waterford Walls festival since 2015, has been working with Kerry County Council Arts Office Creative Ireland Kerry and Killarney and Castleisland Corca Dhuibhne Municipal Districts to bring art to prominent locations in Killarney, Castleisland and Scartaglin.

The Arts Office and Edel Tobin of the Walls Project discussed the potential to deliver some key murals in the timeframe allowed for the stimulus fund.

"There are many layers of history and heritage in the story of Killarney; one that continues to evolve," Killarney Municipal District Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Brendan Cronin, said.

"This mural will give an insight into some of the people of the past and how they made their living in the town of Killarney."

Eileen O’Donoghue Municipal District Office added that "it is intended this mural will enhance our sense of place and inspire further creativity in our town".

"This mural is traditional in style but we hope to follow in 2021 with a mix of style and themes to reflect modern and contemporary art as well as unique aspects of the Killarney story. We will be looking for walls and themes so if members of the public have suggestions, we are always willing to engage."

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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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