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New speed indicator light for Glenflesk village

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By Sean Moriarty

A new speed indicator light is to be installed in Glenflesk village in the coming weeks which is just one step of many road safety requirements for the area.

On Wednesday, Paul Curry of the Kerry National Roads Design Office, hosted a Killarney Municipal District briefing where he confirmed plans to place the speed indicator sign in the village.

Locally politicians, particularly Cllr Maura and TD Danny Healy-Rae have been campaigning for traffic calming devices in the village for years.

A local woman was fatally injured while crossing the road there in December 2017.

While Cllr Maura Healy-Rae welcomed the decision to install a speed indication sign, she said it was only the first step of many needed to make the village safe for pedestrians.

“These measures need to be implemented in full to avoid any further loss of life at this location but it is important to bear in mind this is one step to address speed and safety concerns at this location,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after Wednesday’s meeting. “The speed limit was reduced, but there is ongoing concerns regarding speed in Glenflesk. I have tabled numerous motions regarding these issues and have called for the need for a full traffic calming scheme inclusive of traffic calming measures, upgrading of the pedestrian crossing and the erection of speed indicator signs. Kerry County Council and the Kerry National Roads Design Office are currently preparing a number of options for a traffic calming scheme and are engaging and consulting with residents and businesses in the area. This is a welcome step in the process that I have campaigned for, for a long time.”

Her father Danny, a former elected member of Kerry County Council and now a TD in Dáil Éireann campaigned for these measures during his time as a councillor.

“This is one part of addressing the ongoing speed and safety issues at this location. This is something we have both been looking for, for a very long time and there have been several motions raised on this important matter,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

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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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