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MEMBERS of the public attending Thursday’s State Commemoration at Banna Strand are being asked to arrive early and use free shuttle buses where possible. The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, will attend a State Commemoration at Banna Strand at noon on Thursday to mark the arrival there 100 years ago of Sir Roger Casement and his companions, Robert Monteith and Daniel Bailey.

People driving to the event are being asked to arrive by 10.30am at the latest and to park in the designated parking areas. However as parking is limited at the site, members of the public attending are being encouraged to use free buses which will be operating from the beach car park in Ballyheigue and from three locations in Tralee – the Rose Hotel Car Park, the Brandon Hotel Car Park and Garvey’s SuperValu Car Park. Buses will depart from 10am.

The ceremony at Banna will be attended by relatives of Roger Casement and Robert Monteith as well as the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, the German Ambassador, Matthias Hopfner and the British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott. Part of Casement’s speech from the dock will be re-enacted by actor, Declan McCarthy and there will be performances by Siamsa Tíre and Mike Hanrahan and Breandán Ó Beaglaíoch, who will sing “Lonely Banna Strand”.

President Higgins will deliver a keynote address and will lay a wreath at the anchor of the Aud, which will be present at the ceremony. The national flag will be raised and the Proclamation will be read. There will also be a fly-over by the Air Corps.

After the event at Banna, the President will unveil a bust of Roger Casement in Ardfert village at 3pm and visit Ardfert Cathedral before visiting the Casement exhibition at the County Museum at 4pm. The visit to the museum is not open to the public due to space restrictions. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, at 8am, a ceremony will be held at Ballykissane Pier to commemorate Daniel Sheehan, Con Keating and Charles Monaghan who drowned on Good Friday in 1916.

“This is Kerry’s time to shine within the national programme of centenary events, and we encourage everyone to join with us in these special commemorations,” said Kate Kennelly, co-ordinator of events in Kerry. “This is a once-in-a-century event and not to be missed. The Kerry story is central to the story of the Rising and we hope that these celebrations and commemorations will reflect that.”

Traffic and transport arrangements:

There are no further tickets available for Ballykissane. Guests and members of the public attending are asked to use free shuttle buses which are being provided from Library Place (at the bus stop outside the Killorglin Area Services Centre) in Killorglin from 7am.

At Banna, members of the public travelling by private car are being asked to have arrived and be seated by 10.30am. Parking is being provided close to the site of the ceremony and will be stewarded. However, those attending are being asked as much as possible to use free buses as follows. They will depart from three locations in Tralee – Rose Hotel Car Park, Garvey’s SuperValu Car Park, and the Brandon Hotel Car Park, from 10am; and from Ballyheigue (beach car park) from 10.15am. Information is available from 066-7183541.

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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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