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Sean scales Carrauntoohil 10 times in a day!

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DIZZY HEIGHTS Ultra Runner, Sean Clifford, from Killarney, set an Irish record reaching the dizzy heights of 10,000 m of positive ascent in 23 hours and 53 minutes. Joe O'Leary is pictured behind him. times. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Killarney man sets impressive Irish record

By Sean Moriarty

An exhausted Killarney man is resting this week following his impressive Irish record – for running up and down Carrauntoohil 10 times in less than 24 hours.

Killarney adventure racer Sean Clifford successfully climbed the equivalent height of Mount Everest - reaching heights of 10,000 metres of positive ascent in 23 hours and 53 minutes.

Clifford was joined throughout his record breaking quest by fellow Killarney Ultra Runners, Joe O’Leary, Damien Courtney, Neil Kelders and Harold Clifford, between Friday night and Saturday night last.

Sean set about his challenge, on Caher Mountain, on Friday night, running through the night, ascending, Carrauntoohil, Cnoc an Toinne, using the Devil’s Ladder for ascents, and Bothar na Gige (The ’Zig Zags’) for descents.

“I knew half way through, at around 6am, that I was not happy with the time,” the Woodlawn native told the Killarney Advertiser. “I knew I would need a big push through the day to make the time and height gain.”

“It was a huge team effort,” Sean, who bases himself in Nancy, France on the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, said. “Joe deserves a lot of accolades. He joined me with 12 hours to go, and pushed me every step of the way. We knew we were under pressure to make the time and Joe was working out the mathematics on what route up and down we should take to keep on target.”

Sean returned to a hero’s welcome at Cronin’s Yard late on Saturday night. Joe contested the Munster mountain bike event at Shronaboy, Glenflesk on Sunday.

Sean has competed in races across the globe, the UTMB in France, Diagonal des Fous on Reunion Island, El Cruce in Chile and Ankor Ultra in Cambodia. More recently he has placed second in Ireland’s longest and toughest ultra-marathon, the Kerry Way Ultra last September.

The team are also preparing a documentary on their achievement and, subject to editing, should air later this year or earlier next year.

His record breaking run raised funds for Dementia and Alzheimer awareness.

“A lot of people donated and I promised myself that if I failed I would return all the donations,” he added. “I wanted to hold myself accountable.”

 

 

 

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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