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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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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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