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St Brigid’s girls say farewell to school life

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SPEECH: Sixth Year student Lia Murphy gave a speech on Graduation Day.

GRADUATION DAY: Alison Moynihan, Ciara Moynihan, Ava Leslie, Naoise O'Shea and Holly Power who graduated from St Brigid's.

St Brigid's students celebrated their graduation day on Friday last saying goodbye to school life as they prepare for the future.

The students enjoyed an awards ceremony in the morning and later Kilcummin Gourmet Kitchen prepared special individual lunch packs for the girls. Afterwards they went over to the cathedral for their graduation Mass however it was just students this year as parents weren't allowed due to ongoing COVID restrictions, but they many tuned in online via the St Mary's Cathedral webcam.

The theme of their graduation was 'To Infinity and Beyond' derived from the movie 'Toy Story', where the strength of friendship and freedom are tested.

"And for all of us, our journey’s just begun"

"I believe this works in perfect correlation with our year group," said Sixth Year student Lia Murphy, who gave the student speech on behave of her year group.

Saying it was a very different graduation day to what the students envisioned, she thanked principal Roisin Moore, Ms Lucey and Year Head Ms. McElligott for their unwavering dedication and for organising their graduation.

"A big thank you is also needed to our parents and family members who would have loved to have been here with us. It has been a rough couple of months with endless uncertainties, but you guided us through it all.

"To say we have been unlucky in our current circumstances would be an understatement, socially distanced, masked and no debs was not how anyone wanted this to go. However, if anything was to prepare us for life after school it would be a global pandemic."

To wrap this all up, she quoted principal, Roisin Moore.

“We shall emerge happy, confident, mature young woman with all the skills to reach our potential in whatever we choose to do, and we are destined to make a positive contribution to the world.”
And for all of us, our journey’s just begun."

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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.

INTERNATIONALS

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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