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Susan gets a new look to help charity

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GONE: Susan Stack showing her ponytail after it was cut off for charity.

By Michelle Crean

A Firies woman has taken the plunge and shaved off her hair all in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

AWAY IT GOES: Susan nervously watching on in the mirror as her hairdresser cut her long hair off.

Susan Stack was itching to do something to help a charity whose fundraising has been impacted by the pandemic.

She explained that while she's loving her whole new look, it had been someone on her mind to do for charity for some time.

"I decided a few years ago I wanted to challenge myself if I could grow my hair and stop dying it!" she told the Killarney Advertiser.

"As the time grew nearer I thought why not do a fundraiser and shave it for Irish Cancer Society instead! So I built up the courage to go ahead with it. Cancer has touched everyone in some way."

She added that she has done a few challenge fundraisers over the past year.

"Trying to help these charities at a time like this is important. Every penny counts and with everyone's support we can make the difference! I only did something small and at least it can grow back!"

She added a huge thanks to everyone who supported her along the way.

"I'd like to thank everyone who supported me on the day; Expose Hair and Beauty in Firies who shaved and dyed my hair, make-up by Lorraine in Aherns Pharmacy in Farranfore, and Tara Donoghue Laing who took the photos, and especially everyone who donated!

And she now plans to go the extra mile, literally.

"The fundraiser is ongoing until the end of June as I'm going to walk 300km to keep the fundraiser up, whatever it takes!"

To donate go to Facebook: 'Susan's Shave or Dye for Irish Cancer Society'.

NEW LOOK: Susan Stack pictured with her kids Ryan, Matthew and Callum.

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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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