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Teacher to run 150km for air ambulance charity

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CHALLENGE: Seán O’Riordan, who teaches at Holy Cross Mercy Primary School on New Road, plans to run 150kms for the Irish Community Rapid Response air ambulance. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Sean Moriarty

 

A Killarney school teacher is attempting to run 150km throughout the month of November to raise funds for the Irish Community Rapid Response air ambulance.

Rathmore man Seán O’Riordan (28) teaches at Holy Cross Mercy Primary School on New Road.

The Millstreet based Irish Community Rapid Response has been in operation since July last year but it is funded entirely by charity donations and without Government assistance.

Seán, who plays Gaelic football for the Rathmore club, has seen the emergency helicopter in action in the skies over Killarney and wanted to do something to keep the service going.

Seán, who is also growing a moustache as part of Movember, was particularly impressed when he heard about the swiftness of its actions.

“The plan is to do 15 sets of 10kms in the month of November," he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I would like to do more but I am not sure if my legs would take it. I have already exceeded my €2,000 target but I want to push that out even further.”

And he thanked everyone for their generous support.

"I'd like to thank the community, particularly the staff of Holy Cross Mercy, for their great generosity."

Donations can be made via www.idonate.ie/oriordan10.

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Street Orienteering added to Wander Wild programme

By Sean Moriarty A new event has been added to the extensive Wander Wild Festival next weekend. Kerry Orienteers will run a family-friendly Urban Orienteering event as part of the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A new event has been added to the extensive Wander Wild Festival next weekend.

Kerry Orienteers will run a family-friendly Urban Orienteering event as part of the festival on March 25.

Participants can start at the Killarney Plaza Hotel Basecamp anytime from 2-4pm on Saturday.

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass. And the Wander Wild Street Orienteering will have courses suitable for all ages and abilities.

“The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace. If you need any help or tips members of Kerry Orienteering Club will be available to assist during the day,” said organiser Brendan O’Brien.

Two routes are available: ‘Wander’ – 2km (easy, wheelchair and buggy accessible) and Wild – 4km (moderate), and bookings can be made via: https://t.ly/jHm2R.

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Quiz helps to fund Easter pilgrimage

A popular annual table quiz, which raises funds to send Kerry children and young adults with special needs to Lourdes, will be held in Killarney next week. The Tim Moore […]

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A popular annual table quiz, which raises funds to send Kerry children and young adults with special needs to Lourdes, will be held in Killarney next week.

The Tim Moore Memorial Table Quiz will be held in the Gleneagle Hotel at 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 29.

The entry fee for tables of four is €40 and it is €20 for teams of four schoolchildren with great prizes up for grabs on the night.

All proceeds will go to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust which organises trips to Lourdes every Easter for children and young adults with additional needs.

They will be brought on the pilgrimage on Easter Sunday and all the volunteer helpers and medical staff that will accompany them will cover for their own travel costs.

The annual quiz, which is running for close on 30 years, is dedicated to the memory of the late Killarney accountant Tim Moore who was a tireless campaigner for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. He passed away, suddenly, in 2002 and his friends have continued the quiz as a tribute to his legacy and to ensure the charity continues to be supported.

It hasn’t been held for the past two years due to the pandemic but all involved are thrilled that it is back for 2023.

Kieran Coffey, the retired principal of Fossa National School, is one of those who spearhead the Kerry pilgrimage to Lourdes and he has appealed to the public to support the very important fundraiser which helps offset some of the costs involved.

“We are delighted to be in a position to continue Tim’s great work and to dedicate the quiz to him. The event is always so well supported by the people of the greater Killarney area and we greatly appreciate that generosity,” said Kieran.

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