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“There are no words to describe it” – Winner of €350k house still in shock

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RECEIVING THE KEYS: Marion Murphy pictured with her family from Gneeveguilla receiving the keys of their new home at No.5 Sailin Rae, Park Road winners of ‘Win a House in Killarney’. Front row from l-r were: Marion Murphy, Carmel Casey and John Lane (Committee Member Ardfert Community Council). Back row l-r were: Tim Foley, Niall Foley, Maurice O’Driscoll (Chairperson of Ardfert Community Council) and Angela Ryan (Treasurer of Ardfert Community Council). Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan 

By Michelle Crean

Winning a four-bedroom house worth €350,000 may be wishful thinking for most of us - but that's exactly what happened to Marion Murphy who is still getting over the shock.

Marion, who now lives in Bantry, had split the cost of the €100 ticket with her father Tim Foley, brother Niall and sister Carmel Casey, all from Gneeveguilla.

Ecstatic to learn that it was the winning ticket, Marion told the Killarney Advertiser that it still feels "surreal" for them.

"We were at home and we said we'd spilt the ticket and I bought it online," Marion said.

"It's still kind of unbelievable. It's like winning the Lotto. It's a lovely four-bed house, it's fab. It's amazing and we haven't really realised the extent of the win."

The 'Win a House in Killarney' draw saw participants hope to bag themselves No. 5 Sailin Rae, part of a new development of four bedroom semi-detached houses located just off Park Road. And it proved so popular that Ardfert Community Council, who set it up, have raised over €550,000 for their community project to create more recreational and public spaces in their community.

"Our target was to raise €530,000 and we've over €550,000 and still waiting on the total figure," Declan Raggett from Ardfert Community Council told the Killarney Advertiser.

The community have developed a full sized soccer astro pitch which opened a number of weeks ago, he added.

"We have a fully lit 800m long walkway which is open to the public. And there's a full sized grass field. Phase two is a full size hall, a public space for all," he said.

He added a huge thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser.

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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.

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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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