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Tina gets on her marks to celebrate half-century adventure in style

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Tina Reed, Killarney, ultra-athlete, taking part in the Kerry Way Ultra Marathon. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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APPROACHING a landmark birthday and seeking inspiration as to how to celebrate it? Well, Killarney woman Tina Reed has set the bar high!

Tina is part of a team embarking on the five-day Itera expedition race, which will start at a mystery location on August 16 and finish in Killarney. “I will actually be turning 50 during the race on the 18th and I'm seeing that as a positive! There's no need to stop adventure and activity just because of age!” said Tina.

The name of the race comes from "tier", the Latin for “journey", and the "a" at the end stands for "adventure".

Artist and art teacher Tina is being joined on the team by her husband Pat Rodgers, Killarney, as well as Brian Harman from Cork and Damon de Boor from South Africa.

“We are sponsored by two local businesses and would like to pay tribute to them; they are Kerry Outdoor Sports and Killorglin insulation specialists DC Energy Solutions,” said Tina.

Tina is no stranger to extreme sports and has previously competed in such challenging events as the Beast of Ballyhoura and the Kerry Way Ultra Marathon.

Team Kerry Outdoor Sports and DC Energy Solutions will be among 40 mixed teams taking part in Itera. “These teams of four are coming from Ireland, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand,” added Tina.

What sets this race apart is the fact that it will start at a mystery location. “The race will cover a distance of 600km – hiking, biking and kayaking nonstop,” said Tina.

“There will be minimal stopping for sleep, probably one or two hours in each 24 hours. The route is kept secret until the race begins! The start location is unknown but the finish is in Killarney.”

Damon de Boor is a new addition to the team, replacing local teammate Eddie Birmingham from Killorglin who unfortunately had to pull out due to injury.
 


 
Tina Reed, Killarney, ultra-athlete, taking part in the Kerry Way Ultra Marathon. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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