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Unforgettable soccer trip for two Kerry school boys

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HERO MEETING: Classmates, Brian O’Sullivan and Sean Cox, both aged 11, met their hero Shane Long after last Friday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark.

 

By Sean Moriarty

A trip to see the Republic of Ireland soccer team take on Denmark in Copenhagen last Friday night turned into a memorable trip for two Kilcummin school boys.

Classmates, Brian O’Sullivan and Sean Cox, both aged 11, were taken to see the Euro 2020 qualifier at the Danish capital’s Parken Stadium by their dads Brian and Tom.

The trip itself should have been a highlight for the two soccer mad youngsters but what happened afterwards will mean the two school pals will never forget the match.

Ahead of the game they each made up posters asking for their respective idols - Brian is a huge Shane Duffy fan and his classmate Sean is a James McClean fan - to give them their jerseys after the match.

“When I saw them going off with their poster I thought they had no chance,” Brian’s mother Maura told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they got to the stadium early and the Irish team was out practicing and saw the posters and gave the two boys the thumbs up.”

History will record that Shane Long scored the equalising goal, much to the delight of Sean.

After the game James McLean sought out the four Killarney fans in the crowd and handed his jersey to Tom - but Shane Duffy was unable to make it across the pitch.

Sensing Sean’s disappointment the two enterprising dads made their way to the back of the stadium and met a security guard and explained their situation. The guard took their posters to the Irish team’s dressing room and a few minutes later Long appeared and met the two boys.

“It was just fantastic for them,” said Maura.

“Shane Long apologised that all the jerseys were gone away to be washed, but promised Sean he would get it for him.”

On Tuesday of this week the FAI emailed the O’Sullivan family to say the jersey was in the post to them.

 

 

 

 

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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