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Join Sam Maguire on a unique charity trek

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by Adam Moynihan

The organisers of a unique fundraiser are inviting Killarney Advertiser readers to join Sam Maguire on a St Stephen’s Day charity trek.

The most famous trophy in Irish sport will be carried to the summit of the Western Pap to help raise much needed funds for the Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus and the Brian Lawlor Trust.

Participants will meet at Glenflesk GAA club at 9.30am on December 26 before ascending the 690-metre peak.

“Proper footwear and warm clothing, not to mind a fair level of fitness, will be required for the challenging trek,” one of the organisers, Rory D’Arcy, said. “It is very important for safety and insurance purposes that all participants meet at Glenflesk GAA clubhouse to register at 9.30. Water will also be essential. We also advise all participants to bring along a good walking stick as it can be a great help.

“All donations are welcome online or on the day for these worthy causes.” To donate online, visit idonate.ie/fundraiser/samtothesummit.

Members of the Glenflesk and Rathmore clubs, as well as others from the greater East Kerry area, have joined forces to organise the event.

Brian Lawlor is a keen U5 footballer from Rathmore who is currently battling illness.

“Every cent raised will go to support family, friends and neighbours on tougher journeys than our climb,” volunteer Emma Cooper said.

Rathmore man Donal Murphy is another organiser driving the initiative. “These are great causes and we need your support,” he added.  

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Cronin’s title fight to be streamed at Jimmy Brien’s Bar

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Kevin Cronin is aiming to make history on Saturday night by becoming the first Kerry man to win a professional boxing title – and you can watch it all at Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Killarney.

The Milltown native will fight for the vacant Boxing Union of Ireland Celtic light heavyweight title when he goes up against Limerick man Jamie Morrissey at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. The eight-round bout is expected to start at some time between 8pm and 10pm.

Cronin and Morrissey are both undefeated in the professional ranks (Cronin is 5-0 and Morrissey is 4-0) so a high-quality encounter is on the cards. Morrissey is looking to become the first two-weight champion having already secured the super middleweight belt.

For those who cannot make it to Belfast or to Jimmy Brien’s, the fight will be streamed live on Cronin’s Facebook page.

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Aidan O’Mahony opens up about his fight with depression

By Sean Moriarty Kerry football legend Aidan O’Mahony will appear on TV tonight (Thursday) to speak about his mental health battle. Aidan, who will appear on the popular TG4 Laochra […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry football legend Aidan O’Mahony will appear on TV tonight (Thursday) to speak about his mental health battle.

Aidan, who will appear on the popular TG4 Laochra Gael tonight – will speak openly about how he overcame chronic health problems in his youth to take his place on one of the greatest teams of all time.

But when he was in his prime, he became embroiled in controversy as the first GAA player to fail a drugs test.

His mental health deteriorated and after a spell in a treatment centre, he faced the greatest challenge of his life – to rediscover his purpose and his love of the game. He found both in a promise he made when his father passed away.

Five All-Ireland senior medals, two All-Star awards and over 70 senior championship outings in Kerry colours, shows just what the Rathmore man gave to Kerry football.

He may have retired from inter-county football six years ago, but only a few short weeks ago he was part of the Rathmore club side that won the All-Ireland Intermediate Club title.

Now, at 42 years of age he is ready to call time on an illustrious career.

“I needed to step away from reality, society, everything that happened externally over the years had crept in and I had a decision whether I wanted to go down a dark path or go and get help about it,” the Tralee Garda said.

Tonight’s programme will also feature contributions from his former teammate Kieran Donaghy and local councillor Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, as well as family members who helped him through the good and bad times.

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