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Killarney Valley enjoy historic indoor season

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The rise of progressive athletics club Killarney Valley continues apace. As the indoor season reaches its conclusion, KVAC can proudly reflect on a historic few months that included sending men’s and women’s teams to the National League for the very first time.

The Killarney teams gave good accounts of themselves in Athlone and Dublin. The women’s team of Sarah Leahy, Melissa Ahern, Ellen Moloney, Alison Butler, Grace O’Meara, Rachel Griffin, Ciara Kennelly and Katlyn Moynihan finished 10th overall, while the men’s team of Connor Gammell, Sam Griffin, Karl McCarthy, Dara Looney, Oisín Lynch, Jason O’Reilly, Darragh O’Leary, Jordan Lee and Kevin O’Callaghan came 11th.

“The achievement of our club being able to cover so many events at this national level as a team was always an ambition of ours,” coach and committee member Tomás Griffin said. “The goal was to achieve this by 2024, so to achieve by 2022 gives us great heart that our sport is definitely on the rise in Killarney.”

In the Munster Championships held throughout February and March, KVAC athletes claimed eight individual gold medals and a relay team gold. They also won six silver medals and seven bronze.

At National Championship level the green and purple vest was definitely noticed for all the right reasons. KVAC had five national silver medalists this season, as well as seven bronze. Five KVAC athletes finished in the toughest of spots - fourth place - in national finals and two finished fifth. The national silver medalists were Sarah Leahy in 200m in both National Seniors and Irish Universities; Ciara Kennelly in National U23 and Irish Universities; and Jordan Lee in National U23s.

The National Bronze medalists were Sarah Leahy 60m and Irish Universities; Jason O’Reilly U17 400m; Oisín Lynch U17 800m; Keelin Veerasoo U17 triple jump; Michael Murphy Maters O55 60m; and Darragh O’Leary with UL’s cross country team.

“The over-arching theme for this indoor season has been the sense of ‘team’, even though athletics is viewed as an individual sport,” Griffin explained. “We can hold testament to the fact that when the culture and ambition is built on ‘We are Better Together’, then the future continues to be ‘KVAC Rising’.

Great credit must go to coaches Con Lynch (distance); Tomás Griffin and Alan Delaney (sprints, hurdles and jumps); Tom Doherty (throws); Bríd Stack, Jean Courtney, Jerry Griffin and Sylvyn Veerasoo (teens); and Kevin and Karen Smith, Amelie Leventi and both Anna O’Sheas (juveniles).

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Donaghy’s move to Roscommon “absolute rubbish”

By Sean Moriarty Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”. Several news outlets, including locally based […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”.

Several news outlets, including locally based media, ran stories on Monday night saying the four-time All-Ireland was set to take over as the Roscommon boss.

Almost as quick as the news reports were published Donaghy took to Twitter to correct them.

“Absolute rubbish,” he tweeted.

“I did not speak to one single person associated with Roscommon GAA. What has happened to fact checking a story these days.”

Donaghy has been part of the Armagh county set-up for the last two seasons. He is also preparing for another season in the Irish Basketball Superleague with Tralee Warriors at the age of 39.

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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