Ciarán’s chasing his showjumping dream

Showjumper Ciarán Flynn (20) is chasing his dream to compete at the highest level thanks to a key stepping stone that has opened up on his career path at one of the most successful trading stables in Europe.

Ciarán from Doonkinane, Faha, took a major leap forward at the start of June when he was hired by Ashford Farm, an equestrian enterprise owned by Athenry native Enda Carroll, who owns a string of world class showjumping horses. He began with a six-week trial and was hired after one week. Ciarán now follows fellow Ballyhar man and world class jockey Oisin Murphy in making his mark in the equestrian world.

In a roundabout way, the Covid crisis accelerated the showjumper’s career when he left England to return to Killian Browne of Sceilig Sport Horses in Watergrasshill, County Cork when restrictions set in.

Lester’s gift to Ronan benefits St Oliver’s school

People will stop you in your tracks with their generosity. And the failings of the health system will make you tear your hair out in despair.

Ronan Foley (14) is the young Killorglin boy, who is waiting 21 months for surgery to correct painful curvature of the spine caused by scoliosis. His father, Tony, works at Saint Mary of the Angels in Beaufort. Tony’s work colleague, Lester Arnopp, was 50 on March 6.

Lester asked for donations for Ronan instead of presents. He raised €1,370 in total and handed the cheque over last week. Now, this is the point where you’d get a lump in your throat.