Swimmers of all ages got into the splash of things at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre last Saturday, August 17, to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. The ICS is the designated charity for the centre’s parent group, Coral Leisure, in 2019.
“We were delighted with the turnout,” Duty Manager Shauna O’Shea said. “Swimmers of all ages and abilities helped raise funds on the day. Our regulars, young and old, and some of the staff took part. It was great to see them all donating.”
“All proceeds went to the ICS,” Shauna said. “We are proud to contribute to a wonderful charity and will be adding to the raised funds this Friday, August 23, when all proceeds from our very popular Aqua Aerobics class will be going to the ICS too.”
An epic voyage of one thousand miles right around Ireland by kayak over one month was undertaken in 1991 by two friends, Donal Dowd of Cappanalea OEC, and Timmy Flavin, an ESB engineering officer living in Killarney.
The trip was the stuff of true adventure, of endurance tested by challenging elements, spirits buoyed by the raw splendour of nature and of hardship softened by comradeship.
The determination honed by Timmy was to stand him in good stead in 2010 when he was diagnosed with cancer. He faced down the original six-month prediction for his survival and held on to life until May 28, 2015.