Tralee’s Ironmen and women taking on the globe at the World Triathlon Championships
Kerry's top triathletes will be wearing the Irish colours this month when they represent Ireland at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam.
Eight triathletes from the county are representing Ireland and Kerry as well as their local club on the international field.
Five of the athletes from Kerry are from Tralee Triathlon Club who are proud that their club is well represented at the World Triathlon Championships.
The ITU World Triathlon Championships are taking place from September 14 to 17 in Rotterdam with the opening ceremony on Thursday evening, which includes the parade of the nations where Kerry's finest triathletes will line out for the Irish team.
Among them is Cillian Tierney, who was the first Irish athlete home in Dublin City Triathlon last weekend and who took fourth place overall.
The Tralee teenager is fast becoming a name in the world of triathlon with a number of wins under his belt this season including a win at this home triathlon Tri Kingdom Come.
He will be representing Ireland in the elite race in Rotterdam which takes place on Saturday, September 16th.
Joining him to represent their country are Seamus Hoare, Paudie Murphy, Ciara Tierney and Suzanne O'Sullivan all of whom have trained hard to take their place on the international field representing Ireland at the ITU World Triathlon Championships on Sunday, September 17.
All four are thrilled to be representing their club, county and their country in the sport of triathlon.
"We will be very proud to wear our country colours at the championships," says Suzanne.
Seamus, Ciara and Paudie will all take part in the Sprint Distance race, a 750m swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run, while Suzanne is facing the Olympic Distance of 1500m swim, a 40k bike and a 10k run.
Chairman of Tralee Triathlon Club, John Quilter, says it is wonderful for the club and for Kerry to have these talented athletes represent their county and country.
"We are so proud of their achievements and we wish them every success at the World Championships. They worked very hard to get where they are and representing Ireland is a huge honour."
"It is a proud moment for a local club like Tralee Triathlon Club to have athletes representing Ireland on the international field and we are 100 per cent behind them."
A fundraising quiz earlier this year helped raise funds for the athletes travelling to Rotterdam to pay for their Irish Trisuits and these funds were presented to the club's athletes last week.
"Thanks to everyone who came to our quiz night. The funds are being used to purchase Trisuits for our athletes. The remainder of the funds is for the RNLI," added John.
Meanwhile three Killarney triathletes are also in the line-up with Angie O'Sullivan, Declan O'Donoghue and Tim Horgan, also representing Kerry and Ireland at the ITU World Triathlon Championships.