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Four Killarney nurses complete Ring of London charity cycle

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By Sean Moriarty

Four London-based Killarney nurses have completed a 130km cycle around the city to raise funds for a new bus for St Francis’ Special School in Beaufort.

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FINISH LINE: At the finish line in Finsbury Park Elaine O'Donoghue Michelle Fleming Linda Daly and Aisling O'Donoghue

Outside the Swan (a well-known Irish bar) in Stockwell Linda Daly Aisling O'Donogue Elaine O'Donoghue and Michelle Fleming l

The four, Michelle Fleming and twins Aisling and Elaine O’Donoghue from Dalton’s Avenue and Linda Daly from Mangerton intended on returning home for the annual Ring of Kerry Cycle but pandemic restrictions mean the event is cancelled and they cannot travel anyway.

This year’s Ring of Kerry Cycle is being promoted as a virtual event with the tagline ‘Anytime -Anywhere.’

Michelle had the idea to do a Ring of London and on Monday of this week the four cycled from their Finsbury Park homes to some of the best know sites in the British capital.

They visited iconic sites like the Olympic Stadium in East London, Epping Forest in North London, Richmond Part to the west of the city and Woolwich on the southern banks of the River Thames.

They also visited the ExCel Centre in London’s docklands, the entertainment venue was famously converted into a Nightingale Hospital during the peak of the pandemic.

There journey took them to Wimbledon and within a stone-throw of Wembley Stadium.

The journey was not without drama either, heavy rain, punctures and London’s traffic all added to the challenge.

“You would think London is flat but there are a lot of hills with long drags and we were not expecting that,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser. “Three of us have completed the Ring of Kerry a few times and Elaine was always saying she wanted to do it. I came up with the idea of the Ring of London and the girls went for it.”

Donations can made via
https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11405041_rok--ring-of-london-2021.html

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Man finds ancient shark teeth!

A hurricane left a parting gift for one beach walker – a 10cm long fossilized megalodon tooth. Millions of years-old and 21m in length with razor-sharp 17cm fangs, the prehistoric shark had the greatest biting power of any known animal to ever wander or swim the Earth, which was quite the spectacle in its time. “It’s something […]

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A hurricane left a parting gift for one beach walker – a 10cm long fossilized megalodon tooth.

Millions of years-old and 21m in length with razor-sharp 17cm fangs, the prehistoric shark had the greatest biting power of any known animal to ever wander or swim the Earth, which was quite the spectacle in its time.

“It’s something so ancient,” Jacob Danner, who made the discovery, said. “You pick up something that’s millions of years old from a creature on the planet, and it takes you back to that childlike fascination of dinosaurs and all the mysteries that are only hinted at when we read about them.”

An avid collector and historian, Danner refers to himself more as a hobbyist than an expert. In his most fruitful venture, he said he once found 33 different shark teeth in a two-hour period. However, prior to this summer, he had never come across a megalodon tooth since moving to the coastal area last January.

But even more incredible than his megalodon find? It was his second such discovery in less than a month.
Just three weeks earlier, Danner had found his first-ever megalodon tooth, a long-awaited uncovering that he said almost made him feel guilty.

“The first one that I found, I think it was like June 17 or 18, I just froze and looked around like I was walking on the sidewalk and came across a $100 bill,” he said. “There’s part of it that’s a surprise and another part of it that feels guilty, not sure how to feel. I looked and was just holding it, turning it in my hands.”

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Child discovers 37-year-old message in a bottle

The discovery of a mud-caked glass bottle on the beach by a nine-year-old girl turned out to in fact be a 37-year-old message in a bottle.  From Japan and beause it had been in the water for almost four decades – it made its way to where the child was enjoying a a family day out in […]

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The discovery of a mud-caked glass bottle on the beach by a nine-year-old girl turned out to in fact be a 37-year-old message in a bottle. 

From Japan and beause it had been in the water for almost four decades – it made its way to where the child was enjoying a a family day out in a Hawaiian Paradise Park.

Abbie Graham, of Keaau, and her parents Angie and John Graham said they were initially sceptical that the object was anything other than litter.

“I thought it was trash, and she thought it was treasure,” John Graham told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

The family took the bottle with them, and they eventually discovered Abbie’s suspicions that they had discovered a message in a bottle were correct.

“A couple days later we opened it up, and it was from Japan,” Abbie recalled.

The note inside the bottle was authored by the Chiba Prefectural Choshi High School Natural Science Club in Japan. The message was printed in English, Spanish and Japanese.

“This bottle was thrown into the sea off the coast of Choshi, Japan, in July 1984,” the note read.

In the letter the finder was asked to get into contact with the club with information including the coordinates where the bottle was discovered. It said the bottle was part of an “ocean current investigation”.

The family said they have not yet been able to get into contact with the authors of the message.

“We looked online, but the website is all in Japanese, so we couldn’t read anything,” John Graham said. “So we figured we’d just maybe laminate it and send it back to the school at the address they gave us. We figure the people who sent it have got to be 50/55 years-old by now.”

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