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Breen and Nagle to defend Historic Rally title in special car

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Craig Breen has coaxed Paul Nagle out of retirement for next month’s Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally.

Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney with Kerry MaryJo Aaron and Michelle O'Mahoney at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Garda Danny O'Mahony Liam Cronin (Deputy Clerk of the Course) Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney Diarmuid Lynch Inspector Gary Carroll Anthony O'Connor (Clerk of the Course) Paul Nagle and Dan Keane (Chairman Killarney and District Motor Club) at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Dermot Healy Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney Patrick O'Donoghue (Gleneagle Group MD) and Diarmuid Lynch at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney centre with brothers Charlie and John Hickey at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Killarney and District Motor Club will host the event on Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Conlaoch Kelleher at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Bob Moran Denis Cronin Noel O'Sullivan Junior and Noel O'Sullivan Senior at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Popular rally drivers Charlie Hickey Killarney and Tommy Randles Kilgarvan at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Tommy Randles Kevin O'Donoghue Deputy Danny Healy Rae TD and Charlie Hickey at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

entokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney and Anthony O'Connor (Clerk of the Course) with Inspector Gary Carroll Dan Keane (Chairman Killarney and District Motor Club) Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher Deputy Danny Healy Rae TD Garda Danny O'Mahony and members of Killarney and District Motor Club at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Killarney and District Motor Club will host the event on Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

John Murphy Pat Walsh Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney Ted O'Gorman and Aodh Lynch at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

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Cyril Wharton Ted O'Gorman and Diarmuid Cronin at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo:Eamonn Keogh

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The Aghadoe man made the announcement at the rally’s official launch at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney on Sunday.

In October Nagle announced his retirement from the World Rally Championship.

He was in Japan this week to complete the handover to Breen’s new co-driver James Fulton and returned to Ireland on Sunday just in time for the launch.

The 2021 event winners will drive the Ford Sierra Cosworth that Frank Meagher drove to victory in the 1992 Circuit of Ireland Rally.

The late Tipperary driver was Breen’s childhood rally hero and he recently completed a full restoration of the Sierra.

The Killarney rally will be the car’s first appearance since the restoration.

“We are looking forward to going out for a big battle with some local drivers," Nagle said.

Killarney and District Motor Club confirmed at the launch that it had received 230 entries for the 150 available spaces.

Sunday’s launch was attended by several dignitaries including TD Danny Healy Rae and Niall Kelleher who is the Mayor of the Killarney Municipal District and president of the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

“This event is a great advertisement for Killarney; the exposure it gives and the much-needed business at a quieter time of the year," Mr Kelleher said.

"To those visiting our town please do enjoy yourselves."

Echoing those words Healy-Rae said: “This is a great event for the town of Killarney, coming at the dead end of the year, and it gives great exposure for the County of Kerry.”

Club chair Dan Keane welcomed the politicians’ support for the rally.

“It is hugely important that elected officials recognise the importance of motorsport in Ireland,” he said.

Garda Gary Carroll of the Kerry Roads Policing Division was there to bring a road safety message to the large group of rally fans who attended the event.

“Keep the race in the place,” he said. “This is a wonderful event and adds to the town of Killarney and County Kerry.”

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Donie McCarthy to be remembered by Firies GAA with golf classic

On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a […]

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On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a golf classic in his name. Donie was a key figure; player, coach, mentor and officer in the club for many years.

Michael Quirke, former team mate and part of the events’ committee, outlined the significance of remembering and acknowledging the legacy that Donie left to his beloved club. “Donie exemplified the concept of a club stalwart, his love of both the game and the development of the club was boundless. His energy towards the development of young players is truly visible today in Firies. Donie got great satisfaction from seeing young players improve, and as they got older and achieve success with Firies. During his successful playing days, he helped lead Firies to secure the O’Sullivan Cup title in 1979 and went onto manage and coach many Firies teams down through the years. Since his untimely passing in November 2022, the club has aspired to acknowledge his legacy.”

Final preparations are being put in place for the classic which takes place on Saturday, July 13, in Maine Valley Members Golf Club, Killorglin. The classic, which includes GUI handicap applied with a maximum adjusted handicap of 24 for men and 36 for ladies, promises to be a great day celebrating Donie, with top team, nearest the pin, and longest drive prizes.

Family, friends and former club mates of Donie gathered to officially launch the golf classic in Pairc Eamonn, along with Kerry Senior Footballer; Dara Moynihan to lend his support the event. The Firies GAA Club were eager to recognise L. & M. Construction, of New York City for their generous contribution towards The Donie McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic. The American company, has strong club connections and supports many of the club events. “Without this support, we would be unable to organise such events. The Club would also like to acknowledge the members who attended the launch today from young to old to recognise Donies’ contribution”. A club spokesperson said this week.

If you or your club are interested in submitting a team of four at €200 per team, you can contact Brendan Quirke 087-9172854, Dermot O’Connor 087-6958610, Michael Quirke 087-6683699 or Maine Valley Members Golf Club 066-9761979. Likewise, sponsored tee boxes are available for €50.

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Muckross Lottery goes online

Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery. The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro […]

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Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery.

The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro for the benefit of local community groups and bodies including Loughquittane National School, Muckross ICA and Muckross Rowing Club among others.

Over the years, countless prize winners have also benefited in the share of jackpot and Match 3 prize wins.

The first Muckross Lottery draw was held in the summer of 1995, a year which also saw the opening of the Muckross Community Centre.
At the time, the lottery draw was a first of its kind in Killarney and was to set a fine example for the many other sports club and community lotteries that were later established in the town.

The community fundraiser has continued to be a vital support, initially securing the completion of the Muckross Community Centre and over time generating funds for the development of school, community and sporting facilities in the Muckross area.

Since 1995, the lottery has been sustained by the unwavering commitment of local sellers and a dedicated committee within the community association.

A number of the lottery’s founding members continue to sell weekly tickets to this day in support of local causes.

In a move with the times and ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Muckross Lottery, the association is now building for the future and launching its new online lottery facility.

Ahead of the online launch this month, the Association has collaborated with Irish company ClubForce, a leading provider of online lottery systems, to develop the secure online system.

It is hoped the new online facility will generate new lottery sales, extend the lottery’s reach to those living abroad and sustain the community fundraiser long into the future.

Existing lottery supporters who avail of the online option can also enjoy the benefits of new features including a weekly results email, ticket auto renewal and access to ticket purchase history. The Association are also keen to highlight that existing hard copy tickets will continue to be available and sold as normal.

The Community Association is seeking the support of all residents of the Muckross area and all those with a connection to the community, to spread the word and get behind the new online lottery.

Online tickets can now be purchased ahead of the weekly draws on June 22, June 29 and throughout July.

The jackpot for June 22 stands at €5,050 with a rollover each week if the jackpot is not won. Online lottery tickets can be purchased each week (3 tickets for €5). A single €2 ticket can also be purchased for multiple draws. The lottery’s annual ‘green’ ticket is also available online for €100 and continues to include two free draws.

Link to Muckross Lottery online.
https://muckrosscommunityassociation.clubforce.com/products/lotto/muckross-community-assocation-lotto

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