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Deja Vu road run nets €40k for Recovery Haven




A total of €40,000 was handed over to cancer charity Recovery Haven following Kerry Motor Club’s Déjà Vu event in May.

Déjà Vu Tralee was the flagship event in Kerry Motor Club’s year-long 50th-anniversary celebration.

The event attracted star names like Craig Breen, Kris Meeke and Killarney’s World Rally Championship star Paul Nagle.

It was a joint effort between Déjà Vu Motorsport and the Tralee-based club and the first time that both organisations worked together.

Over 150 cars, many of them rarely seen period rally cars, took part in a tour of classic West Kerry rally stages on May 28.

As well as celebrating the local club’s milestone anniversary it was also a fundraiser for Recovery Haven.

A gala dinner dance at the event’s headquarters, The Rose Hotel, and other associated fundraisers netted a total of €25,000 for the local charity.

“On behalf of everyone at Recovery Haven Kerry, I would like to say the most heartfelt thank you to everyone who made Déjà Vu Tralee the most unforgettable weekend ever.

"We would like to thank the organisers, Beaty Crawford, Alan Tyndall and their extraordinary team at Déjà Vu for the most amazing opportunity to be part of something so special.

"Add to that, the overwhelming support and enthusiasm from the competitors, the public, and all at Kerry Motor Club, Tralee Chamber Alliance, The Rose Hotel, Paul Nagle and all who attended and supported the auction – we are indebted to you all,” said Marisa Reidy, PR and Marketing Officer, Recovery Haven Kerry.

“Déjà Vu Tralee will go down as one of the most exciting, fun and memorable weekends we have ever experienced, and we are truly humbled to receive an incredible €40,000 from the event. We will cherish the memories forever.”

Nagle came up with a one-off idea that raised funds for both Recovery Haven in Tralee and Fossa GAA club in Killarney.

The helmet that he used during the 2021 WRC season was signed by 21 of the sport’s biggest names including multiple World Rally Champions Sebastien Ogier and Sebastien Loeb.

An auction for the helmet, during the gala dinner dance netted, a staggering €25,000, of which €15,000 was donated to the cancer charity and a further €10,000 will be given to Nagle’s home GAA club of Fossa during its ‘Night with Legends’ on Tuesday this week.

“I am delighted to be associated with Recovery Haven, every household is affected by cancer,” said Nagle who took time out of his busy WRC schedule to participate in the event.

“I am very privileged to do what I do as a co-driver in the World Rally Championship, and it is great to be able to give something back. Well done to Kerry Motor Club and Déjà Vu motorsport for organising such a great event and it was great to be a part of it.”

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Five questions to ask yourself before buying a stock

By Michael O’Connor, When it comes to investing, nothing is certain. There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy. […]




By Michael O’Connor,

When it comes to investing, nothing is certain.

There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy.

The truth is, investing is hard, and building a portfolio of top stocks that beat the market is something that even financial professionals have trouble doing consistently.

For most people, investing in index funds is the perfect hands-off approach, providing broad exposure to the stock market at a very low fee. Even my own personal portfolio is made up of roughly 70% ETFs despite the fact I invest in the market for a living.

But I believe some stock picking is a good strategy for many hands-on people.

Taking a small portion of your overall portfolio and diligently selecting a small number of companies to invest in gives you an opportunity to learn about the investing process and fully understand the businesses you are investing in, which helps to build conviction in your positions.

From a psychological standpoint “collector’s instinct” kicks in, enabling people to participate and invest more money over time.

Lastly, for Irish investors, there are tax benefits to consider. If you invest in individual stocks, you are taxed at the CGT rate of 33%, and the first €1,270 of your gains are exempt from CGT each year. When investing in index funds or ETFs, you are taxed at the exit tax rate of 41% with no annual exemption.

For those interested in picking individual stocks, here are five questions you should ask yourself before investing in any company.

Do I understand the business?

Too many people invest in businesses they don’t understand because it ‘sounds good’. If you have no idea how the company works, you won’t have the conviction needed to hold onto the stock when an inevitable downturn comes.

Can the balance sheet withstand severe, temporary adversity?

This seems obvious, but so many people invest in companies without understanding how much money a company holds and who they owe money to. Economic cycles are guaranteed. You must ensure that the company has enough cash-on-hand to avoid becoming obsolete when activity slows.

Will the company benefit from long-term trends?

Make sure the company will remain relevant into the future. If the stock is cheap now, it may be cheap for a reason.

Is the company enjoying profitable growth?

Not growth at all costs, but a combination of sustainable growth and value. All this information can be found online at sites like

What are the risk factors?

Is the company trying something new and untested? If yes, who are its competitors and how successful are they? If other players are more established, this company may have a tough time breaking into the market.


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Ballyspillane staff open up mental health conversation

By Michelle Crean “Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign. It’s all in partnership […]




By Michelle Crean

“Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign.

It’s all in partnership with Mental Health Ireland (MHI) and the centre will host an information/coffee morning on Thursday next (March 30) at 12.30pm at their centre and all are welcome to attend.

The campaign initiated by MHI identifies the need for positive engagement and connections with the people around us.

It asks people to engage in open conversations about mental health and prompts us all to ask the question “How Are You?”

The word HELLO is a useful acronym to guide everyone through such conversations, H: Hello, E: Engage positively with the person, L: Listen actively, L: Learn about the person and O: seek options to assist the person if required.

“We all need a listening and compassionate ear sometimes to get us through some challenges in our lives and I think the pandemic has opened a new way of looking at the world, where we can all recognise the challenges that people experience more readily,” Derek O’Leary, Manager of Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre, said.

“Our team here are in the business of supporting families and individuals across the Killarney area and beyond and see the challenges that people face first hand. We also see the positive impact that a caring person can have in such circumstances and this campaign that encourages positive engagement, regarding mental health is a great reminder to us all, the role we can play is assisting others who are struggling.”

Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre provide a suite of support and intervention services including family supports, social prescribing/community connection services and physiotherapeutic services across the Killarney municipal area and beyond.


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