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Deja Vu road run nets €40k for Recovery Haven

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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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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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