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Emotional scenes as Nagle calls time on his World Rally career

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By Sean Moriarty

Irish rally driver Craig Breen paid tribute to his co-driver Paul Nagle who has retired from the sport.

FAMILY: Paul Nagle with his wife Cathy and children Leon (3) and Fitz (5) at the final stage finish of his WRC career in Spain on Sunday. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

SPORTING BROTHERS: Craig Breen and Paul Nagle embrace at the finish line of Rally de Catalunya on Sunday: Photo: Phillip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

INTERVIEW: Paul Nagle is interviewed by Molly Pettit of WRC TV. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

END OF AN ERA: Paul Nagle and Craig Breen moments before they went over the finish ramp in Salou Spain on Sunday. Photo: Sean Moriarty

The Killarney man has called time on his 18-year World Championship career – five wins and 18 podium finishes are just some of the highlights – in last weekend’s Rally de Catalunya.

It was his 102nd start in the World Rally Championship after making his debut in the same event in 2004.

Cavan man James Fulton will replace Nagle from next month’s Rally Japan onwards but he will travel to the event to complete the handover.

“It’s very strange and still doesn’t feel quite real. It won’t feel real until Japan and I suddenly have a different voice in my ears. It’s been fantastic apart from everything on the sporting side and all the results and all the rallies and what not,” said Breen.

“Just the craic… Irish humour is a very special and unique kind of humour and, when you find your partner in crime who operated on the same level, then you know it just ends up as a barrel of laughs. All the events, all the travelling and the time you spend together, it’s been the most amazing time together.”

While Nagle’s World Championship career has drawn to a close Waterford man Breen promised that the pair would work together again on “extra-curricular rallies”.

“It will definitely not be the last time we are in a car together. I have so many extra-curricular rallies that I squeeze in here, there and everywhere. He doesn’t have a choice in the matter. I’m looking forward to them,” added Breen.

A large group of Kerry fans, including Paul’s wife Cathy and their two sons Fitz and Leon, were at the rally finish near Salou on Sunday afternoon to greet Nagle as he crossed the finish line of the World Rally Championship event as a professional co-driver for the final time.

Also present was his Agahdoe neighbour Donie O’Sullivan who gave Paul his WRC debut in 2004.

“It's been an incredible journey. I came into this sport as a young lad and I followed the dream. I have five wins and I leave as a husband and a father with so many memories. This man beside me [Breen] has been like a brother to me - he's brought me so much success. I also have to mention Kris Meeke - without these men I'd be nowhere, so thank you,” said an emotional Nagle at the finish line.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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