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Glorious weather for Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships

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It was a day of glorious sunshine yesterday (Sunday) as Flesk Valley Rowing Club hosted the 2022 Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships for the very first time in beautiful Castlelough Bay on Lough Lein.

PUSHING THE BOAT OUT: Colm Ó' Súilleabháin Flesk Valley Rowing Club helping out at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Flesk Valley Rowing Club Killarney competing at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

STARTERS ORDERS: Under starters orders at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein Killarney National Park hosted by Flesk Rowing Club Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

READY: Mary B Teahan calling boats and crews to their lines at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein Killarney National Park Hosted by Flesk Rowing Club Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Denis O'Donoghue Templemore RC with his crew at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

ON THE WATER: Rounding the bouy at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Action at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein Hosted by Flesk Rowing Club Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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LUNCH: Gillian O'Neill and Donal Kelly Flesk Valley RC after delivering lunch to safety crews at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein Killarney National Park hosted by Flesk Rowing Club Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Kieran Counihan calling the strokes for Workmen's Rowing Club Killarney competing at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Fossa Rowing Club competing at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

COMPETING: Blathnáid O'Connell Flesk Valley Rowing Club competing in the U12 race hosted by Flesk Rowing Club Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

PUSHING THE BOAT OUT: Colm Ó Súilleabháin Flesk Valley Rowing Club helping out at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Tadgh Kelly and Gillian O'Neill organising members of the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein Killarney National Park hosted by Flesk Rowing Club Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Seamie Morrissey getting ready for his daughter Siún's race in the U12 Girls at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Templenoe Rowing Club ready for action at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

SAFETY FIRST: Timmy Counihan guarding the shores at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

HEAVE: Sive Rowing Club Cahersiveen in action at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

U12s at the start line at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta hosted by Flesk Rowing Club on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

PUPPY LOVE: William Wharton and Mia McCormack taking great care of their friends puppy at the Kerry Coastal Rowing Regatta on Lough Lein hosted by Flesk Rowing Club Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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Hundreds flocked to the Valley shore to see the coastal clubs of Kerry race in crews from Under 12 to Masters. As well as clubs from around the Ring of Kerry, there was a strong representation from the Killarney clubs with the Workmen, Commercials and Fossa wearing their colours with pride. The atmosphere, colour, fun and fierce competition produced a spectacular day that will live long in the memory.

The event was opened by the Councillor John O’Donoghue, vice chair of the Killarney Municipal District who congratulated Flesk Valley on their centenary, which occurred during 1920, and wished all of the clubs a successful day’s racing.

The first race was preceded by a special blessing of the boats by Fr Eugene McGillycuddy, who also remembered Brendan Teahan of Cromane Rowing Club in his prayers.

Afterwards John Fleming, chair of Flesk Valley, expressed his immense pride and satisfaction with the success of the regatta.

“It’s our first time ever hosting a regatta, but we wanted to do something special to mark our 102 years in existence," he said.

"It was a lot of work, but we have a fantastic hard-working committee in Flesk Valley who really pulled out all the stops to make it happen, and we received fantastic support from our members, parents, other clubs and local businesses."

John also thanked the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association, in particular Mary B Teahan and Andrew Wharton, and the staff of the Killarney National Park for all their support and encouragement in hosting this event.

This was a qualifying event and the Kerry clubs will be heading to Wexford next weekend to complete for honours at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships.

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The Irish investment market is pathetic

By Michael O’Connor, theislandinvestor.com    I lived abroad for years, so all the investment strategies I created were typically outside of Irish tax considerations. But over the last few weeks I […]

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I lived abroad for years, so all the investment strategies I created were typically outside of Irish tax considerations.

But over the last few weeks I have been putting together several investment strategies for Irish-domiciled clients. It has been eye-opening, to say the least.

In short, most of the Irish market appears to be dominated by a handful of life insurance companies that offer ‘wrapped’ Multi Asset Funds. This means they offer a basket of stocks, bonds, property etc., all within one investment.

Irish Life’s MAPs 4 multi-asset fund states a standard annual management charge of 1.15%. A bit on the higher side for my liking, but this is still manageable.

But when you dig a little deeper, the KID documents (where all fees have to be fully disclosed as part of UCITS regulations) show the fee as 2.2%.

Double the quoted price

As an added bonus, they lock your money up for seven years, where an early encashment charge is waiting for those who wish to withdraw their money early. That’s right, they charge YOU for making your money inaccessible.

This lock-up period is a shrewd business tactic. An exit charge is an excellent way to ensure customers don’t leave when they realise how poor the performance is.

Too late, you’re trapped.

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Fees become more digestible provided the performance is strong, but unfortunately, the misery continues.

The Irish Life MAPS 4 Portfolio has an annual return of 1.63% a year over the last five years. Granted, this was a challenging market climate to navigate, but falling below even the lowest expectations of inflation means that this fund has returned negative real returns after inflation over the last five years.

A similar 60/40 portfolio made up of passive index funds (S&P 500 and US T bonds) would have returned roughly 6.5% a year over the same period for a fee of roughly 0.1%.

We can go round and round in circles regarding the ‘risk adjusted’ approach and the added ‘diversification’ of the multi-asset fund versus the 60/40 portfolio I have shown. But the reality is much of this so-called diversification is over-engineering for an extra cost for many long term investors.

So, how can such pathetic offerings still exist in a system where low-cost operators such as De Giro are providing endless ETF options and commission-free trades that provide access to market returns at a fraction of the price?

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Choose an overpriced, underperforming product that locks your money away for multiple years or choose the cheaper, better-performing product and suffer the tax consequences.

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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