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International rowing success for Caoimhe

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By Sean Moriarty

Muckross Rowing Club is celebrating after one of its members finished second in the Coupe de la Jeunesse regatta for European junior rowers at the weekend.

Caoimhe O’Sullivan was a member of the Irish Team in the Junior Women’s Quad that took second place in Linz, Austria.

She was joined in the boat by Lauren McCarthy Steele (Skibbereen Rowing Club), Anna Keating (Shannon Rowing Club), and Giselle Coulter (Belfast Boat Club).

Caoimhe joins a special group of Muckross rowers, becoming the 11th member of the club to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse since 1996 and the first since 2013.

“To qualify for the Coupe is itself a fantastic and rare accomplishment and to return with a medal is a great reward for all the effort and dedication invested in training. The whole club is incredibly proud and delighted for Caoimhe,” said Muckross Rowing Club’s Tim O’Shea.

“The club is also grateful to Lee Rowing Club in Cork, where the Coupe crews trained for the past month under the guidance of coaches Ray Morrison, Vivian Kelleher and Mick O’Riordan. Caoimhe has invested long hours in her training and throughout the COVID-19 restrictions and showed exceptional commitment to a testing programme involving regular training sessions on the indoor rowing machine and in the single scull out on the lake. Caoimhe’s talent and rowing skill has been guided at the Muckross club with the support of a number of the club’s coaches, including Marko Tot, Maurice Coffey, Elaine Daly and Noel Kelleher.”

Caoimhe is a native of Headford and daughter of Micheal O'Sullivan and Liz Healy.

“Caoimhe was cheered on from the stands at the Ottensheim course by proud parents Micheal and Liz while the whole of Muckross Rowing Club was tuned into the live Internet stream over the weekend,” added Tim.

Caoimhe’s focus now turns to the Irish Rowing Championships, which takes place this weekend in Cork. Her brother Finn is also in action this weekend.

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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White Tailed Sea Eagles released into Killarney National Park

By Sean Moriarty Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park. The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park.

The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough Derg and the lower Shannon Estuary where a total of 16 of the once extinct in Ireland birds have been released in recent days.

On Friday last, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin was in Tarbert where a number of eagles were released into the wild as part of a project to re-establish a population of this iconic species in Ireland.

This was followed by a further release today (Tuesday) in Killarney National Park by the Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, TD, accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mari Skåre.

Also in attendance were a group of visiting Norwegians who were responsible for the collection of the eagle nestlings in Norway earlier this year.

These white-tailed Eagle chicks arrived in Kerry Airport last month as part of a long-term wildlife reintroduction project.

The four eagle chicks brought to Killarney National Park have been held in special aviaries in a remote part of the Park where they have been carefully looked after by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

“It has been wonderful to watch the release of the magnificent White Tail Eagles collected in Norway. The friendship between the people of Norway and the people of Ireland runs deep. The eagles we see fly free and strong in their natural habitat here today are spreading their wings as a result of the voluntary work of so many,” said Ambassador Skåre.

“Biodiversity is essential for all life on Earth. Yet we are seeing an extremely rapid loss of species world-wide. Through joint efforts we can halt this decline.”

As in previous years, the young eagles were collected under licence in Norway by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and co-workers. All the birds were fitted with satellite tags in Ireland to enable their progress to be followed and their integration into the existing Irish breeding population monitored.

One of the first pairs of White-tailed Eagles to breed in Ireland was in Killarney National Park in 2013 and the pair have remained in the Park since, once again fledging a chick this year. Their nest is in a tree on an inaccessible cliff, but visitors may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the eagles soaring over the mountains or catching fish in one of the Park’s many lakes.

As they mature, these chicks will join and strengthen the small Irish breeding population that has become established since the reintroduction programme began in 2007. So far, 47 young eagles from Norway have been released over the last two years.

FLYING HIGH: One of the White-tailed Eagle chicks released into the wild in Killarney National Park on Tuesday.
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