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Kerry visit for rare Bugatti cars worth €50m

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The Bugatti Owner’s Club (BOC) chose Ireland as the location for its annual international meeting this year, and almost 100 cars from all over the world spent the last week touring the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

The cars, manufactured by the legendary French firm, were all manufactured before 1950, and according to Irish organisers the cheapest car was valued at just under €500,000.

 

Each year the BOC organises an international meeting were club members spend a week on location, and the daytime road trips are followed by a packed evening social calendar.

 

The club arrived in Killarney on Tuesday last and left on Monday this week after block booking the exclusive Dunloe Hotel & Gardens near Beaufort.

 

A packed itinerary meant the visitors got a chance to drive some of the best driving roads in Kerry and Cork, including stints on Slea Head, Conor Pass, the Healy Pass and the Ring of Kerry.

 

Members of Killarney and District Motor Club were on hand to marshal the route and to organise things on this side.

 

BOC members Alex and Brenda Hobbs are no strangers to Killarney. They were members of the Oxford University Motor Club team of travelling doctors who used to supply medical cover for the Rally of the Lakes – a tradition that dates back to 1980.

 

They approached Mike Marshall, the first ever Rally of the Lakes Clerk of the Course, and he set about creating a route and organising local motoring based activities for the international crews.

 

“This is a one off event for Killarney,” Mike told the Killarney Advertiser. “The club was in Switzerland last year and will be going to Belgium next year. This international meeting is pre-planned until 2025.”

 

The 40 year friendship between the Killarney man and the UK-based doctors was a key part in Killarney securing this prestigious event.

 

Mike visited an event at the Prescott Hillclimb venue, home of BOC, near Cheltenham about two years ago.

 

“This was two years in the making,” added Mike. “I met Alex and Brenda on a visit to Prescott and it was suggested at that time to find roads in Ireland suitable for this event.”

 

Mike recruited several other Killarney and District Motor Club members and local classic car enthusiasts to help pull off an incredible week-long motoring extravaganza.

 

They included Darren McCormick, Historic Rally Clerk of the Course, and classic motorsport competitor Mike Buckley, who went ahead of the convoy and erected directional arrows.

 

KDMC Club Safety Officer, Pat Healy, followed the cars in a recovery unit while Sean Hurley (Glengarriff) and Paul O’Shea (Killarney) helped on a more localised basis.

 

Local Bugatti enthusiast Mervyn Scott was also involved.

 

“I met Mervyn by accident one day on a train to Dublin,” Mike said. “We started to talk about Bugattis and he said he just had to be involved.”

 

Participants arrived from all over the world for the event, including two cars from Japan and one from French Polynesia. The majority came from France, Switzerland, Italy, Holland and USA.

 

“They loved the mountain roads like the Healy Pass and the Conor Pass. And almost every day we met other clubs, like a Porsche club from Germany and an Austin Healy club from Britain, who were out following much the same route as us.”

 

The last point is something Mike would like to explore further.

 

“There is no end to the amount of car clubs out there, especially in England,” he said. “There are over 40 hotels in Killarney, one to suit very budget, and we have the best driving roads in Europe. We have the product: The Wild Atlantic Way.”

 

 

 

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Jobs to keep gardeners busy

The weather is glorious at the moment, so I thought I would put together some jobs to keep every gardener busy! Winter bedding is now available – so plant up containers and pots to keep everything cheerful this winter! Conifers such as Goldcrest and Elwoodiis are an excellent choice for a centrepiece, as are Cordylines, […]

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The weather is glorious at the moment, so I thought I would put together some jobs to keep every gardener busy!

Winter bedding is now available – so plant up containers and pots to keep everything cheerful this winter! Conifers such as Goldcrest and Elwoodiis are an excellent choice for a centrepiece, as are Cordylines, Phormiums and topiary plants such as Buxus and Bay laurels. Heathers give colour all winter, as do ornamental cabbages. Winter pansies, violas and Batchelor’s buttons are all in stock now, and will provide colour for months, Cyclamen are beautiful – but beware! They do not like getting too wet, so ideally use them in pots and window boxes which do not get too much rain.

Bulbs provide a welcome splash of colour in the early spring, at a time when things are looking grey and grim. Choose from an extensive range – tulips, daffs, crocus, snowdrops – to name but a few. Planting mixtures of different varieties can lead to stunning displays in a pot, for example, plant in layers: tulips at the bottom, then daffs, hyacinth, crocus and anenomes for a long lasting pot of colour. In the garden plant bulbs in informal clusters of uneven numbers to give a natural looking display. Alliums are particularly trendy at the moment, these ornamental onions are available in pinks, white and yellow.

PRUNING

Pruning is one of those jobs which can give immense satisfaction. All old flower heads, the straggly growth of herbaceous plants and branches of unkempt shrubs can go into the compost heap. Pruning equipment can be confusing for the new gardener, so here are a few guidelines: there are two types of secateurs, bypass and anvil. The anvil secateurs is used for dead wood, but the bypass secateurs can be used for live as well as dead wood. The hedge shears are used to prune large shrubs or hedges, but is best for soft or thin growth. Loppers are used to prune trees and thicker branches and have long handles. These also come as anvil or bypass. Some of these are geared, these take the strain and strength needed out of the job, an excellent invention!

As the days get shorter and wetter, moss will start to grow again. Treat paths before they get slippy, with a product such as MossOff. Try to keep fallen leaves off lawns as they contribute to poor growth of grass and strong moss growth. A leafblower makes the job easy – especially a cordless one!

Lawns benefit from a final treatment in the autumn with a product such as an Autumn Lawn Feed and Weed or Viano Recovery from the producers of MO Bacter. These products both treat the roots of the grass, making the plant itself stronger for the winter. They do not cause excessive growth.

Finally, if there are empty beds in your vegetable garden, consider sowing a green manure such as winter rye or red clover. These will prevent weeds from taking over as well as enriching the soil with nitrogen. In the spring they can be cut down and dug into the soil, providing essential organic matter.

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Take the stress out of a career change

By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors People change career for a variety of reasons. For some people the desire to change comes from feeling unfulfilled or stressed in a current role or the need for more flexibility and autonomy as circumstances in your personal life evolve. Other people are prompted […]

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

People change career for a variety of reasons. For some people the desire to change comes from feeling unfulfilled or stressed in a current role or the need for more flexibility and autonomy as circumstances in your personal life evolve.

Other people are prompted to change because of ambition to develop professionally, the desire for more meaning or purpose, job security or to earn more money.

Whether career change is forced upon you through organisational restructuring or is an active choice you are making, it can bring a mix of emotions. Among them is the fear and a lack of confidence on how to navigate the change effectively and the feeling of overwhelm associated with not knowing where to start. Conversely, it can be a time of great excitement about the possibility of taking on a new (and maybe very different) role or opportunity. Either way, drawing up a career action plan that breaks down the process into manageable tasks will help to ease any stress associated with career change and save you time and energy in the long run.

UNLOCKING YOUR POTENTIAL

Start by thinking about where you are now and where you would like to be – what are your priorities and non-negotiables and what are the practicalities you need to consider? To dig deeper do a self-assessment audit of your transferable skills and competencies, your career values and character strengths. Journal your career change journey by recording anything interesting you find out about yourself or career areas you are interested in. Some people like the idea of drawing up a career vision board as part of the process. Set clear goals and a specific timeline for yourself. As you gain more clarity, write out what your ideal job specification might look like, this will guide your job search. Explore options to up-skill or retrain if you feel this is helpful or necessary. Do a spring clean of your CV so that it reflects you accurately and favourably. Reach out to people in your network who may be able to assist you as you navigate this transition. Think about possible side projects you could work on to explore different areas before taking a big leap. Set up or update your LinkedIn profile, it is an important part of career development. Practice interview skills, you want to be able to perform confidently when they come around. Think about this process as unlocking the potential of your ‘career brand’ so that you and prospective employers have a strong sense of who you are professionally, what you value and what you bring to the workplace. Doing this work will enable you to approach your job search and career change with renewed confidence. It will take some time but it will be worth it!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Careers Advisor – For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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