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Killarney hosts Four Nations Youth International Fly Fishing Competition

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Soft day: Local gillies, Pat Buckley, left, Maurice Willis and John Quilligan, waiting for the summer rain to stop to take team members of the Four Nations Youth International Fly Fishing Competition for their first practice run on Lough Lein, Killarney before the main competition later this week. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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LOUGH LEIN in Killarney is the place to be to catch this year’s Four Nations Youth International Fly Fishing Competition. Competing in the event are Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland in a competition that dates back to 1985. The hosting for the competition is rotated annually and Killarney has been chosen as the location for this year’s prestigious event.

Anglers for all teams must be under the age of 18 years to participate in the event and though there are no lower age limit for participation in the event, in recent years some participants have been aged as young as 12 years of age. This year’s event held in Lough Lein in Killarney saw teams arriving in Killarney on Sunday, July 31.

All four teams are staying with Randles Hotel in Killarney on the Muckross Road. “The hotel has been chosen as the ideal location for participants of the event to enjoy the homely, comfortable and relaxing surroundings of Randles Hotel,” said Tom Randles, general manager, Randles Hotel.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to host all the teams participating in this year’s event. It’s a fantastic the event is taking place in Lough Lein in Killarney, and I am really looking forward to the competition. Randles Hotel has previously hosted teams participating in both the ladies and men’s International and European Fly Fishing Competitions in previous years, but this is our first Youth Event we have hosted run by the Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland, and we are delighted to welcome them to Killarney.”

On Sunday, the participants of the event enjoyed an opening dinner at the hotel and attend a brief welcoming speech.

Over the past two days, the young anglers have been enjoying the opportunity to practise between 10am to 5pm with their coaches in Lough Lein.

The competition starts tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3, and all teams will march to their boats waving the country’s flag they are representing led by a piper. The competition will start on 10am and finish at 5pm. Excitement will then follow when all fish will be measured and fish that are longer than 22cm will only be eligible and all anglers catch will be recorded and totalled up to determine the winning team.

The following night all teams will attend a gala dinner for presentation of prizes and medals.

“Once again each team will be led into the room by a piper. After dinner, each team captain will give a short speech and call up his team mates to receive their international medals,” said Mr Randles.

Prizes for each countries best angler and biggest fish will be presented. A prize for the overall best angler will be presented as well as a prize for the overall biggest fish.

On Thursday, August 4, all teams will leave for home. The event will be a fantastic experience for the young anglers, and it’s hoped many of the participants will make great friendships with their opponents, and keep in touch through digital platforms such as social media and mobile apps in the future.
 


 
Soft day: Local gillies, Pat Buckley, left, Maurice Willis and John Quilligan, waiting for the summer rain to stop to take team members of the Four Nations Youth International Fly Fishing Competition for their first practice run on Lough Lein, Killarney before the main competition later this week. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Weird and wonderful insurance policies

As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note. Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites. Here are some of the […]

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As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note.

Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites.

Here are some of the more interesting and obscure insurance policies put in place over the years.
· David Beckham insured his legs with Lloyds for £100m in 2006

· Dolly Parton has insured her 40dd breasts for £3.8m

· Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hands are insured for $1.6m

· Michael Flatleys legs were insured for $47 Million. The policy was only in effect when he was touring and forbade him from dancing except on stage.

· James Dean took out a life policy for $100,000 just a week before his tragic death at the age of 25

· The actor Richard Burton purchased a 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier for $1.1 Million in 1969 as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. It was the world’s most expensive diamond at the time. Once Lloyds had insured the diamond they specified that Taylor should wear it in public for only 30 days a year and even then be protected by security guards. The diamond was sold in 1978 for an estimated $5 Million which would equate to roughly $19 Million today.

· According to novelist and inventor Arthur C Clarke, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to take out insurance with Lloyds to protect himself against losses in the event that extra-terrestrial intelligence was discovered before his movie, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was released. Lloyds refused to quote for this one.

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Kerry to feature in new TG4 documentary on Wild Atlantic Way

Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry. The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry. In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains […]

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Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry.

The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry.

In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains an insight into the culture, challenges and benefits of living by the Atlantic and to find out if seawater still flows through the veins of its coastal communities.

On her travels, Áine will meet with the people of the coast, both young and old. She will spend time in the company of people who live and work by the sea, learning more about the attraction of these areas, and this life, through their eyes, stories and experiences. She will meet those communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats (of all kinds) and more.

Áine began her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair and heads to the wilds of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey.
The third show platforms south Donegal while in week 4, Áine heads to the beautiful Achill Island.

Half way through her journey from Donegal to Kerry, Áine is in Carna in Conamara while in the the sixth programme, Áine continues her journey on the Galway coast, this time in Cois Fharraige

Áine visits Inis Oírr in the seventh programme, the smallest of the three Oileán Árainn, to explore how life has changed for islanders in recent generations through fishing, farming, tourism and sport.

In programme eight, Áine continues her journey, heading for the West Kerry coastline this time around, rowing with a local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, a boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and even All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin. She investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ goes foraging and paddleboarding with a woman who lives and breathes the sea and all it has to offer, Susan Feirtéar.

In the penultimate programme, Áine continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin. She takes a class with local yoga instructor, Ails Ní Chonchúir and heads out to sea with local guide, Eoghan Ó Slatara, to learn about the islands on the west Kerry coast and she tastes some local seafood but she has to cook it first at the Dingle Cookery School.

Áine ends her journey in Uíbh Ráthach, in South Kerry. She gains a different perspective on the sea while snorkling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe, and learns about the Seine boat with a local TikToker, Séaghan Ó Suilleabháin, better known as The Kerry Cowboy, and is there a better way to finish her journey than a first visit to the majestic Sceilg islands?

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