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VINTAGE: Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club were delighted to launch another fantastic fundraiser. At the launch were John Courtney, John Coffey, Jean Courtney (Killarney Micro Track), James Looney (Chairman Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club), Jonathon Harig, John O’Donoghue, Mike Myers, Kayla Wharton, Tony Wharton and Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John Sheahan. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

By Michelle Crean

Another huge project - which includes raffling a vintage tractor with a deep Killarney connection - is in the making by one local group who plan to raise funds two charities.

On Sunday, Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage unveiled another classic vintage – a 1979 Model Ford 2600 Tractor, at the Deenach Lodge, Killarney National Park.

The tractor, which belonged to the Killarney Great Southern Hotel and was in use on the farm from 1979 to 2007, was rolled into view with Pat O’Brien on bagpipes leading the procession. The project was then launched by Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District, Cllr John Sheahan.

It’s the third year the group have raised funds for good causes with this year’s beneficiaries chosen as ATC for Meningitis and Killarney Micro Track Project.

“We are delighted to be supporting two very worthy causes,” Tom Leslie, PRO of Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage, said.

“This is our third year. The first year was the MF135 which was a huge success both from a restoration point of view and the charities that benefitted. Last year’s project was an even bigger challenge where there was a complete rebuild of a Land Rover 90. To date there’s over €100,000 raised between the two projects. We’re even more excited about this one as it has a fabulous history with the Great Southern Hotel for 28 years. And the timing couldn’t be better for the micro track as work is about to commence and will be completed by mid-September on the grounds of St Brendan’s College, Killarney.”

Speaking about the tractor, which will be raffled this coming November, he said it’s in very good condition. “It had a fantastic life at the Great Southern with only 1700 hours on the clock. We just had to do some tidying up, painting, new tyres and conditioning, it’s a real collector’s item, it really is a  beautiful machine.”

The club also announced three more prizes as part of the fundraising raffle; second prize: Bed & Breakfast and evening meal at the five-star Killarney Park Hotel, third prize: €400 voucher from Killarney Oils, and fourth prize: a two night pitch at Beech Grove Caravan and Camping Park, Killarney.

“The public have always been very supportive of all our projects in the past and we’ve no doubt that they’ll dig deep once again and support us.”

Tickets are €10 each and the draw will take place on November 16 next.

The tickets may be purchased from killarneyvintage.com or directly from the beneficiaries.

[caption id="attachment_26362" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] At the launch were James Looney (Chairman), Tom Leslie (PRO), Jonathon Harig, Sarah Wharton, Kayla Wharton, Tom Wharton, Mike Clifford, Richard O’Donoghue, Denis O’Connell, John Dineen, Pierce Leslie, Marcus Harig, all members of Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan[/caption]

 

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Lissi’s love of nature nets prize

After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition. Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature. Each Biosphere participating awarded […]

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After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition.

Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature.

Each Biosphere participating awarded local prizes with the top entry from each being submitted to the international competition between the three.

This week the two judges for the international element Author Dara McAnulty and Professor Martin Price, Chair of the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee, have unanimously chosen ‘The Otter’ by Lissi Nickelsen (Kerry) as winner of the inter-Biosphere Young Nature Blogger 2021.

“I absolutely love the observational detail in this piece,” Dara McAnulty, author of ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ and the youngest ever winner of The Wainright Prize for nature writing said:

“You can really feel that breathless excitement and tension of seeing an otter. The drawing shows how multimedia can be used to great effect in a blog.”

Professor Martin Price added that it “is a beautifully written blog about a very special encounter”.

“I really get the feeling of what Lissi observed so carefully, and her joy about spending time with an otter! And the drawing is wonderful too!”

Lissi will receive a young naturalist writing set from Dara McNulty, a framed otter picture from Wildlife photographer Vincent Hyland, Wild Derrynane, and a family kayak trip in the Kerry Biosphere.

The winning entry can be read on the Kerry Biosphere website www.kerrybiosphere.ie/news.

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The only certainty is uncertainty

By Michael O’Connor    “History is just one damn thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee Late last week, the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa sent shockwaves worldwide, upending what had been a reasonably quiet week for the stock market. On Friday last, a steep sell-off left the S&P 500 and the […]

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By Michael O’Connor   

“History is just one damn thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee

Late last week, the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa sent shockwaves worldwide, upending what had been a reasonably quiet week for the stock market. On Friday last, a steep sell-off left the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq down 2.2% and 3.5%, respectively.

This 147th twist in the pandemic tale got me thinking about how much we think we know when really, we know nothing at all.

At the start of the year nobody would have predicted that 2020 would have played out the way it did. Very few would have predicted that 2021, with promising vaccines and a return to normality would have represented so little change, but here we are.

Everyone loves to pretend like they fully understand what this all means and what will happen next. I get it; who doesn’t love the warm cozy allure of certainty. We all want to exist in a world where we know what lies around the corner.

History is a perpetual stream of mistaken opinions and unpredictable outcomes, but the predictions won’t stop. People will cast their views with deluded certainty about what to expect next by extrapolating the current conditions out into the future, but the current conditions aren’t a constant, and the game is always changing.

Unfortunately, the reality is, nobody knows what’s next, and the sooner you can discard any naive sense of conviction, the easier it will be in both life and investing. While this statement may seem morbid on the surface, loosening our grip on our need for certainty can be liberating.

Remember, while it is important to have expectations and predictions, predictions are not fact, and you will be wrong. Not always, but you will be wrong, so try not to be overly tethered to your current version of the truth.

Lean into the uncertainty

Accepting that nothing is certain can often be cast as an impotent statement in a world obsessed with knowing all the answers.

In an industry where uncertainty is the ultimate enemy, telling investors to submit to it is often met with disdain, but accepting the inevitability of uncertainty is so important if you want to avoid going stir crazy as you try and hold for the long term.

Of course, discarding uncertainty is easier said than done. Worrying about factors beyond our control is an inherent part of the human condition. However, simply being aware that the game is not predictable and nobody truly knows the final outcome may help you reduce your craving for certainty.

My advice

Stop reaching for perfection in a world of constant uncertainty. Stop obsessing about making the right decision one hundred percent of the time. Even the best investors in history have had their fair share of howlers. Ultimately you just need to be right more often than you are wrong.

The solution

Create an investment portfolio centred around what you believe to be the most probable outcome based on available information and incorporate enough diversification to function as a buffer.

In a world where anything is possible, all you can do is focus on what is most probable, allow for a margin of error to support you when your assumed outcomes don’t play out and simply let go of the rest.

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