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Local woman jets halfway round the world to watch hero’s last race

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A Farranfore woman is such a fan of Formula One that she flew halfway around the world to see her hero race for the very last time.

Finish legend Kimi Räikkönen, the 2007 World Drivers' Champion, retired from Grand Prix Racing after Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

North Carolina-based Karen McCarthy has followed the Finn’s 20 year career in the World Championship.

The enigmatic Räikkönen started F1 racing in 2001 with the Sauber team. He has raced for the world’s best teams, including McLaren and two stints with Ferrari, the first between 2007 and 2009 when he won the world title for the famed Italian team.

He earned a cult following for his lack of interest in post event press conferences which often resulted in hilarious one liner responses while his radio conversations with his team chiefs were littered with expletives and a 'leave me alone’ attitude.

Karen and her husband Richard Hull have attended 60 of his record-breaking 349 Formula One races all over the world.

They even followed him on his 2010 farewell tour, after which he raced in other forms of motorsport, before making a dramatic u-turn and returning to Formula One in 2012 with Lotus.

“Hard to put the last few days in words. So grateful to have been able to be here, but also completely heartbroken having to say goodbye to Kimi,” she said.

“I could never have imagined when I became a fan of his 20 years ago that it would shape my life the way it has or that I would have attended 17% of his 349 F1 starts. What an adventure it’s been. He’ll always be my hero.”

Karen and Richard run a motorsport electronics firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. Despite the long-haul flight from the USA to Abu Dhabi the pair were determined not to miss Räikkönen’s final race. They got more than they bargained for as the 2021 world title was decided in controversial and dramatic circumstances between Max Verstappen, who took his first World Championship, and seven time champion Lewis Hamilton.

“I am so grateful for all the life-long friends we’ve made along the way, but I’m mostly grateful for my very understanding and patient husband. In our 15 years together, I’ve dragged him to F1 races for pretty much all of our holidays. Now Rich finally gets to take a break from F1 as well,” she added.

“We are still digesting the whole weekend to be honest! So lucky to have been able to be there. The atmosphere on Sunday was just incredible. Not the result we wanted, or the way the championship should have been won, but can’t deny that Max deserved it. Both of them did - they were both just on another level this year.”

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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