KRIS MEEKE and Paul Nagle head to the penultimate round of the World Rally Championships in Wales next weekend (October 26) off the back of an absolutely dominant win last time out. The Citroen crew have to be favourites for their home event, sadly at this point in the championship from being pre-season favourites should have the championship sewn up or at the very least be in the hunt, such is the cruelty of high level professional sports.
It is clear from the results this year that both car and crew have been challenged to breaking point but what is also clear is that Meeke and Nagle are the only crew to challenge championship leader Sebastian Ogier on level ground and Citroen clearly have the resources to turn an underperforming car around.
The determination and resolve required to get any sports person to the top of their sport, that same determination and resolve is constantly challenged to keep on top. Furthermore motorsport is unique from other sports because it is man and machine. A very expensive machine backed by very powerful people with very high expectations. Pressure for crews is all around.
However with two rounds remaining and a dominant last time out, Meeke and Nagle have to feel that fortunes are turning and an end of season hat-trick is on the cards laying down a marker for next year’s championship.
Wales is the closest WRC event for Irish fans that will travel to the Welsh forests lining the routes throughout the event offering their support.
Feature: Mayor Marie Moloney While I was somewhat familiar with Marie, a quick google on the way out the door was quite the eye opener. I admitted as much to Marie upon arrival at the International Hotel and almost apologised for not having featured her before now. “I’ll be the first interview in your next […]
Feature: Mayor Marie Moloney
While I was somewhat familiar with Marie, a quick google on the way out the door was quite the eye opener. I admitted as much to Marie upon arrival at the International Hotel and almost apologised for not having featured her before now.
“I’ll be the first interview in your next book Marie,” the Mayor laughed.
“Oh my goodness” I replied “I am barely over the stress of the first”. (‘Behind the Mask, Killarney’ is available in local bookshops).
Mayor Marie Moloney has a long list of voluntary work throughout her career which includes 30 years of service with Meals on Wheels, South of Ireland Bridge Club Secretary, former Boy Scout leader, Chairperson of Board of Management at Killarney Community College, Board of Management at Pobal Social Sliabh Luachra, Board of Management at Kerry ETB, Board of Management at Youth Work Kerry, Board of Management at South Kerry Development Partnership where she is currently working with a team on solar energy pilot. .
She is the Chairperson of the Board of Management for Kerry Respite Care. She on the Board of Management for Kilcummin Development Group, a former senator and continues to work in administration with SIPTU.
With her husband Mike, Marie has enjoyed 30 years with Killarney Musical Society and while she has never been on stage, she has taken many roles such as PRO and Prop Manager.
“Mike is the stage person, I’m not cut out for that but I involved myself in other ways. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them join them”.
It really is a big deal to be Mayor of anywhere, but a beautiful town like Killarney, truly is an honour.
Marie surmised: “You must be elected by your peers on the council.”
Well, I thought, with a glowing CV as listed above, Marie Moloney is productive in every waking minute of her life and clearly an excellent candidate for the position as Mayor. My only worry is where in the world would she find the time??
“Well you know that other saying Mari, the one where it is suggested that behind every good man there is a good woman? Well in my case it’s the reverse, the credit goes to my husband Mike. I love what I do but I couldn’t have done any of it without his backing.” ”.
Marie and Mike have one daughter Leona in Kildare, an accountant for a treasury company in the USA and whio is married to Martin with two daughters Ayla and Evie. They also have one son, Michael, a well-known GP in Killarney, married to Eilish and they have four children Aoibheann, James, Oliver and Laoibhse.
“The thing I most love about Killarney is it’s people. The unity and pride amongst the community to highlight the beauty and positives always, and the efforts to showcase our great town through festivals like the 4th July, St Patricks Day, Christmas in Killarney are fine examples. The impeccable work of our tidy towns and Killarney looking good truly is outstanding,” said Ms Moloney.
“If I had a magic wand I would certainly improve the flow of traffic throughout Killarney. That would be my first port of call and after I would love to see an indoor facility such as a bowling alley for our youth.
“We have the most amazing beauty in our outdoors of Killarney but we need something for that rainy day also,” Marie replied.
She was first elected to the Killarney Municipal District in 2009, elected on to the Labour Party Panel of Seanad Eireann in 2011 and elected again once more in the 2019 local elections.
“My father canvased for Mike Moynihan. I remember being 18 living my best life with my own flat in Tralee and my father sent a driver for me to come vote at Coolick NS for Mike Moynihan.
“Afterwards I asked my father where was my driver to return to Tralee to which he replied sure he’s long gone. Can’t you get the bus back tomorrow?”
“Mike and I helped Breda Moynihan Cronin in the initial stages of her campaign and I soon became her secretary. Breda was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1992 general election as a Labour Party TD for Kerry South, succeeding her father. When her seat was no more I continued with Breda voluntarily so when elections came around again that’s when I was elected.”
The late Peggy O’Callaghan was a founder of Kilcummin Scor
By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week. Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7. Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week.
Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7.
Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the music and drama arm of the local GAA club.
“It afforded the opportunity to females to participate in club activities long before ladies’ football was initiated and it brought many people into the club, many of whom remained involved in different capacities over the years,” said a club statement.
“She has left us a wonderful legacy and will be remembered fondly by those lucky enough to have met her.”
Peggy will be sadly missed by her husband Michael, sons Diarmuid and Shane, daughters-in-law Trisha and Áine, grandchildren Dara, Caoimhe, Donnacha, Siún and Éabha, brothers Seánie and Frank, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.
Feature: Mayor Marie Moloney While I was somewhat familiar with Marie, a quick google on the way out the door...
The late Peggy O’Callaghan was a founder of Kilcummin Scor
By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week....
Surprise: Details of town-centre inner relief road revealed
By Sean Moriarty Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na...
Lakers game postponed
Fans hoping to see Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Basketball Club’s first home game of 2022 were left disappointed after the...
Basketball teams Offer ‘Timeout’ to promote mental health
Kerry Mental Health Association and the two Killarney teams that compete in the Basketball Super and National Leagues have come...
Fleming and Doherty top Killarney crew at Boggeragh
The Boggeragh Rallysprint, organised by Cork Motor Club and based in the forest complex of the same name, took place...
Killarney Valley athletes rubbing shoulders with the best
Killarney Valley AC continued their upward curve last Sunday when they entered men’s and women’s teams in the prestigious National...
Hoops to host Cork City at Celtic Park
League of Ireland giants Cork City will be back in Killarney on Saturday afternoon, three years after they last paid...
Kerry victory sets up Killarney final versus Cork
McGrath Cup Tipperary 0-5 Kerry 1-23 Templetuohy A depleted Kerry squad made light work of Tipperary on Wednesday night to...
Killarney RFC coast to U16 Munster final
Munster U16 League Semi-Final Killarney 26 Bruff 0 Aghadoe The Killarney RFC U16 girls are on the cusp of provincial...
News2 weeks ago
Meet the Killarney woman in the heart of the biggest US news stories this year
News3 days ago
Aldi’s new Killarney store on the Park Road was officially opened on Thursday
News3 weeks ago
Champion jockey Murphy to relinquish race licence
News2 days ago
More to come at Aldi’s new store