NORTHERN Irish driver Kris Meeke and his navigator Paul Nagle from Killarney overcame a major hiccup to seal victory at Rally Mexico last Saturday.
The Citroën drivers were in front going into the final day and extended their lead over Stéphane Lefebvre by 6.3 seconds in the penultimate speed test.
With victory in sight as they headed into the final few turns, disaster struck as the C3 WRC ran wide on a long right-hand corner. Amazingly, the car flew through a hedge at the side of the road and into a spectator car park.
Meeke managed to keep his cool and get back on track before crossing the finish line with 13.8 seconds to spare.
It’s the duo’s fourth win in the World Rally Championship following their victories in Argentina in 2015 and Portugal and Finland in 2016.
Director of Citroën Racing Yves Matton was mightily relieved with the outcome. “What happened is almost beyond belief, even if this kind of thing has occurred before,” he said.
“At the time, there was some confusion as to what had happened; the onboard footage made it look like there had been a major off whereas the tracking system indicated that the car was still moving. When the car crossed the finishing line we were absolutely thrilled and all the tension and drama just slipped away.”
Tyrone man Meeke admitted that he was fortunate to recover from the mishap. “I think I might end up telling this story hundreds of times,” he reflected.
“I'm annoyed with myself for making that mistake. The car went wide after a big compression and we were very lucky. I quickly looked to get back on the road because I knew we could still win. That's the main thing: we showed the potential of the Citroën C3 WRC in securing the car's first win. I'm proud and delighted for the entire team. This result is for them.”
Ford’s Sébastian Ogier finished second while Thierry Neuville of Hyundai was third.
The victory propels Meeke up to sixth place in the Driver’s World Championship leaderboard on 27 points.
Citroën are currently fourth in the Manufacturer’s World Championship with 55 points.
Above: Locals catch a glimpse of Citroën’s Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle during last weekend’s Rally Mexico.
Therapy dog begins first day of school
By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]
By Michelle Crean
A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.
On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.
It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.
Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme.
Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.
In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.
The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.
“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.
Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.
“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.
Brian James secures much sought after award
A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]
A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.
Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.
The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.
Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.
Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.
“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”
He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.
“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”
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