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Nagle’s helmet set to make €15k in charity auction

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A crash helmet worn by Paul Nagle during the 2021 World Rally Championship - and signed by some of the sport’s biggest names - is set to make at least €15,000 at a charity auction this weekend.

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Both Fossa GAA Club and Recovery Haven in Tralee will benefit from the funds from the side event at the much-anticipated Déjà Vu Tralee charity road run on Saturday.

Over 160 cars from the 1950s up the present day will take part in the 180km run along the Dingle Peninsula after a ceremonial start in Tralee town centre at 9am.

The event – part of Kerry Motor Club’s 50th anniversary – is tracing the history of motorsport in the county.
As well as the road event, a gala dinner will take place in The Rose Hotel later that evening.

Several items of interest to motorsport fans are up for grabs in an auction – including the helmet - that will run alongside the gala dinner.

Nagle has just returned from Rally de Portugal where he was competing for the M-Sport World Rally Team alongside Craig Breen.

The World Rally Championship celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend and many former world champions and rally stars of the past were present in Porto.

The Aghadoe man got several of the sport's heroes to sign one of his world-standard helmets and this will be the main auction item on the night.

Signatories include multiple world champions like Sebastien Loeb, Sebastien Ogier and Carlos Sainz. Irish world championship heroes Kris Meeke and Breen have also put their name to the helmet. In total, over 20 current or former world championship drivers have signed the helmet.

“I already have a very good offer on the helmet of €15,000 which will go to Recovery Haven Kerry,” he said.

“Anything more I would like to give to Fossa GAA Club. They are building dressing rooms for their female footballers and my two kids have just started to play with the club. I would like to give back something to the community. I have been very privileged to do what I do, and this is something for two local organisations that deserve support."

Bidding on the helmet will take place during the gala dinner but phone bids and silent bids are also welcome.

Fossa GAA Club is organising a fundraiser for club activities and has put together ‘A Night With Legends’ at the INEC on July 5.

Some of the greatest legends ever to grace a Gaelic football pitch will share a stage and Nagle’s helmet auction will be one of the first contributions to this.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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