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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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Kerry rowing clubs flock to Killarney for the start of the coastal season

There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the […]

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There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the Lake’ time-trial for coastal one-design boats.

The event, hosted by the local Flesk Valley Rowing Club, signalled the start of the summer season for clubs rowing the coastal ‘one-design’ boats.

It was fitting that on the weekend that the Killarney National Park celebrated the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House to the public, that hundreds of people also flocked to the Flesk Valley shore to appreciate and enjoy the splendour of the park.

Speaking after the event, Flesk Valley chairman, John Fleming thanked all the Kerry clubs who supported this new event and congratulated all the first-time rowers taking to the water in a competitive event for the first time.
“We were delighted to welcome our neighbouring clubs Workmens’ and Fossa, and look forward to renewing rivalries with them again at the Killarney Regatta at the end of this month,” he said.

“We would also like to thank Mary B. Teahan, Andrew Wharton, Johanna King and the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association for all their support and encouragement, and Denis O’Leary for coordinating safety on the water.”
Flesk Valley would also like to thank the Killarney National Park, Leanes Tool Hire, Hegartys Shop and Muckross Rowing Club for their support.

“This was a great start to the coastal rowing season, and augurs well for the months ahead as clubs build towards the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships to be held in Dingle at the end of August,” added the chairman.

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NPWS announces nature scholarships to mark ‘Muckross 60’

Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of […]

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Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House and Gardens to the public. The scholarships will be funded and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Niall O Donnchú said, “Killarney and Muckross have a very special place in Ireland’s heritage legacy, and  such beautiful gems need constant care, nurturing and indeed protecting by future generations. In supporting these third level scholarships, the NPWS is building the knowledge base of the future to assist those generations in continuing to realise the full beauty and nature value of the very unique Muckross House and Gardens and Killarney National Park.”

Mr O Donnchú added: “Killarney has a long history of scholarship, research and frontier work on nature and that continues to this day in the management of Killarney National Park and Muckross House and Gardens. The endowment of these annual scholarships is a very clear attestation that this crucial work continues to be undertaken across our national park system and especially here in Killarney and Muckross. This work has been pioneering in respect of wildlife and nature research and indeed the reintroduction of endangered species and the discovery, even this year, of more.”

Minister for Education and Kerry T.D. Norma Foley also welcomed new scholarships to mark the 60th anniversary of Muckross House.

“Muckross House is one of the jewels in the crown of Kerry tourism and received almost one million visitors last year. These scholarships will further add to our understanding of this outstanding part of our national heritage,” she said.

Muckross House was built by the Herbert family, who were local landlords. They became very wealthy during the 18th century due to the working of the copper mines on the Muckross Peninsula. They commenced the building of the present Muckross House in 1839. It was completed in 1843 at cost of £30,000, just two years prior to the Great Irish Famine. The Herbert family hosted the visit of Queen Victoria to Muckross House in 1861 but later got into financial difficulties and lost the house in 1897.

It was then bought by Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family. He in turn sold it in 1911 to William Bowers Bourn, a wealthy Californian gold miner. Bowers Bourn gave it to his daughter Maud as a wedding gift when she married Arthur Rose Vincent, an Irish barrister who later became a Senator.

After Maude died from pneumonia in 1929, Arthur Rose Vincent decided to donate Muckross house to the Irish nation as a memorial to his wife. Muckross House was transferred to the state in 1932 with its 11,000 acre estate and became Ireland’s first National Park in 1933.

The park and gardens were opened to the public but the house remained closed until 1964 when it was reopened as a folk museum on June 14, 1964 following a campaign by people in Killarney.

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