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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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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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