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Rallying folklore to be told in Headford man’s book

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CALLED TO BOOK: Both Paul Nagle and Craig Breen will feature in a new book on Irish rallying published by Michael O’Mahoney. Photo Eamon Keogh

By Sean Moriarty

A Headford motorsport enthusiast has compiled a book on the stories behind the characters of Irish rallying – just in time for Christmas.

Michael O’Mahoney is the Managing Diirector of Rentokil-Initial Ireland.

The company is the long-time sponsor of the Killarney Historic Rally and has also funded the appearance of star names like five-time British Champion Jimmy McRae and Belgian legend Paul Lietaer on Killarney events.

Locally he has sponsored the likes of Rob Duggan, the winner of last year’s Historic Rally and funded Craig Breen and Paul Nagle’s 2019 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship-winning campaign last season.

As a result he has built up an impressive list of contacts in Irish and International rallying and he invited 75 of them to contribute to the book which he has titled: ‘Icons of Irish Rallying- and more.’

“It was a labour of love,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

Contributors include Breen and Nagle and Donegal co-driver Rory Kennedy who holds the record for the most Rally of the Lakes wins.

The book also contains rallying stories by the clubmen and women who are a central part of the sport.

These include the Hickey family, father and son Charlie and Johnny Hickey and Charlie’s brother John and his daughter Michelle.

Killarney father and son Kevin and Colin O’Donoghue also feature.

Further details of the book and purchase details will be released in the next week.

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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