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Rower Monika inspires Kerry’s leaders and champions to dream big with Nissan

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Irish senior rowing high performance team member Monika Dukarska. PICTURE: DAVID KEANE

KILLORGLIN rower Monika Dukarska is playing an inspirational role in encouraging Kerry’s next generation of leaders and champions to follow their dreams with the support of Nissan.

Monika has become one of the country’s top rowers since she joined the Nissan Generation Next programme which provides Ireland’s rising stars with a brand new, taxed and insured Nissan to drive for a year.

Applications for this year’s Nissan Generation Next programme are now open and Monika is calling on Kerry’s innovators and movers and shakers to apply so that they might follow in her footsteps.

“Anyone who wants to get ahead should apply. It is definitely worth it. I did not really expect to win when I applied but anyone who is ambitious should not underestimate their chances of getting the keys to a brand new Nissan,” said Monika.

Monika drove away with the keys to a Nissan Pulsar when she was selected from the hundreds of high achievers around the country who applied to be part of the Nissan Generation Next programme in 2015.

Recent illness has forced Monika to pull back from her attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio, but she has bounced back with a move from the women’s pair discipline to single sculling as part of a longer-term strategy to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

“Without the car I would not be able to train as easily as I do. It has given me huge independence to travel from Kerry to Cork for training, to Tralee for college and to the lake in Cromane which is great for training 24/7 because I don’t have to worry about low tides,” Monika said.

“People in Kerry are definitely more aware of who I am driving the car. My coach was telling some locals in Cromane that I would be coming to train there and they told him they already knew that because they had seen me in the Nissan Generation Next ambassador car.”

Collecting the Nissan Pulsar and driving it down the motorway back to Kerry was one of the highlights of the year for Monika, she said. “I no longer have to rely on family and friends to drive me somewhere. The car gives me peace of mind to do my own thing and people support me because I am a Nissan Generation Next ambassador,” she said.

Nissan Generation Next has put 20 of Ireland’s new generation of leaders and champions on the road to success since it was launched in 2014.

“We are looking for people like Monika who are confident, focused and passionate about what they do in life and who could use a brand new, taxed and insured Nissan to help them achieve their goals,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants for the 2016 Nissan Generation Next progamme can apply online at www.nissangenerationnext.ie.

Applicants will be requested to briefly outline why they are an ideal candidate for Nissan Generation Next and how Nissan can help them to achieve the goals. Family members and friends can also make applications on behalf of individuals whom they consider to be an ideal Nissan Generation Next ambassador.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, May 10, 2016. A shortlist of 20 candidates from those who apply nationwide will be announced soon after and put forward to a four-week public voting phase. The seven individuals generating the largest number of votes will win a place on the Nissan Generation Next ambassador programme.

The judges at Nissan will also select three applicants whom they believe are deserving of a place on the Nissan Generation Next ambassador programme.
 


 
Monika Dukarska. PICTURE: DAVID KEANE

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Go on…put the kettle on to help a good cause!

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TEA TIME: Nora Murphy, Mary Lehane and Betty Carmody, drinking a cuppa as they raise awareness about this year’s Virtual Tea for Motor Neurone Disease which takes place on June 21.

By Michelle Crean

June 21 is Global Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Day and one local group is calling for participants to get involved.

Christy Lehane, Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA, will take part in the Virtual Tea for MND fundraiser and awareness event.

“We never thought this time last year that 12 months later we would be doing Virtual Tea for MND,” Christy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In these COVID times our fundraising efforts have all ceased, but sadly there is no slowing down of Motor Neurone Disease. Providing the support and services to our Motor Neurone sufferers is now more important than ever before. I am now appealing to all you good people and friends who have supported us in the past to please hear my plea. I myself will drink Virtual Tea for MND again this year. So go on, put on the kettle and take out the china tea pot and get family and friends around to the garden for a brew and a catchup for a great cause. If you do not feel comfortable with having people around, you can go very modern and go Zooming and encourage your friends to do so also. I am aware that some of our MND sufferers are themselves organising Virtual Tea Drinking get togethers.”

Participating SuperValu stores are on board again this year providing tea bags etc. to raise awareness of MND, and staff will be asking shoppers for donations for the IMNDA starting on June 7 to 21.

“I seldom seek donations and financial support, but perhaps in these COVID times when our need is greatest you might be moved to help us.”

Every year MND Associations across the globe mark June 21 as a special day of recognition where the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations across the world undertake a range of activities to raise awareness and keep focused on the search for the cause, treatment and eventual cure for this terrible disease.

You can donate to www.imnda.ie or if you can contact Christy Lehane Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA on 087 9671011.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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