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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

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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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Weird and wonderful insurance policies

As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note. Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites. Here are some of the […]

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As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note.

Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites.

Here are some of the more interesting and obscure insurance policies put in place over the years.
· David Beckham insured his legs with Lloyds for £100m in 2006

· Dolly Parton has insured her 40dd breasts for £3.8m

· Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hands are insured for $1.6m

· Michael Flatleys legs were insured for $47 Million. The policy was only in effect when he was touring and forbade him from dancing except on stage.

· James Dean took out a life policy for $100,000 just a week before his tragic death at the age of 25

· The actor Richard Burton purchased a 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier for $1.1 Million in 1969 as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. It was the world’s most expensive diamond at the time. Once Lloyds had insured the diamond they specified that Taylor should wear it in public for only 30 days a year and even then be protected by security guards. The diamond was sold in 1978 for an estimated $5 Million which would equate to roughly $19 Million today.

· According to novelist and inventor Arthur C Clarke, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to take out insurance with Lloyds to protect himself against losses in the event that extra-terrestrial intelligence was discovered before his movie, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was released. Lloyds refused to quote for this one.

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Kerry to feature in new TG4 documentary on Wild Atlantic Way

Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry. The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry. In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains […]

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Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry.

The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry.

In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains an insight into the culture, challenges and benefits of living by the Atlantic and to find out if seawater still flows through the veins of its coastal communities.

On her travels, Áine will meet with the people of the coast, both young and old. She will spend time in the company of people who live and work by the sea, learning more about the attraction of these areas, and this life, through their eyes, stories and experiences. She will meet those communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats (of all kinds) and more.

Áine began her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair and heads to the wilds of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey.
The third show platforms south Donegal while in week 4, Áine heads to the beautiful Achill Island.

Half way through her journey from Donegal to Kerry, Áine is in Carna in Conamara while in the the sixth programme, Áine continues her journey on the Galway coast, this time in Cois Fharraige

Áine visits Inis Oírr in the seventh programme, the smallest of the three Oileán Árainn, to explore how life has changed for islanders in recent generations through fishing, farming, tourism and sport.

In programme eight, Áine continues her journey, heading for the West Kerry coastline this time around, rowing with a local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, a boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and even All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin. She investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ goes foraging and paddleboarding with a woman who lives and breathes the sea and all it has to offer, Susan Feirtéar.

In the penultimate programme, Áine continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin. She takes a class with local yoga instructor, Ails Ní Chonchúir and heads out to sea with local guide, Eoghan Ó Slatara, to learn about the islands on the west Kerry coast and she tastes some local seafood but she has to cook it first at the Dingle Cookery School.

Áine ends her journey in Uíbh Ráthach, in South Kerry. She gains a different perspective on the sea while snorkling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe, and learns about the Seine boat with a local TikToker, Séaghan Ó Suilleabháin, better known as The Kerry Cowboy, and is there a better way to finish her journey than a first visit to the majestic Sceilg islands?

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