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Monte Carlo hosts the World Rally Championship season opening round this weekend. Irish rally fans will be tracking the progress of Paul Nagle, navigator to Kris Meeke, and Waterford man Craig Breen, both competing again this year for the Citroen WRC team.

12 months ago, Ogier silenced his doubters by winning his fifth consecutive championship with privateers M-Sport. Joining M-Sport he had nowhere to hide putting his Fiesta in a ditch early on Friday, but he bounced back in true Ogier-style. His main rival Neuville crashing out of the rally lead and typically it was Ogier who was best-placed to pounce, scooping up a maiden win on his M-Sport debut.

Monte was a perfect microcosm of Ogier’s 2017 season. He wasn’t the quickest, topping only three of Monte’s 15 stages. Ogier stole Neuville’s win in the season opener and consistently put his Fiesta in places it had no right to be. A win in Portugal was the second and final win of the year, and yet Ogier romped away with his fifth title.

Ogier’s ability to play the numbers game like nobody else, knowing when to push and when to hold back with his Fiesta playing to his tune. It was the most consistent, reliable car in the field. The Hyundai proved to be fragile, Toyota was still in development and Citroen was undriveable.

12 months on M-Sport has increased Ford backing so its underdog status is no longer as valid. Ogier has also had his first proper winter testing so the Monte will not be the unknown like last year. Citroen has a point to prove and Meeke and Nagle have the speed, Hyundai will be more robust, and Toyota have the talented Tanak. Qgier won’t have it his own way. It is the makings of another exciting season.

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

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Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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