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Jack Corry with wife Margaret and daughters Megan (left) and Nikki at the Fingal Independent Sport Star Awards in 2016 where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Jack Corry with wife Margaret and daughters Megan (left) and Nikki at the Fingal Independent Sport Star Awards in 2016 where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame recipient Jack Corry with fellow winners Julie McCarthy and Michael Farrelly at the Fingal Independent Sport Star Awards in 2016. Picture: Fintan Clarke

Hall of Fame recipient Jack Corry with fellow winners Julie McCarthy and Michael Farrelly at the Fingal Independent Sport Star Awards in 2016. Picture: Fintan Clarke

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Jack Corry with wife Margaret and daughters Megan (left) and Nikki at the Fingal Independent Sport Star Awards in 2016 where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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WELL folks, we are on the last lap and approaching the final of Corry Corner.

It’s been a joy to see the sport of motorcycling get the coverage that the Fingal Independent has given it, especially over the last, well, almost 15 years.

When Hubert Murphy gave me the go-ahead to start this column back in 2008, little did I think that it would grow to what it has become, respected the length and breadth of this country and further afield, even as far as Australia.

The support that I have been given by John Savage and Marcus Cavaroli since then has been amazing, in all aspects of what I have covered.

I have had the pleasure of interviewing and a World champion and a TT legend, among others, and of course all our talented local riders.

There have been brilliant days, seeing local riders win Irish Championships and Manx Grand Prix – and there were times when the racing was overshadowed by local tragedies like Martin Finnegan, Derek Brien, Noel ‘Smurf’ Murphy and Alan Bonner.

Still the show went on, but unfortunately this issue of the Fingal Independent will be the last one, as the paper closes this week.

I have also been very fortunate to have had so many good people around me who supplied results, contributed to the column and supplied photographs and statistics.

I would like to especially thank Baylon McCaughey, whom I have known for almost 40 years. He has been responsible for so much help with this column over the years, both covering events and supplying photos. He is a true gentleman who has spent his life in the sport, and really doesn’t get the appreciation that he truly deserves.

To my photographer colleagues – Pat Nolan, Adam McMahon, Leo Bissett, Rod Neill, Tommy Vennard, Stephen Davison, Joe Connolly, Andy Quinn, Graham Byrne, Jayo Fleming, Andy Potts and Pat Haslam, a massive thanks for your help.

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I can’t thank both Richard Agnew and Harry Havelin enough for all their support with statistics, history lessons and archive footage from the past.

The support from the clubs and organisations during this time has also been much appreciated, and to have been facilitated and respected by so many of them was an honour.

Without the sponsorship and support from Ollie Grimes of Ollies Place and The Snug in Skerries, who has been part of this column, and also the sport locally for many years, this column would have struggled years ago. Thanks Ollie.

Without doubt my proudest moment as part of this column was to be inducted into the Fingal Independent Hall of Fame, especially with my family being present.

I have also been honoured by a number of clubs for my work, and this is also very much appreciated.

Finally I am grateful for the support of my wife Margaret, who had to put up with me spending hours on a Sunday evening typing my column. There are times when she would have to drive the car home from a Sunday road race, with me typing the column in the passenger seat.

Not forgetting my daughters Nikki and Megan who supported me, helped out with various aspects, and also gave me ideas to keep the column going during the Covid pandemic when there was nothing on.

I will still be providing some coverage of local riders to the Drogheda Independent and the Dundalk Argus, but nothing like what I have been doing here.

I am also continuing with my commentary at both road and off-road events, so I will not be entirely redundant. I am also considering other means of coverage, but I will take a break until after Christmas, regroup, and see where things go from there.

I know I will have probably left someone out, as is normal in times like this, and if I have I am sorry, and grateful for your help and support.

The chequered flag is out, and the race is over.

Keep ’er lit!

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