One of Ireland's World Cup hockey heroes to feature in Mondello charity race

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One of Ireland's World Cup hockey heroes to feature in Mondello charity race
18:00 Sunday 12th of August 2018

Irish hockey star Nicci Daly will take part in a charity race at Mondello Park next weekend to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.

Daly, who helped Ireland to reach the World Cup final in London last weekend where they eventually lost to Netherlands in the final, will be part of the line up for the race alongside one of her friends at the charity event in the Kildare venue which takes place on Saturday and Sunday August 18/19.

Nicci is the daughter of one of Ireland's most successful national racing drivers, Vivion Daly and niece of ex F1 and Indycar driver Derek Daly- so motor racing is very much in her blood. Sadly, Vivion sucumbed to cancer back in 2002 and Nicci now returns to the arena he practically made his own to take the wheel herself.

Along with her friend Emma Dempsey, also the daughter of a successful driver and team owner, Cliff Dempsey, Nicci has set up Formula Female, with the intention of attracting more women to the sport, but also to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. They will both drive an ex Mondello Park racing School Rover 25 GTI in the MicksGarage Future Classics class at the Mondello Park Historic next weekend (August 18/19)

Most of Nicci's #GreenArmy Irish Hockey teammates, now almost household names since coming home from the World Cup with silver medals, will also attend the race meeting to show their support.

Ahead of the race, Daly said; "Next weekend I look forward to honoring my dad Vivion Daly and the legacy he left behind at Mondello Park as we celebrate their 50 year anniversary. We hope through our Formula Female brand to not only break boundaries as two females competing against a male dominated grid but also encourage more females into the sport- and most importantly to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. We look forward to the turnout to celebrate the last 50 years, the life of (circuit owner) Martin Birrane and the legacy of Vivion Daly."

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