Faha man’s vehicle the star of classic car run
Tony Darmody of Faha had the honour of driving of the oldest car in the 11th annual Ballymac Classic Car Run on Sunday last.
Over one hundred cars took part in the event to raise funds for ‘Help Rose Bloom’ a local charity set up to help Rose O’Flaherty who suffers from Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA1) a severe genetic condition that weakens muscles and causes problems with movement.
The oldest car in the fleet was a 1953 Austin A40 Somerset owned by Tony Darmody who is better known for his role as Chairman of Listry Community Council.
Tony has owned the car since 2015. He bought the 67-year-old car at the request of his daughter Aisling who decided this was the one she wanted to be driven to Fossa Church on the day of her wedding in August 2017.
Tony completed a full restoration of the vehicle ahead of his daughter’s big day.
He has the full history of the car kept in a neat folder in the glove box. He is ready to answer any question that enthusiasts might throw at him at events like the one held on Sunday.
“It was manufactured on December 18, 1953,” Tony said.
“Aisling picked out this car, including the colour. It was in a sorry state when I got it, but it was fully restored in time for her wedding to Daniel O’Sullivan. It was a ground-up restoration.”
After a ‘Cars n' Coffee’ event at O’Riada’s Bar on Sunday, the 107 cars and 16 Honda 50s set off for a tour of West Kerry.
International Rally of the Lakes and Assess Ireland team up!
Killarney & District Motor Club are delighted to announce Assess Ireland as the new title sponsor for the 2023 International Rally of the Lakes. The Rally of the Lakes is […]
Killarney & District Motor Club are delighted to announce Assess Ireland as the new title sponsor for the 2023 International Rally of the Lakes.
The Rally of the Lakes is the leading motorsport event in Ireland and attracts huge crowds to Killarney over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, April 29 and 30.
“Killarney and District Motor Club are delighted to welcome Assess Ireland on board as the title sponsor for the 2023 International Rally of the Lakes,” KDMC Chairman, Thomas Randles, said.
“We are honoured to have such a blue-chip company, together with our associated sponsor, the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney supporting this year’s Clerk of the Course Dermot Healy and KDMC in running the 2023 Rally of the Lakes making it another successful event for all involved.”
Conor Deasy, Managing Director of Assess Ireland added that “Assess Ireland provides Automotive and Engineering inspections services nationally which makes the Rally of the Lakes an ideal event for our company to be associated with”.
“We are delighted to be supporting one of the most famous annual motorsport events,” Mr Deasy said. “It is our intention to continue as the main sponsor for a minimum of three years.”
Established in 1999 with its head office in Kerry, Assess Ireland are the front runners in the Motor Assessing and Engineering Inspection Services, providing a wide range of vehicle inspections and plant/engineering GA1 certs through its national network.
The Gleneagle Hotel will again be the Rally Headquarters, an unbroken association dating back to the event’s first running.
“The Gleneagle Hotel is delighted to welcome Assess Ireland on board as title sponsor of Killarney International Rally of the Lakes,” Patrick O’Donoghue, Managing Director of the Gleneagle Hotel, said.
“We look forward to working with Assess Ireland, KDMC and other associate sponsors to deliver a successful and safe Rally in 2023.”
Dermot Healy, returning to the role of Clerk of the Course said, “I am delighted to welcome Assess Ireland on board as title sponsor for this year’s event, and beyond. I look forward to working with Conor and all the team.
“Assess Ireland and motorsport is a perfect fit, and I am delighted that they chose our event to be a partner with. We are particularly delighted with a multi-year option as from experience we can grow and develop together. This year’s event promises to be exciting with a total of 238km of competitive driving taking in some of the classic stages while including a new 18km test.”
Dermot promises more exciting news over the coming weeks.
Killarney is the place to be this May Bank Holiday weekend, see you there!
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McElligotts named best Kia dealer in Europe
McElligotts Tralee have been awarded the inaugural Kia European Dealer of the Year award for 2023. This prestigious award was given exclusively to the best Kia dealers across Europe, as […]
McElligotts Tralee have been awarded the inaugural Kia European Dealer of the Year award for 2023.
This prestigious award was given exclusively to the best Kia dealers across Europe, as part of Kia’s distinctive global dealer excellence recognition programme.Dealers are recognised for the previous year’s performance in delivering outstanding standards, customer service, customer facilities, staff training and development, sales performance and local market share.McElligotts were among just 28 European recipients from 1,640 dealerships and the sole Irish representative to receive the accreditation.“McElligotts have been in business in Kerry since 1870 thanks to our customer centric approach that is always supported by great staff. This award is testament to the entire team and I would like to thank everyone here at McElligotts for their hard work and dedication to our customers,” Declan O’Hara, Managing Director of McElligotts, said.Kia finished 2022 as Ireland’s fourth best-selling car brand and offers nine models including Picanto, Rio, Stonic, Ceed, XCeed, Niro, Sportage, Sorento and EV6, which was voted the Irish and European Car of the Year in 2022.
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