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Van-tastic news as Divane’s named best in country

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VAN-TASTIC: The team at Divane Volkswagen, John Vahey, Brendan O'Sullivan, Jerome Flynn, Paul Langston, Stan Divane, Denis Divane and John Divane, celebrate being crowned Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle's Retailer of the Year.

Divane Volkswagen in Castleisland has been awarded Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Retailer of the Year 2020.

Divanes have been Volkswagen Dealers in Kerry since 1954 and operate the oldest Volkswagen site in the country.

This award, which celebrates excellence within the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Retail network, recognises the retailer’s contribution in a number of areas including sales performance, local market share and overall customer experience, and is the highest honour that a Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles retailer can achieve.

The award was presented virtually to Denis Divane and the team at Divane Volkswagen, by Alan Bateson, Managing Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland.

Commenting on the award, Denis Divane said he was delighted to receive such an accolade.

“We are delighted to receive the award in recognition of our ongoing commitment and dedication to the brand. We have a strong team in place and pride ourselves in supplying both a premium product and a professional service together with a state-of-the-art modern workshop. My team are very experienced and passionate about the brand. We are proud to have worked together and delivered the number one brand in the county and the top performance nationally.”

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One Killarney entry in Déjà Vu Ireland West

Killarney garage owner Johnny O’Sullivan is the only Kerry driver to enter Déjà Vu Ireland West in Mayo next month. Johnny was part of the organising team on the Déjà […]

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Killarney garage owner Johnny O’Sullivan is the only Kerry driver to enter Déjà Vu Ireland West in Mayo next month.

Johnny was part of the organising team on the Déjà Vu Tralee event in May. He and his son John drove a Mazda RX-8 as a sweeper car in the event that visited old rally stages in West Kerry earlier this summer.

Déjà Vu Ireland West was originally supposed to run in 2021 but was postponed several times as a result of the pandemic.

After many false starts the Westport-based event will finally get underway next month. This great motoring re-union of 130 historic rallying and supercars, will leave The Mall in Westport at 10am on October 1 and will follow a non-competitive 180km run through Connemara.

Spectators are in for a treat as the fabulous array of World Rally, Group 4, and Group A cars travel over some of the special stages that were used on the Circuit of Ireland and Galway International Rallies in the past.

“I really enjoyed the Tralee event, it was great to be part of it but this time we are going as participants,” said Johnny, who will be co-driven by his son John.

They will use the same Mazda that they drove in Tralee earlier this year.

Déjà Vu Motorsport is an organisation set up by former motorsport TV personality Alan ‘Plum’ Tyndall and former international rally co-driver Beatty Crawford. Their events raise funds for local charities and after the Tralee meeting they donated €40,000 to Recovery Haven cancer charity in Tralee.

Entries for the Mayo event close today (Friday) and at the time of publication there was only one Kerry entry.

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Replica Ghostbuster car star attraction in Cannonball run

By Sean Moriarty A replica of the 1960 Cadillac that starred in the 1984 Hollywood hit ‘Ghostbusters’ will be one of the star attractions when Cannonball rolls into Killarney next […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A replica of the 1960 Cadillac that starred in the 1984 Hollywood hit ‘Ghostbusters’ will be one of the star attractions when Cannonball rolls into Killarney next Friday evening.

Cannonball is the largest organised road trip in Europe and this year the event will have the highest ever number of car entries including Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin Porsche, Rolls Royce Bentley and Maserati.

Spectators will get up close and personal with 200 of the finest cars on the planet and enjoy the unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for with both drivers and spectators in fancy dress.

The event, which raises money for the HOPE Foundation, will overnight in Killarney on Friday, September 9.

Among the varied cars will be the first Irish built ‘Ghostbusters’ Cadillac Ecto-1 including the iconic roof rack, Proton Packs for all of the crew, Ecto Goggles, P.K.E. Meters, and a slew of ghost traps.

“The first finish line and overnight stay will be at the Brehon Hotel. On Saturday September 10 the convoy will leave Killarney at around 10am,” said an event spokesperson.

After Killarney the road run will visit Limerick and Galway before another overnight halt in Sligo ahead of the finish line at Trim Castle in County Meath on Sunday, September 11.

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