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Enjoy the rally but misbehaving boy racers face a night in custody

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Gardai are expecting large crowds in town for this weekend’s Rally of the Lakes.

Months of planning has gone into a road safety plan to help both rally organisers and the general public.

With the expected increase in traffic volumes on the roads by day and the significant increase in footfall within the town by night, Killarney Gardaí have deployed additional resources for the entire weekend to address all aspects of policing.

Gardai say they want everyone to enjoy the rally and “what Killarney has to offer” but any element of ant-social behaviour will be dealt with in a very strict manner.

“Everyone is very positive this year, our plan is to provide reassurance to the public, and, in the event of an incident occurring, a timely and appropriate Garda response,” Sergeant Dermot O’Connell told the Killarney Advertiser. “Due to the cancellation of the Rally in 2020 and 2021 we expect rally enthusiasts to travel to Killarney in large numbers.”

Mobile patrols and checkpoints will be very evident over the weekend. Drivers will be randomly tested on the roadside for alcohol and drugs. Unmarked Garda vehicles will monitor the public roads to detect incidents of dangerous driving. Uniformed and Plain clothes Gardaí will walk the beat to detect illegal drug use and incidents of public disorder.

“The policing plan takes into account the increased risk that is associated with all major events.

“Similar to previous years, individuals arrested may find themselves held in custody overnight and brought directly to court the following day. Our aim this year is to further reduce anti-social behaviour.

“We want all who attend Killarney this weekend to enjoy themselves, enjoy what Killarney has to offer, to create a positive memory of the weekend.

“Any individual who intends to cause disruption on the roads or within the town should cast their memory back to the many Garda prosecutions initiated in 2018 and 2019.”

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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