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7 fathers and sons (and one daughter) named in Rally field

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The list of entrants for this year’s Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes has been revealed and a host of familiar faces have confirmed their attendance at the legendary Killarney event.

Heading the international entry list is last year’s winner, Sam Moffett from Monaghan. Moffett will start in the top slot alongside local co-driver Noel O’Sullivan. Declan Boyle, a former leader of the Rally of the Lakes, will start in second and Irish Tarmac Championship leader Josh Moffett, who recently had back-to-back wins on both the West Cork and Easter Stages Rallies, is up next in his Ford Fiesta. Manus Kelly and Derek McGarrity will follow in their Subarus.

Rob Duggan (co-driver Tara Duggan) is the top-seeded Kerry driver (15), while Kevin O’Donoghue, Charlie Hickey and Tadhg O’Sullivan all appear in the top 30.

There are 101 crews in total in the main field with a further 27 taking part in the juniors section. Interestingly, there are seven fathers and sons or daughters participating in this year’s Rally of the Lakes: Kevin and Colin O’Donoghue, Charlie and Johnny Hickey, Joe and Brian Connolly, Ken and Keith Lyons, Noel O’Sullivan Senior and Junior, Kieran and Cormac Phelan, Denis and Ryan O’Brien and Philip McKibbin and his daughter Lynn.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser, Clerk of Course Dermot Healy confirmed that the Rally of the Lakes will be availing of Liebherr’s brand new 477-space car park at Lackabane in Fossa, which he says will be a “huge bonus”.

Dermot also said preparations are going well for the event. “Everything is going pretty good,” he confirmed. “Programmes will be on sale this weekend and all is good to go.”

Speaking directly to motorsport fans who are looking forward to next weekend, the COC had a clear message. “Be safe and enjoy the rally. Obey the marshals and obey the gardaí. A safe rally is my priority – for both spectators and competitors alike.”

The three-day event will begin with a ceremonial start in Killarney’s town centre at 7pm on Friday May 4 with the Rally itself beginning the following morning at the iconic Molls Gap. Next it’s the Tim Healy Pass and centralised service in Castletownbere Pier. Then it’s time to head out on the famous stages of Cods Head and Ardgroom with a repeat run over the Healy Pass and into service for a break. Cods Head and Ardgroom are repeated and it’s a blast through the Kilmakilloge Harbour Stage to finish off the day.

Sunday Morning starts with Molls Gap once again, followed by the mountainous Beallaghbeama Pass, then into service at Liebherr. This loop of Molls Gap and Beallaghbeama Pass is repeated with the inclusion of a new version of the fast flowing Shanera Stage called Brook Hill. It’s into service once again before heading out to the Spectator-friendly loop of Rossanean, Brook Hill and Rossanean again as the final stage. The crews will arrive back to the finishing ramp at the Rally Head Quarters, The Gleneagle Hotel, at 5.30pm for celebrations and champagne.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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