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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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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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