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Answering Johnny’s final call

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FRIENDS: Denis Hickey and Sean Nolan, from Glenflesk, pay their respects to their friend Johnny Hickey.

GET IN LINE: Rally cars line up at the Liebherr Container Cranes factory in Fossa. Killarney and District Motor Club thanked factory management for the use of the facility.

PAYING RESPECT: Shane Doyle and Donagh Crowley from Headford pay their respects to Johnny Hickey.

RESPECTS: Tadgh O’Sullivan and Donal O’Donoghue pay their respects.

LAST JOURNEY: Johnny Hickey's cortege was lead by the famous Ford Escort that he and his father Charlie competed in together. The car was driven by one of Johnny's great friends Colin O'Donoghue. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Sean Moriarty
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In the weeks and days leading up to the Rally of the Lakes and the Killarney Historic Rally, competitors near and far could be sure of one thing - they would get phone call after phone call from Johnny Hickey cajoling them into entering his home events.

Only a top-quality entry would do Johnny and he would stop at nothing to convince a driver to place their entry.

More often than not he would be encouraging entries from drivers who he would have to compete against in the event, but that didn’t matter to Johnny.

“The best of the best are coming,” he would say weeks before the event and long before the official entry list was published.

He knew, even before the entries secretary knew, who was coming.

He had spoken to the competitors himself and he had received the promises.

And, if during the first phone call the driver’s excuse for not coming did not stack up, Johnny would be on the phone again and again until they eventually relented – sometimes even withdrawing from a previous commitment just because Johnny was not going to take no or a lame excuse for an answer.

So, it was fitting on Tuesday afternoon that drivers and co-drivers from all over the county gave Johnny the send-off he truly deserved.

As Johnny made his way to his last time control, competitors lined the road from the top of Madam’s Hill to the entrance of Aghadoe Cemetery.

Over 40 rally cars, from a state-of-the-art World Rally Car to entry-level junior Honda Civics, formed an automotive guard of honour to pay respects to a man that did so much for rallying in Kerry.

He would have been proud of the top-class entry that he attracted.

The best of the best came to see him on his final journey. They answered Johnny’s call.

[caption id="attachment_37330" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] RESPECTS: Tadgh O’Sullivan and Donal O’Donoghue pay their respects.[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_37329" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] PAYING RESPECT: Shane Doyle and Donagh Crowley from Headford pay their respects to Johnny Hickey.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_37328" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] GET IN LINE: Rally cars line up at the Liebherr Container Cranes factory in Fossa. Killarney and District Motor Club thanked factory management for the use of the facility.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_37327" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] FRIENDS: Denis Hickey and Sean Nolan from Glenflesk pay their respects to their friend Johnny Hickey.[/caption]

FINAL JOURNEY: Johnny Hickey makes his final journey along New St, his uncle John Hickey leading the cortege in one of the family's famous rally cars. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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