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Ballyfinnane Hillclimb was deemed a massive success

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Kerry Motor Club and the Ballyfinnane Community Hall Association created motorsport history in the mid-Kerry village on Sunday.

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Driver John Kennedy. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Andrew Boyle Patrick Clifford Jack Clifford and Liam Pigott from Castlemaine at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Ann and Carla Ann Flynn from Croughmore Ballyfinnane pictured at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Brian O’Connor Cian O’Mahony Stephen O’Connell and Jay O’Rourke took a break from marshalling at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Connor Ashe and his dad Shane from Firies had fun at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Connor Ashe and his dad Shane from Firies had fun at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

David McCarthy (Moyvane) Sophie Kelliher (Cromane) Siobhan and Cian McCarthy (Moyvane) pictured at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Having the craic while taking a break at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Ken O’Neill (Milltown) George Edwards (Camp) Martin Quirke (Camp) and Dave Curran (Tralee) has some shelter from the showers during Sunday’s Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Lillyrose Cronin and Sheila Vaughan were busy keeping everyone fed at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Mossie Costello (Tarbert) Cyril and Ronan Clohessy (Clare) took part in the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Natalia McDermott from Ballymac had fun with her twin brothers Oscar (left) and Ollie (right) at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Sarah Morris Abbey Kelliher Brendan Kelliher and Sophie Kelliher from Cromane pictured enjoying the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed in the rain on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Sylvia and Emma Walsh pictured taking time out from the rain in the Ballyfinnane Community Hall during the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

Teresa Daly and Robin (5) from Ballyfinnane got a chance to see the rally cars up close at the Ballyfinnane Festival of Speed on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Breen Crean Photography

The two groups marked the 120th anniversary of the first motorsport event in Kerry by running a hillclimb event in the area.

Modern safety rules prevented the use of the original hill but Kerry Motor Club and Motorsport Ireland officials identified a new section of road in the area that allowed the local club to run its first hillclimb in Kerry since the mid-1980s.

Huge crowds descended on the village where a range of sideshows like a classic car display and a motorcycle exhibition added to the occasion.

The 1.41km course ran from Aubee Bridge to the Ballyfinnane Community Hall, winner John Donnely from Tyrone cleared the course in an incredible 44.29 seconds in his Pilbeam single-seater racing car.

He set the time on his first of five passes over the course.

Limerick’s Ben O’Brien was second in his Gould GR 37 racing car. His best time over the distance came 46.79 seconds, coming on the fifth and final run.

Ed Synan from Shanagolden was the best of the rally car drivers, he finished third overall in his Escort.

Firies-based West Cork man Vince McSweeney was the best of the local drivers. The rules stated that a driver must have a Kerry address to qualify for the award. The Mitsubishi Lancer E7 driver finished fourth overall.

Several Kerry drivers took home class awards. Killarney’s David Maes won class 2 for Modified Production Saloons in his BMW Mini. This was his first-ever motorsport award of any description.

Billy Burke, who usually races in Mondello Park, contested his first closed road event and won Class 3A in his Honda Civic.

The event also permitted rally cars and local drivers took the opportunity to take their cars for a run.

PJ O’Dowd double-drove Ken McKenna’s Peugeot 205 and beat the car’s owner for the Class 8A win. David Griffin was third in this class, Declan O’Sullivan fourth and London-based Killarney man Mick Smith fifth.

Mark O’Leary won class 8B. Local man Keith O’Connor, a member of the organising team was fourth in the same class.

Cyril Wharton, one of the sponsors of the event won class 9B and despite clutch issues motorcycle racer Anthony O’Carroll was fourth.
Killarney and District Motor Club members Brian Hickey was third in class 10, John Hickey fifth and Tom O’Sullivan seventh.

Kerry Motor Club officials praised the support they got from the local community to get the event off the ground and sponsors Brian O’Neill Garden Equipment and Trailers, Cyril Wharton Tool Hire and Moriarty’s Central Cars Sales for their support.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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