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Best of the best to take part in Historic Rally

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Best of the best to take part in Historic Rally

At the signing of a new three-year sponsorship deal for the Killarney Historic Stages Rally with Rentokil Initial were (front) Mike Marshall, (Assistant Clerk of the Course) Martin Farrell (Clerk of the Course), Michael O’Mahoney (Rentokil Initial) and Diarmuid Cronin (Chairman of Killarney & District Motor Club). Back: Johnny Hickey (PRO), Tom O’Connor (Rentokil Initial), Rose Cunningham (Rentokil Initial), Diarmuid Lynch and Darren McCormick. Pic: Eamonn Keogh.00

BY JOHNNY HICKEY

 

Killarney and District Motor Club will hold the official launch of the ‘Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally’ this Sunday, in Scotts Hotel Killarney – and all are welcome to attend.

 

The rally – Ireland’s only event to cater solely for historic rally cars which brings a welcome revenue boost to Killarney town each year – will run on Saturday, December 1.

 

Sunday’s launch takes place at 3pm, and there will be some beautiful historic rally cars on display.

Officials, organisers, sponsors, distinguished guest speakers, WRC co-driver Paul Nagle and dignitaries of Killarney town will be on hand to support the event.

 

The rally will count as:

 

– First round of the 2019 Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Historic Rally Championship

– Final round of the 2018 Plasticbags.ie Southern Four Rally Championship

– Final round of the 2018 Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship

– Final round of the 2018 HRCR West Wales Rally Spares – Stage Masters Challenge

 

Killarney and District Motor Club are also pleased to announce the appointment of their new clerk of the course for the Killarney Historic Rally 2018. Martin Farrell, who has vast experience under his belt competing as both a navigator and driver over the past 30 years, takes charge for his first year. Martin has also stepped up in various organiser rolls such as chief Marshal, Deputy COC and COC of our Autocross in the past.

 

Martin has put his own stamp on this year’s event, specifically building this year’s rally around the competitor. He has selected the best classic stages available around Killarney town, offering the competitor 120km of eight special stages followed by short road KMs.

 

The rally will be backed by Rentokil Initial Ireland as main title sponsor for the sixth consecutive year.

 

“On behalf of Rentokil Initial, I am once again delighted to be associated with this year’s Killarney Historic Rally,” managing director Michael O’Mahoney, said. “The event has grown from strength to strength and is a phenomenal success. Our desire to support the local community and businesses that have supported Rentokil Initial so loyally over the many years is the reason why we are once again involved with Ireland’s most prestigious rally.”

 

The rally is also supported by Cormac Casey of the Killarney Advertiser and the Gleneagle Hotel Group, who have backed the rally for many years and continue as associate sponsors.

 

The event, worth millions to the local economy, will once again be hosted at the Gleneagle Hotel, who are also supplying some great rally accommodation packages throughout the weekend.

 

There will be extensive TV coverage of this year’s event throughout the Christmas period on RTÉ, TG4, Setanta Sports, Motors TV and Sky Sports, by Mick Bracken from ‘On the Limit Sport’.

 

This will be a real Race of Champions and among the main attractions will be World Rally driver Craig Breen, who will be debuting his newly acquired MG Metro 6R4 in Killarney. He’ll also be teaming up once again with Paul Nagle on the notes.

It promises to be a spectacular event.

 

 

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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