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Breen and Nagle to defend Historic Rally title in special car

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Craig Breen has coaxed Paul Nagle out of retirement for next month’s Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally.

Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney with Kerry MaryJo Aaron and Michelle O'Mahoney at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Garda Danny O'Mahony Liam Cronin (Deputy Clerk of the Course) Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney Diarmuid Lynch Inspector Gary Carroll Anthony O'Connor (Clerk of the Course) Paul Nagle and Dan Keane (Chairman Killarney and District Motor Club) at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Dermot Healy Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney Patrick O'Donoghue (Gleneagle Group MD) and Diarmuid Lynch at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney centre with brothers Charlie and John Hickey at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Killarney and District Motor Club will host the event on Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Conlaoch Kelleher at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Bob Moran Denis Cronin Noel O'Sullivan Junior and Noel O'Sullivan Senior at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Popular rally drivers Charlie Hickey Killarney and Tommy Randles Kilgarvan at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Tommy Randles Kevin O'Donoghue Deputy Danny Healy Rae TD and Charlie Hickey at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

entokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney and Anthony O'Connor (Clerk of the Course) with Inspector Gary Carroll Dan Keane (Chairman Killarney and District Motor Club) Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher Deputy Danny Healy Rae TD Garda Danny O'Mahony and members of Killarney and District Motor Club at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Killarney and District Motor Club will host the event on Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

John Murphy Pat Walsh Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney Ted O'Gorman and Aodh Lynch at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

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Cyril Wharton Ted O'Gorman and Diarmuid Cronin at the launch of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo:Eamonn Keogh

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The Aghadoe man made the announcement at the rally’s official launch at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney on Sunday.

In October Nagle announced his retirement from the World Rally Championship.

He was in Japan this week to complete the handover to Breen’s new co-driver James Fulton and returned to Ireland on Sunday just in time for the launch.

The 2021 event winners will drive the Ford Sierra Cosworth that Frank Meagher drove to victory in the 1992 Circuit of Ireland Rally.

The late Tipperary driver was Breen’s childhood rally hero and he recently completed a full restoration of the Sierra.

The Killarney rally will be the car’s first appearance since the restoration.

“We are looking forward to going out for a big battle with some local drivers," Nagle said.

Killarney and District Motor Club confirmed at the launch that it had received 230 entries for the 150 available spaces.

Sunday’s launch was attended by several dignitaries including TD Danny Healy Rae and Niall Kelleher who is the Mayor of the Killarney Municipal District and president of the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

“This event is a great advertisement for Killarney; the exposure it gives and the much-needed business at a quieter time of the year," Mr Kelleher said.

"To those visiting our town please do enjoy yourselves."

Echoing those words Healy-Rae said: “This is a great event for the town of Killarney, coming at the dead end of the year, and it gives great exposure for the County of Kerry.”

Club chair Dan Keane welcomed the politicians’ support for the rally.

“It is hugely important that elected officials recognise the importance of motorsport in Ireland,” he said.

Garda Gary Carroll of the Kerry Roads Policing Division was there to bring a road safety message to the large group of rally fans who attended the event.

“Keep the race in the place,” he said. “This is a wonderful event and adds to the town of Killarney and County Kerry.”

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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