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Brexit increases the cost of classic motoring



CONCERNS: Members of Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club, pictured last year, are concerned that Brexit-related costs are making their hobby more expensive.

By Sean Moriarty


Classic car enthusiasts in the Killarney area are counting the cost of Brexit after discovering some hidden pitfalls during this current lockdown phase. Many enthusiasts are using the extra time lockdown has afforded to work on their classic cars.

The 5km travel restriction means that they now, more than ever, source parts or project cars online.

Britain has long been a happy shopping territory for such items mainly because Ireland and Britain are the only two EU countries with right-hand-drive cars.

A study by Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club (KVCVC) member Tom Leslie has revealed how much more expensive sourcing cars and parts in Britain has become since the start of the year.

Using a sample car costing GB£3,950, Tom has confirmed the cost of importing this car has increased by over €900.

For the purpose of the exercise he assumed transport costs (GB£500) remain constant and used the same exchange rate as a year ago. This gave him a base cost of €4,500.

New costs, applicable since the start of January, include a 21 percent VAT rate and a Irish VRT rate of €200 bringing the cost of importing the car to €5,465 compared to the 2020 figure of €4,250. This calculation does not include customs charges that could be imposed at the port of entry.

The same issue applies to parts.

“If you bring in an engine, make sure you have all the paperwork and receipts because the customs could make up the value of it," Tom told the Killarney Advertiser.


Maine Valley Golf Club raises €13,050



Maine Valley Members Golf Club hosted a Comfort for Chemo Golf Fundraiser in memory of Kathy Scannell. The fundraiser was a great success raising €13,050. Clonkeen Forestry Services sponsored the event, and a cheque  was presented to Mary Fitzgerald, Paul McCarthy and Mary Horgan on behalf of Comfort for Chemo.

Maine Valley Members Golf Club and Clonkeen Forestry services would like to thank all those who sponsored T-boxes, golf teams, and those who purchased tickets for the event. They would also like to thank Tom Barry from Killarney Printing for all the print works.


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Dóchas Drama Group’s series of short plays  is go!

The Dóchas Drama Group will run a series of short plays at the Muckross Schoolhouse from December 5 to 7. The group’s annual performance has been switched to the Muckross […]




The Dóchas Drama Group will run a series of short plays at the Muckross Schoolhouse from December 5 to 7.

The group’s annual performance has been switched to the Muckross venue as its traditional base – the ballroom in the Killarney Avenue Hotel is being refurbished.

“If you are fed up with the incessant rain and constant bad news. Do you need a break? Are tired of listening to advice about your Christmas cake recipe? There is a perfect solution,” said the group’s Liz Ryan.

“We will present six short plays and some of the questions you may ask yourself are: 

“Why is Jane suddenly so honest?

“What did happen on December 9. Will Tiffany be promoted? Will Mags eventually find love?

“Can lost love be re-kindled? What do grandparents get up to when they’re babysitting?

For answers to these questions and more, come along to Muckross Schoolhouse on December 5, 6 and 7.”


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