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Motoring enthusiasts in Kerry will have plenty of events to keep them occupied over the festive period.

 

Tomorrow Friday (December 27) the annual Reindeer Run classic car run will set off from Ashe’s Bar in Camp and will follow a route along the Dingle Peninsula before returning to

[caption id="attachment_29417" align="alignleft" width="300"] COUNTY CHAMPION: Paul Nagle, with his sponsor Michael O'Mahoney and driver Craig Breen at the finish ramp of the Rally of the Lakes in May. Nagle will collect his County Championship medal on Saturday night next (December 28). Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

the popular venue later that evening. The run gets underway at 11am and all vehicles are welcome.

 

“The more unusual the vehicle, the better,” said organiser Martin Quirke.

 

Motorsport enthusiasts in the county will be out in force on Saturday night (December 28) as the annual awards do for the Moriarty’s Centra ‘Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship’ takes place in The Anvil Bar in Keel. Tralee driver Darren Young and Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle will be main award winners on the night.

 

Championship organisers will also present the Paudie Casey Trophy Cup to the person or persons who have gone beyond the call of duty during the 2019 season in the county.

 

“The winner of this award is a closely guarded secret but I can assure that this year’s recipient is more than deserving,” said championship sponsor Mike Moriarty. “If you want to find out who the winner is you need to be in The Anvil on Saturday night.”

 

There are two very different events taking place, at opposite ends of the county, on Sunday (December 29).

 

Tralee Racecourse will host a fun rally sprint event for rally cars and racing buggies in memory of Denis O’Brien, one of the best-known Kerry rally competitors who died suddenly after an illness earlier this year.

 

International rally driver, the late Russel Brookes who died in October, will be remembered with a classic car run in his name on the same day. This run will follow famous Circuit of Ireland and Rally of the Lakes stages, roads the British champion rated as the best in the world.

 

“This event is for anyone in the South Kerry and West Cork areas over Christmas, a very special car run has been organised from Helen’s Bar in Kilmackillogue, which was one of Russell's favourite pitstops right in the middle of one of Ireland’s best rally stages where he used to relax with friends old and new,” said organiser Sean Hurley, who is one of those friends. “We put this event together to bring your rally, classic, vintage or road car through the classic Healy Pass, Cods Head, Ardgroom and Kilmackillogue stages which Russell knew and loved so well. It is a non-competitive run on open roads, for any make or model, all in Russell's honour.”

 

 

 

 

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Killarney girl has an important part to play in Rose Festival

By Michelle Crean A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. Chloe Nott […]

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By Michelle Crean

A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Chloe Nott (7) from Fossa was thrilled to find out that she has been paired with Arizona Rose Sophie Owen.

She’s now super excited as the Festival kicks off tonight (Friday) and is looking forward to being part of the big parades which attract thousands to the streets of Tralee tomorrow (Saturday) and again on Sunday.

“We found out about three weeks ago, she was picked from hundreds from all around the country,” Chloe’s mom Gemma told the Killarney Advertiser.

Last Saturday the Rose Buds came together for the first time in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee where they met the Kerry Rose Édaein O’Connell and received their sashes.

Tonight (Friday) they’ll enjoy a party in the Meadowlands and have a busy weekend meeting and greeting people when they take part in the Festival’s activities including a trip to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

“I’m so excited to meet my Arizona Rose,” Chloe, who is going into Second Class in Fossa National School, said.

Gemma and her husband Eric and son Luke (9) went to Reidys in Killarney to tell Chloe the exciting news.

“My mom gave me a rose and told me I was a Rose Bud. After she told me I was bursting with excitement.”

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Killarney Races celebrates 200 years

Killarney Races celebrated 200 years of racing yesterday during the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run until tomorrow (Saturday) inclusive. Kerry Senior Football Captain […]

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Killarney Races celebrated 200 years of racing yesterday during the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run until tomorrow (Saturday) inclusive.

Kerry Senior Football Captain Sean O’Shea, with a host of fellow teammates and back-room staff, escorted Sam Maguire to the racecourse arriving by jaunting cart to take part in the bi-centenary celebrations.

Racegoers of all ages were thrilled to get up close with the Sam Maguire Cup and our fantastic Kerry football legends.

AugustFest at Killarney Races offers patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse. A special bi-centenary admission package was available on the opening day offering patrons admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20 which went down a treat with punters. With many bringing their jerseys and cameras along to make the most of the double celebrations at the Kerry track.

The first race at Killarney Racecourse was recorded in 1822. In the early days, the meetings were supported by Lord Clanmorris and the Earl of Kenmare, the feature race being the Kenmare Stakes from 1826 to 1830. The current racing venue located at Ross Road held its first race meeting on 20 July 1936 and Ontario was the first ever winner at the track, winning the 1½ mile handicap hurdle, in the hands of jockey Willie O’ Grady.

During the August racing festival, a special commemorative marquee featuring a wonderful collection of memorabilia and photographs from the last 200 years is open to all in attendance for the duration of the festival.

“We celebrated a major milestone here at Killarney Races, two hundred years of racing in Killarney which is amazing,” Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the 200 year celebrations during AugustFest!

With two more fantastic days of racing in store and lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.

Patrons are advised to book online and come along early to enjoy the stunning views, facilities, delicious food, live music on the lawn and soak up the boutique festival atmosphere for which Killarney Races is famous.

Adult tickets and packages are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the punter’s pack is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options. For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.

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