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Busy festive season for motoring fans




Busy festive season for motoring fans


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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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 […]




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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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]



Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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