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Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes introduces Lakes RallyFest Ireland

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Preparations for the 40th running of the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes this May Bank Holiday weekend are well underway. Never satisfied with repeating what has gone before, Clerk of the Course Dermot Healy and his team are marking this impressive milestone with many new additions to the event – including the introduction of a pre-1990 section.
The brainchild of Dermot Healy, this new and innovative section will bring a fresh dimension to the event. Confident that it will appeal to a greater audience, the event has elected to give the section its own title – Lakes RallyFest Ireland.
“The rallying years leading up to 1990 included the "golden age" of rallying,” Dermot, explaining the thinking behind Lakes RallyFest Ireland, said.
“Many of these iconic rally cars are alive and well, but many remain out of view from the Irish rally fan.
“The evolution of the rally car through that pre-1990 period shaped the sport we see today. The short-lived Group B era and the birth of Group A spawned some of the most iconic rally cars of a generation and made superstars of the men and women who drove them.”
This era has a place in the hearts of every rally fan, he added.
“Many of these iconic cars are still in frequent competitive use today in international events abroad. Ironically many of them are in Irish ownership, but with no regulations allowing participation on Irish soil they remain garaged away from the public eye.”
Eager to attract Irish and overseas crews alike to participate in Irish events, Dermot, working closely with Motorsport Ireland, the Irish motorsport governing body, set about formulating pre-1990 regulations to allow these cars to participate on Irish stages.
“We are delighted for the first time in Ireland to be able to invite both Irish and International crews to debut their iconic rally cars on our legendary Irish stages, and offer fans an added spectating dimension to the event,” Dermot said.
“Irish along with international crews will offer a real international feel to this relaxed and fun section of the event.”
Rally fans will get a unique opportunity to see these iconic cars transverse over Ireland’s legendary rally stages this May Bank Holiday weekend. The prospect of spectating on the Healy Pass or Moll's Gap will leave lasting memories for crews and fans alike. Limited to 50 crews, they will participate in the Rally of the Lakes untimed. 160 competitive kilometres await the Lakes RallyFest crews over two days, offering fans ample opportunity to see the crews exhibit their cars, many in original livery.
The main event again this year is a round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and the Southern 4 Championship. The event promises to attract leading crews from both the International and National scene seeking the challenges that the Killarney-based event has to offer. This year’s event consists of 240 competitive kilometres, run over some of Ireland’s classic stages, as well as some new sections.
“The combination of the classics with a twist and the new additions will be a welcome challenge for all competitors,” he said. “Keeping the event fresh is what we strive to achieve.”

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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