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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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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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