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COVID restrictions halt Killarney man’s British Rally Championship plans

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RALLY: Noel O'Sullivan and his driver Osian Pryce pictured after finishing second on the Cambrian Rally in Wales in February. Photo: Russ Ottoway

 

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney co-driver Noel O’Sullivan has accepted that he will not be able to challenge for British Rally Championship honours this year as the result of pandemic related restrictions.

O’Sullivan and his Welsh driver Osian Pryce were lying second in the championship standings after the opening round - the Cambrian Rally - which ran in February.

To date, the Welsh event is the only round to take place this season as the Clonakility Park Hotel West Cork Rally, Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring and Clacton Rally and Today’s Ulster Rally have all been postponed until 2021 due to the virus.

Championship organisers were hopeful that the championship could be saved. They placed substitute event, Wales Rally GB, on the calendar and even made the four-day event a double points scoring rally in an effort to keep the series alive.

However, Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship is the latest high-profile event to get cancelled as a result of Coronavirus related restrictions.

Following the cancellation of Wales Rally GB, which was due to host two rounds of the British Rally Championship, Motorsport UK (Britain’s governing body) decided last week that it will not continue the 2020 championship season.

“Rallying took a back seat over the last few months and the announcement last week was a big disappointment for Osian and I,” said the Muckross man. "But as the weeks passed it was looking more and more likely that the championship wouldn’t run, and it wasn’t a total shock when the news broke. Hopefully it’s not the end of the year for us. Who knows what is around the corner?”

This year’s 76th staging of Rally GB had been due to run from October 29 to November 1 as the penultimate round of the 2020 World Rally Championship and was set to be the concluding two rounds of the British Rally Championship.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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