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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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