RALLY: Michael Fassbender pictured with Cormac Casey (Event Coordinator, Killarney Advertiser and KC Print), Dermot Healy (Clerk of the Course), Eileen O’Donoghue (Killarney Municipal District Area Officer), Nicola Aherne (cartell.ie), Jonathan McCluskey (cartell.ie), Diarmuid Cronin (KDMC Chairman), Patrick O’Donoghue (Gleneagle Group Managing Director), Paul Sherry (Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President), Paul Nagle, Barry Goodman, Noelle, Evan and Isaac Casey, Mike Moriarty, Diarmuid Lynch, Ger Neeson, Tadgh O’Sullivan, Todd and Peter Falvey, Mike Buckley, Orla and Aoife Griffin. Picture: Eamonn Keogh
By Michelle Crean
Hollywood star and Oscar nominated Michael Fassbender is all set for this year’s Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes – after stopping home to Kerry at the weekend.
The Killarney native is delighted to be part of this year’s special 40th anniversary event, which takes place in three weeks-time over the May Bank Holiday weekend – after being invited to become an ambassador for the rally by Cormac Casey, owner of the Killarney Advertiser and KC Print, 12 months ago.
And Fassbender’s participation is certainly grabbing the headlines in recent weeks, as the actor has twice flown back to Killarney for promotional days with Killarney District and Motor Club (KDMC).
Dermot Healy, Clerk of the Course, this week said that it’s very exciting to have Michael on board this year as it’s generating plenty of positive interest in the event.
“We approached Michael in April last year and he was very excited about getting involved in the sport,” Dermot told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“Further conversations with him led to his actual participation in the event. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to make this opportunity happen for this event. Hopefully we’ll have an enjoyable weekend of motorsport.”
A promotional day on Saturday, hosted by KDMC, which took place at the Gleneagle Hotel, Molls Gap and Killarney Racecourse, provided cars ranging from a Porsche 911, two Ford Escort Mk2s and a Ford Puma S1600.
The Porsche is of particular interest to Michael as he is currently driving with the German marque in the Porsche 911 Cup series.
“The objective was to increase the profile of the event and this is working very well with the community. We got a huge amount of support from the community which we are very grateful for. Hopefully we’ll see Michael on many iconic stages in Killarney in years to come.”
Dermot Healy and his team are expecting a large entry at this year’s event.
“Interest from overseas is a welcome return with the introduction of an Irish Rallying first Lakes Rallyfest Ireland category. Pre-1990 cars will compete in the event reflecting the “Golden Era” of rallying. It promises to be a major crowd pleaser,” he said.
Cormac added that he’s delighted to be a part of this year’s event.
“The Killarney Advertiser is delighted to be an associated sponsor for this year’s event particularly this year for its 40th year,” he said.
Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.
It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.
Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.
As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.
“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.
Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.
Golf club launches Summer Series competition
By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]
By Sean Moriarty
Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.
The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.
Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.
“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”
Investigation continues into New St fire
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.
The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).
It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.
The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.
“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”
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