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Fassbender is all set for Rally of the Lakes

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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.

[caption id="attachment_25429" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] PRESENTATION: Paula Bartlett making a special presentation to Michael Fassbender at Killarney Racecourse in recognition of his participation in the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes 2019. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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