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Fassbender’s Le Mans diary

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The greatest long distance motor race in the world takes place in France this weekend.

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Fossa’s Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender is contesting the legendary 24 Hour of Le Mans for the second time.

The storied circuit south of the city with its 150,000 inhabitants consists mainly of public roads. Normally, hundreds of trucks and cars drive over the legendary Mulsanne Straight every day on their way from Le Mans to Tours.
The fast Porsche curves are both famous and notorious: high speeds and narrow run-off zones pose special challenges and ensure spectacular race action. The French long-distance classic is regarded as critical for the world championship season:

The World Endurance Championship awards double points for placings at Le Mans – for example, the winner gets 50 instead of 25 world championship points.

Ahead of a very busy weekend Fassbender said: “Le Mans outshines everything. The 24 hours on this demanding route are a single challenge. As a driver, you can't make any mistakes, because it's very difficult to make up for a lost lap. In order to survive in Le Mans, you have to be prepared to push your limits even under the most difficult conditions.”

Friday, 9 June
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Drivers’ parade (city centre)
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Pit walk
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Drivers’ parade (racetrack)

Saturday, 10 June
Midday – 12:15 pm: Warm-up
12:30 pm – 1:10 pm: Parade of 40 legendary Le Mans vehicles
4:00 pm: Start 24 Hours of Le Mans

Sunday, 11 June
4:00 pm: Finish 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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