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Forestry rally a huge success for KDMC

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Diarmuid Lynch and Eleanor Looney had the honour of being the first all-Killarney and District Motor Club crew to finish Sunday’s Castleisland-based Forestry Rally.

They won the James O’Rourke Memorial Trophy, presented by the O’Rourke family from Brosna in memory of James who died in a road traffic accident while returning from a forestry rally in Cork about 20 years ago.

This was only Eleanor’s third rally as a co-driver.

The rally was run to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance and was jointly sponsored by Wharton Tool Hire and Castleisland Tyre Centre.

A huge team of KDMC members worked tirelessly over the last two months to get the rally off the ground.

“A huge thank you to everyone involved. The feedback I got from competitors was unbelievable. They all had a mighty day,” said Clerk of the Course Adrian Cronin.

“The team that rowed in behind me was the key to the day's success. Each and every one of them deserve every bit of credit that KDMC has received.”

Other locals to do well in the event included Rathmore schoolteacher Declan Casey and his driver Hugh McQuaid who won the overall Two-Wheel driver rally.

Mike O’Donoghue and Padraig Dineen were third in Class 4 in their Mitsubishi Lancer E8.

London-based Shane Buckley guided Tipperary driver Casey Jay Coleman to second in Class 2 in what was their first time working together.

Event sponsor Cyril Wharton and co-driver Donal Falvey had to rely on SuperRally rules to get to the finish after the turbo failed in their Subaru Impreza on their road section to the opening stage.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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