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Hectic schedule for Paul Nagle

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Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle could contest as many as nine international rallies, in eight different countries, in an 18-week period if the planned full-time resumption of motorsport gets the go ahead across the globe.

The Killarney man and his driver Craig Breen were always supposed to contest the European Rally Championship at the wheel of an MRF Tyres supported Hyundai i30 R5, but their season never got off the ground as Coronavirus restrictions shut the sport down across Europe.

Last week, the FIA, the sport’s world governing body, revealed a revised European Rally Championship calendar taking in seven rescheduled events from Latvia to the Canary Islands.

They will also defend their Ypres Rally, Belgium title and are in line to contest an Italian championship event in early August.

Like all events in the current climate, the programme depends on travel restrictions being fully lifted across Europe and other pandemic related regulations.

“We have a full schedule and all we can do now is prepare as if that is what is happening,” Nagle said. “But all this can change in a minute.”

Their first ERC outing is the Rally di Roma Capitale on the weekend of July 24-26. They plan to return to Italy for the following weekend’s Alba Rally, an Italian event that the Hyundai Motorsport team is contesting in force and will drive a factory-supported i30 R5 car in this rally.

Rally Latvia is set for August 14-16 and this is followed by the Czech Republic’s Barum Rally Zlin from August 28-30.

Originally scheduled for late March as the opening round of the 2020 ERC, the Azores Rally will now take place from September 17-18 as round four of the revised season.

Before Breen and Nagle tackle the fifth round, the Cyprus Rally on October 16-18, they will defend their (non-championship) Ypres Rally title in Belgium on the first weekend of October.

Rally Hungary, on November 7 and 8, will mark the penultimate round of the restructured championship which will conclude with May’s rescheduled Rally Islas Canarias on the last weekend in November.

Nagle and Breen’s current schedule does not include potential World Rally Championship outings. The FIA is due to release a revised calendar, today (Friday), and the Kerry/Waterford pairing are hopeful of further WRC outings once the schedule of events is confirmed.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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