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MEETING HEROES: Dermot Healy of Killarney and District Motor Club with rally legend Paddy Hopkirk and Cormac Casey of KDMC and KC Print.

 

The Killarney Advertiser’s parent firm KC Print, which is based in Lissivigeen, was one of the prime movers behind Motorsport Ireland’s (MI) debut appearance at Autosport International last weekend.

 

The Irish governing body broke new ground by exhibiting at Europe’s biggest motor racing trade fair in Birmingham.

 

MI’S attendance at the show was made possible by support from a number of motor clubs across the country including Killarney and District Motor Club (KDMC).

 

Over the four days, MI and KDMC officials met with thousands of visitors as they promoted Irish events to international drivers and fans.

 

The visually impressive stand was designed in-house by KC Print’s design team while designers and journalists from Ireland’s biggest trade printers and the Killarney Advertiser were responsible for producing all of the promotional material that was made available to the thousands of fans who visited the show over the four days.

 

“It was a great opportunity for KC Print to show off its capability to an international audience,” KC Print Managing Director, Cormac Casey, who is also a self-confessed motorsport enthusiast, said. “Our print business knows motorsport and we know what motor clubs and organisers are trying to achieve so we are the number one choice when it comes to motorsport promotional material in Ireland. The fact that Motorsport Ireland chose KC Print from its initial design concept to delivering everything to the NEC in Birmingham last weekend proves this.”

 

The purpose of the visit was to encourage more UK and European drivers and fans to attend Irish events over the coming season with both the cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes and The Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally set to be two of the main beneficiaries.

 

The late Russell Brookes was the last overseas driver to win the Rally of the Lakes in 1989.

The same year he became the last foreign driver to win the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship title. This is a statistic that Irish organisers are keen to address.

 

“We came here not knowing what the reaction would be,” said outgoing Rally of the Lakes clerk of the course Dermot Healy. “The reaction has been overwhelming and we have met people from all over Europe. In my opinion, this should become an annual event. We learned a lot.”

 

Visitors to the Motorsport Ireland stand over the four days included rally legend and 1981 World Champion Ari Vatanen, and also 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk who revealed that he has a holiday home in South Kerry and often visites the county.

 

Killarney-based World Rally Championship co-driver Paul Nagle attended on Friday, and London Irish Motor Club secretary John F O’Mahony from Muckross visited on Saturday.

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Killarney girl has an important part to play in Rose Festival

By Michelle Crean A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. Chloe Nott […]

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By Michelle Crean

A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Chloe Nott (7) from Fossa was thrilled to find out that she has been paired with Arizona Rose Sophie Owen.

She’s now super excited as the Festival kicks off tonight (Friday) and is looking forward to being part of the big parades which attract thousands to the streets of Tralee tomorrow (Saturday) and again on Sunday.

“We found out about three weeks ago, she was picked from hundreds from all around the country,” Chloe’s mom Gemma told the Killarney Advertiser.

Last Saturday the Rose Buds came together for the first time in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee where they met the Kerry Rose Édaein O’Connell and received their sashes.

Tonight (Friday) they’ll enjoy a party in the Meadowlands and have a busy weekend meeting and greeting people when they take part in the Festival’s activities including a trip to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

“I’m so excited to meet my Arizona Rose,” Chloe, who is going into Second Class in Fossa National School, said.

Gemma and her husband Eric and son Luke (9) went to Reidys in Killarney to tell Chloe the exciting news.

“My mom gave me a rose and told me I was a Rose Bud. After she told me I was bursting with excitement.”

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Killarney Races celebrates 200 years

Killarney Races celebrated 200 years of racing yesterday during the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run until tomorrow (Saturday) inclusive. Kerry Senior Football Captain […]

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Killarney Races celebrated 200 years of racing yesterday during the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run until tomorrow (Saturday) inclusive.

Kerry Senior Football Captain Sean O’Shea, with a host of fellow teammates and back-room staff, escorted Sam Maguire to the racecourse arriving by jaunting cart to take part in the bi-centenary celebrations.

Racegoers of all ages were thrilled to get up close with the Sam Maguire Cup and our fantastic Kerry football legends.

AugustFest at Killarney Races offers patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse. A special bi-centenary admission package was available on the opening day offering patrons admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20 which went down a treat with punters. With many bringing their jerseys and cameras along to make the most of the double celebrations at the Kerry track.

The first race at Killarney Racecourse was recorded in 1822. In the early days, the meetings were supported by Lord Clanmorris and the Earl of Kenmare, the feature race being the Kenmare Stakes from 1826 to 1830. The current racing venue located at Ross Road held its first race meeting on 20 July 1936 and Ontario was the first ever winner at the track, winning the 1½ mile handicap hurdle, in the hands of jockey Willie O’ Grady.

During the August racing festival, a special commemorative marquee featuring a wonderful collection of memorabilia and photographs from the last 200 years is open to all in attendance for the duration of the festival.

“We celebrated a major milestone here at Killarney Races, two hundred years of racing in Killarney which is amazing,” Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the 200 year celebrations during AugustFest!

With two more fantastic days of racing in store and lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.

Patrons are advised to book online and come along early to enjoy the stunning views, facilities, delicious food, live music on the lawn and soak up the boutique festival atmosphere for which Killarney Races is famous.

Adult tickets and packages are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the punter’s pack is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options. For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.

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