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KDMC crew hoping for Scottish success

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By Padraig Reddington,

This weekend’s Jim Clark Rally in the Scottish Borders marks the mid-point of Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin’s combined 2024 British Rally Championship and Irish Tarmac Rally Championship campaign.

While the Killarney and District Motor Club crew lead the Tarmac series in their Ford Fiesta Rally 2, they have had a troubled start to the British Championship, and lie eighth in the standings, 32 points off the lead, following the opening two rounds.
A strong result in Scotland would provide a timely boost to their British challenge and could prove crucial to the ultimate determination of the title battle, one that Cronin has won on four previous occasions.
“We haven’t had the greatest of starts to the BRC, between punctures and mechanical issues, the North West Stages Rally and the Severn Valley didn’t go well, so we could do with a clean run this weekend,” said Cronin.
“The points situation doesn’t appear great, but it’s not as bad as it looks, There’s two rounds gone, with four more to go, and the best five results of the season count towards the total. Each leg of Rali Ceredigion at the end of the summer represents a separate scoring opportunity, and the final round, the Cambrian Rally, is worth points-and-a-half, so there’s five scoring opportunities left, and the last two events are effectively worth three and half rallies.
“Hopefully we’ll be in the shake-up at the end of the year, but whoever the contenders will be, I expect that the championship won’t be decided until the final stage of the final rally.”
Chris Ingram, winner of the North West Stages, currently leads the standings on 42 points.
He is followed by William Creighton, who finished second on the North West and Severn Valley rallies, on 38, while Severn Valley victor Osian Pryce occupies third place on the leaderboard, with 27 points.
The Jim Clark Rally, named after the two-time Formula One World Champion, Indianapolis 500 winner, and Duns’ most famous son, gets underway on Friday evening, with the Langton Mill spectator stage, which features a watersplash within its short layout.

The next test, Abbey St. Bathans, is the longest of the rally, at 16 kilometres, and this is followed by Blackadder, which is just over 11km in length.
After Service in Duns, this loop will be repeated as darkness falls, and the crews will return to the headquarters town from around 10pm onwards.

Saturday’s action consists of four stages repeated, with Langton Mill again opening the loop. The rest of quartet, Edrom, Ayton and Fogo, are all in the region of seven miles long.
The winners’ champagne celebrations will take place in Duns Square at approximately 2.20pm.
“I like the Jim Clark Rally, I usually seem to go well there, so hopefully things will go well again this time around,” said Cronin, who won the event in 2012 and 2022, and finished second last year to World Rally Championship driver, Adrien Fourmaux.

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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