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Kilcummin man has electric idea

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By Sean Moriarty

A Kilcummin man is behind an electric bike project in Dublin that he hopes will change commuting habits in the capital.

Damian Fleming is based in Dublin where is works as an industrial plumber.

He lives in Santry, in the north of the city, but works on large long-term construction projects in the centre.

He had grown increasingly frustrated at the length of time it takes him to get to and from work each day as a bus trip could take anything up to 50 minutes and taking his car is not an option due to the lack of on-site parking.

During the first lockdown, last spring, he found himself with plenty of free time and started to investigate ways to make his daily commute a little easier.

Using his mechanical engineering skills he figured out a way to attach an electric motor to any push bike and started using that for his daily commute.

“I can do the journey now in about quarter of the time, the bus could stop several times on the way in but there is a cycle lane all the way in, so no stopping,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

Buoyed by his own success he investigated ways of turning his new hobby into a small part-time business and has launched Extreme E-Bikes Dublin.

He imports electric motors which can be fitted to any bike and through another contact has access to rechargeable batteries. He is now offering a fit-out service to anyone who wants to convert any bike to electric power.

His products are suitable for the commuter market but more powerful motors are also available for off-road mountain biking.

“I can convert anything from road-legal 250-watt pedal assist bikes to off-road 5000-watt twist-throttle bikes,” he added.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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