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Killarney Advertiser and KC Print continue to support the Killarney Historic Rally

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The Killarney Advertiser and KC Print are, once again, supporting the Towers Hotel and Leisure Centre’s Killarney Historic Rally this weekend.

The event is always a fantastic celebration of classic cars and rich rally heritage in the Killarney area.

The Towers Hotel and Leisure Centre (part of the ODR Collection) was officially announced as the event’s headline sponsor last month and will be the main headquarters for this year's event.

The rally will officially commence with a ceremonial start on Friday night between 7-8.30 pm outside The Killarney Plaza Hotel (a member of the ODR Collection of hotels).

The traditional town centre start ramp, which is another highlight of the Christmas in Killarney Festival, will be placed directly outside the town centre hotel.
A number of stages will follow over the weekend including an exciting night-time stage which has been reintroduced for the first time in many years. Full details of rally stages can be found in the programme which is now on sale in the majority of local outlets.

Cormac Casey, owner of KC Print Group and the Killarney Advertiser has a long-standing tradition of supporting all events that Killarney and District Motor Club run throughout the year and this year's Killarney Historic Rally is no different.

To the frustration of the Killarney Advertiser and KC Print teams, Cormac has been a difficult man to get a hold of the past two weeks as he puts many of his business interests on hold to ensure the event is well looked in terms of their print, signage and branding needs. We did however manage to catch him between jobs for a quick few words.

"KC Print Group and the Killarney Advertiser are proud supporters of the local community and is committed to promoting events that bring people together. The Historic Rally is a perfect example of this commitment. Since the running of the first event, in 1996, the Killarney Advertiser has been proudly promoting the event locally, in fact, KC Print produced the very first event programme under the guidance of the, then Clerk of the Course and founder of the event, the late Maurice Nagle,” he said.

"Many Killarney locals may not realise it but this event has gained legendary status in the rallying community, with all credit going to the organisers and the town of Killarney which hosts it."

In addition to the rally itself, there will be a number of other other activities taking place throughout the weekend culminating with the finish ramp outside the Plaza Hotel around 6 pm Saturday and prizegiving ceremony at the Killarney Avenue later that evening.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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