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Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage restore Land Rover 90 for Charity

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The Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage officially launched their restored 1989 Land Rover 90 last Wednesday evening at Dermot Healy Motors, Killarney, giving the Land Rover a whole new lease of life in the name of charity.

Following the success of the club’s Massey Fergusson 135 Tractor, which was fully restored for charity last year and raised an incredible €50,000, the club took on a bigger challenge of an old Land Rover 90 which happens to coincide with Land Rover celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.

The club sourced the old Land Rover through a friend of the club in Cork with the vehicle being off the road since 2002 and with only 82,000 miles on the clock. The vehicle was in good condition except for the bulk head which had a serious rust issue. The chassis and other components were well-maintained but the club decided to do a full and complete dismantle last November when the project began. This included the full galvanising of the chassis and, to give it a modern look, the club adding a sump guard, winch, roof rack, awning and LED lights. A full body spray was carried out to make it a dream machine.

Club Chairman James Looney estimated that it took over 300 hours of voluntary time to complete the restoration, which would not have been possible to complete without the huge support of the club members, sponsors and supporters through all walks of life.  “The project was a great social event for our committee and club members and would like to sincerely thank everyone who got involved with the project,” James added.

Benefitting this year from the proceeds are Down Syndrome Kerry and Recovery Haven Cancer Support Group. To be in with a chance of winning this immaculately restored vehicle, purchase tickets (€10 each) online at www.killarneyvintage.com, directly from both charities and from various outlets. The Land Rover will be at different events throughout the county over the summer months with the draw taking place on November 17 next. If you have any queries, please contact the club secretary on 087 3381842.

Well done to all involved in this worthy project. Such an endeavour takes a huge amount of hard work and no little ingenuity. With two deserving charities set to benefit, we would encourage everyone to show their support and buy a ticket or two.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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