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Lancia Atlantic Tour of Kerry this weekend

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The Lancia Motor Club of Ireland will host a two day gathering in Kerry this weekend.

The Lancia Atlantic Tour will take place over the weekend of May 5– 7 and will be based in Tralee, and is supported by AutoGlym Ireland and Contract Flooring Supplies Dublin.

Although the iconic Italian brand last officially sold cars in Ireland in 1995, there is still a small but devoted following for Lancias in Ireland of all ages – from Pre-War cars to much more recent examples.

Over the last few months bookings have been received from all over Ireland and further afield, including a sizeable contingent from the UK.

The main event will take place over stunning roads around the Dingle Peninsula on Saturday while Sunday will visit the North Kerry and East Kerry areas.

“Some very rare and iconic cars are set to appear at the event, from 1930’s Lancia Aprilias to the World Rally Championship dominating Delta Intergrales and many and varied cars in between, including a pair of 1950’s Lancia Aurelias, which introduced many innovations that are now common or even standard on every road car,” said local organiser Tralee-based Cork man Andrew Mulqueen.

“Lancia remain the most successful manufacturer in the World Rally Championship with 10 manufacturers titles, so it is only natural that some of Kerry’s world-famous rally stages are explored over the weekend, including Inch Beach, Conor Pass and Camp Mountain.

“Although not a competitive event the sight Fulvias, Delta Intergrales and all of the diverse range of Lancias that are booked in are relishing the chance to take on these roads, not forgetting the scenery and unique weather.”

The weekend base for events is The Rose Hotel in Tralee

The local organiser Andrew Mulqueen can be contacted on 087 250 5646.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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