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Motor club pays respect to “faithful colleague”



Members of Killarney and District Motor Club paid a fitting tribute to their late colleague Mike Falvey who was laid to rest in Churchtown Cemetery yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

Mike passed away last week following a sudden illness.

Mike held many roles in the club and was particularly active if a rally route passed his native Beaufort, Churchtown or Shanera areas.

He is best remembered for his role as a member of the arrowing or stage-set up crew on either the Rally of the Lakes or the Killarney Historic Rally.

“Growing up on the Churchtown stage of the Rally of the Lakes, it was inevitable that Mike and his brothers would become involved in rallying and while Diarmuid and Donal went on to become well known and successful co-drivers, Mike concentrated on the many tasks behind the scenes, without which any rally cannot happen,” said a club tribute statement.

“Mike, following in the footsteps of his first cousin, Podge Moriarty, initially came into the Rally of the Lakes team to take on one of the most difficult, but crucial, roles in any rally, namely the erection of the arrows and other stage signage along the rally route.”

It was a job he took on with unprecedented professionalism and dedication – as he would have said himself: “If it’s worth doing at all it is worth doing right and if you cannot do it right, just leave it after you.”

With his motto firmly at the forefront of club members’ minds, KDMC gave Mike the send-off he deserved.

Over 50 members of the club lined the road from his father Jerry’s house in Cappaganeen to St Mary’s Church Beaufort.

The road from St Mary’s to his final resting place at Churchtown Cemetery was laid out in the same style as a rally stage, each junction correctly numbered and perfectly arrowed as if Mike had done the job himself. Each location was marshalled by members of the club or neighbouring clubs in recognition of his work as Chief Marshall for the Rally of the Lakes.

“Mike’s sudden and unexpected departure at the age of 46 has shocked and saddened all who knew him and has brought home to all of us in KDMC the importance of the role which Mike played during his years as a valued member of both the Rally of the Lakes and the Historic Rally Teams,” added the club statement.

His funeral cortege, which was led by his Citroen van, decked in official rally stage set-up door-panels and driven by his brother John, was another tribute to a man who had done so much for the club over the years.

“It was great to see Killarney and District Motor Club come out in force to show their respects to one of the club’s faithful colleagues,” said Dermot Healy who was one of the organisers of Thursday’s marks of respect. “Over 50 members lined the road from his dad’s house to St Mary’s Church.”

Mike will be missed by his daughter Chloe father Jerry his partner Tanya, brothers John, Diarmuid and Donal, sisters-in-law Siobhán, Máiread and Kelly, nieces, nephew, aunts, cousins, neighbours and many close friends.

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Jessie Buckley to perform live on RTE this Friday 22nd September



This Culture Night, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will present an hour-long live music and arts programme from Dún Lúiche in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht at 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.  

Actress and singer Jessie Buckley has been added to the list of stellar musicians who will perform with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the night. Jessie will perform a special rendition of a Sinéad O’Connor song in tribute to the late artist. 

Jessie commented: “I am very honoured to return to Culture Night 2023 to remember Sinéad O Connor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Sinéad was such a huge influence on so many women in Ireland and across the world, her courage, her mind, her politics and her intense beauty and soul. She was a warrior to humanity. I remember hearing her for the first time and feeling her uncompromising need to connect and affect. Recognising what couldn’t be said and speaking it out loud. I am so grateful for all her fire and all her love. It is such a privilege to return to Ireland for RTÉ Culture Night in Donegal to sing a song of gratitude for Sinéad and her family and friends.” 

Other artists performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra include The Murder Capital, R&B singer and 2FM Rising star Aby Coulibaly and Irish-based Ukrainian musician Olesya Zdorovetska.  

Friday 22nd September, 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player 

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N22 Killarney to Faranfore road further delayed

The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again. Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project […]




The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again.

Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project were identified and were put out to public consultation in May 2021. These have now been whittled down to just one.

It was previously promised that the preferred route would be published late last year.

This dragged on in to the Spring and there is still no sigh of the preferred route being revealed.

A recent Kerry County Council meeting a council official explained that there are further funding requirements to allow the council complete various reports and investigations required before the road can move to its next phase.

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