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Motor Cub Gears Up For Rally Of The Lakes

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Cartell.ie Killarney Rally of the Lakes

Killarney & District Motor Club, organisers of the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes, have announced details of this year’s event which will take place over the May bank holiday weekend (May 4–6).

The Rally of the Lakes is one of the largest sporting events in Killarney attracting visitors and crews from all corners of the country. The event is the highlight of the Irish rallying calendar and is counted as rounds of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, PlasticBags.ie Southern 4 Rally Championship and the Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship.

This year the event celebrates its 40th Anniversary with Killarney businessman Dermot Healy taking on the role of COC for his sixth year. Dermot, who is very much known in the town of Killarney for his incredible voluntary and charity work, has put together a strong organising committee and operations are well under way.

“The demanding, technical and challenging route stages are the most famous classic route of stages available and these stages should test each competitor to their full ability,” Dermot explained. “While also maintaining the unique classic stages that the Rally of the Lakes is renowned for worldwide, our main aim is to bring the Rally back in and around the Killarney town area and we have achieved this with our Sunday loop of stages.”

Once again for their ninth consecutive year Ireland’s leading vehicle history record company Cartell.ie returns as the main title sponsor of the Rally of the Lakes 2018. Additional backing will be provided by the Killarney Advertiser, Ordnance Survey Ireland and the Gleneagle Hotel Group, who have been supporters of the Rally of the Lakes for many years and continue as associate sponsors.

The Rally of the Lakes is firmly established as one of Ireland’s premier rally events and it gives a major boost to the businesses of the town and the local economy. TV coverage alone is beamed to 38 countries with an estimated 30 million household subscribers. Dermot remarked: “This exposure is fantastic for Killarney and the Rally of the Lakes and it hugely increases our attraction as an international event for competitors and spectators to enjoy”.

Features of this year’s event include:

  • Official Rally Launch on Sunday, April 15 at the Brehon Hotel
  • Total of 16 of Ireland’s classic stages such as: Molls Gap, Beallaghbeama, Cods Head & Ardgroom
  • 240 km of stage competition
  • Centralised service each day

The three-day event will begin with a ceremonial start in Killarney’s town centre at 7pm on Friday, May 4. Plans are at an advanced stage to create a motorsport festival on the streets of Ireland’s most famous town.

The real action will commence early on Saturday morning with the iconic Molls Gap, followed by the Tim Healy Pass and centralised service in Castletownbere Pier. Then it’s time to head out on the famous stages of Cods Head and Ardgroom with a repeat run over the Healy Pass and into service for a well-deserved break. Cods Head and Ardgroom are repeated and a blast through the Kilmakilloge harbour stage to finish off the day.

Sunday Morning starts with Molls Gap once again, followed by the mountainous Beallaghbeama Pass, then into service at Liebherr Container cranes in Killarney. This loop of Molls Gap and Beallaghbeama Pass is repeated with the inclusion of a new version of the fast-flowing Shanera stage called Brook Hill. It’s into service once again before heading out to the spectator friendly loop of Rossanean, Brook Hill and Rossanean again as the final stage. The crews will arrive back to the finishing ramp at the Rally Headquarters, The Gleneagle Hotel, at 5.30pm for celebrations and champagne.

The May bank holiday weekend is near and the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes is the place to be.

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The late Peggy O’Callaghan was a founder of Kilcummin Scor

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week. Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7. Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week.

Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7.

Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the music and drama arm of the local GAA club.

“It afforded the opportunity to females to participate in club activities long before ladies’ football was initiated and it brought many people into the club, many of whom remained involved in different capacities over the years,” said a club statement.

“She has left us a wonderful legacy and will be remembered fondly by those lucky enough to have met her.”

Peggy will be sadly missed by her husband Michael, sons Diarmuid and Shane, daughters-in-law Trisha and Áine, grandchildren Dara, Caoimhe, Donnacha, Siún and Éabha, brothers Seánie and Frank, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

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Surprise: Details of town-centre inner relief road revealed

By Sean Moriarty Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District. Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District.

Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase order on lands that will link the two town centre streets.

If plans come to fruition it will be possible for motorists on New St to get to the top of High St, adjacent to the Killarney Advertiser’s town centre office, without travelling through the town centre. The plan was first mooted as far back as 2016.

The announcement caught councillors off guard, it was one of the last topics discussed at the four-hour meeting, but it was broadly welcomed by all.

“This access will change the dynamic of traffic movement in the town forever,” said Cllr Niall Kelleher.

Further details of the surprise project are set to be revealed to elected members over the next four to six weeks.

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