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Nagle’s drivers the star attractions at Déjà Vu charity road run

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The two drivers who gave Paul Nagle his greatest World Rally Championship results will lead a charity road run in Tralee on May 28.

LAUNCH: Mike O'Shea (Killarney and District Motor Club) Jacinta Bradley (Recovery Haven) Alan 'Plum 'Tyndall (Deja Vu Motorsport) Marisa Reidy (Recovery Haven) Pat Slattery (Kerry Motor Club) Cllr Jimmy Moloney (Mayor of Kerry) Sajmir Mucaj (Rose Hotel) and John Daly (Killarney and District Motor Club) at the event launch. Photo: Sean Moriarty

Déjà Vu Tralee will trace the history of motorsport in Kerry as part of Kerry Motor Club’s 50th anniversary. It will also raise funds for Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Helping them do it are some of the biggest names in Irish and International motorsport including World Rally Championship stars Craig Breen and Kris Meeke.

Aghadoe man Nagle guided Meeke to five World Rally Championship event wins between 2015 and 2017.

Breen and Nagle are currently in third place in the 2022 World Rally Championship ahead of next weekend’s Rally Portugal.

“When Kerry Motor Club invited us to become part of their 50th anniversary celebrations we were only too happy to oblige," Déjà Vu founder and internationally renowned co-driver, Dr Beatty Crawford, said.

“They had all the ingredients to help us put on an outstanding Déjà Vu Motorsport event. They have history in tests such as Minard Castle, Slea Head and Conor Pass, special stages that have been used on The Circuit of Ireland and Circuit of Kerry.

“Add in the excellent charity Recovery Haven Kerry, the support of Rentokil Initial, Kerry County Council and Tralee Chamber Alliance, MIS Motorsport Insurance and an excellent venue in The Rose Hotel for our headquarters. The icing on the cake - the unbounding enthusiasm of Kerry Motor Club. On previous Déjà Vu Motorsport events we have brought you the wonders of Killarney, the Antrim North Coast and Donegal. Now, as COVID at last allows us, we can open the door to the Dingle Peninsula, another scenic gem on The Wild Atlantic Way.

Over 150 cars are expected – some of them the finest motorsport cars on this planet, more rare classics out for a once-off drive. They include 30 Fords including an RS 200; 16 Porsches; 14 Minis; 11 Subarus; seven Opels; six Toyotas; five Lancias, Renaults and Sunbeams; four Vauxhalls, BMWs and Audis; three Hillmans, Triumphs and Volkswagens; two MGs, Jaguars, Fiats, Peugeots and Ferraris - yes a 308 and a fabulous F40; and one Mitsubishi, Honda, Nissan, Saab and an Aston Martin.

WHERE TO WATCH

10am – 11.30am The Mall, Tralee
10.20am – 11.50am Castlemaine
10.40am – 12.10pm Inch
11.20am – 12.50pm Dingle
12 noon – 1.30pm Slea Head
2pm – 3.30pm Conor Pass
3pm – 4pm Camp Mountain and Short Mountain
4pm – 6pm Rose Hotel Tralee.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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