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New sponsors announced for Rally of the Lakes

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Killarney and District Motor Club has announced new sponsors for the 2022 International Rally of the Lakes.

The rally will have three-title sponsors for the 2022 edition of the event, with Rentokil Initial and Aherns.ie Motor Group joining the The Gleneagle Hotel and Apartments for the first time. Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) continue as associate sponsors.

The 2022 International Rally of the Lakes, scheduled for April 29 to May 1 will comprise of 15 stages in a mix of classic Killarney tests and some brand new roads that will be revealed closer to the event.

"I am thrilled to now also be associated with the Rally of the Lakes, especially, given that the Rentokil Initial brand is already indelibly embedded in the Killarney Historic Rally. It’s further example of how a global brand can act locally,” said Michael O'Mahoney, Managing Director of Rentokil Initial.

It is also the first time Aherns Motor Group have come on board as associate sponsors for the rally of the Lakes.

The Castleisland-based garage has been a long-time supporter of the event and brothers Pat and Paul Ahern are both former entrants.

Paul is Head of Business with Aherns.ie Motor Group.

“We are a local company based in Castleisland and are grateful for the support our customers have given us over the years. We have been involved in the rally for many years as competitors, stage sponsors and programme sponsors so it is great to now support the event as official sponsors as all the brands we represent, including SEAT and Mazda, have a rich history in motorsport. BMW and Opel have also won previous Rally of the Lakes and many of our customers get great enjoyment from the event also. Huge thanks has to go to the motor club for getting the Lakes back on the road and I’m sure they will make this year's rally one of the best yet,” he said.

The Gleneagle Group has been involved in the rally since its inception in 1979.

"After a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted to welcome the rally back to the Gleneagle and the town of Killarney. It has been a challenging number of years for everybody and the May Bank Holiday Weekend was not the same without the Rally of the Lakes being ran in the town. Clerk of the Course Darren McCormick and his team are busy planning the event and I would like to wish them all the best as the event begins to take shape,” said Patrick O'Donoghue, MD of The Gleneagle Hotel.

SPECIAL YEAR

This edition will mark a special year for the event, as it's the first time a second generation Clerk of the Course takes charge.

Darren McCormick, whose father Gary McCormick previously took charge of the event, said: "After two years with no rallying due to the pandemic, it is fantastic to be able to welcome our new sponsors Rentokil Initial and Ahern's Motor Group on board along with our long-term sponsors The Gleneagle Hotel and Ordnance Survey Ireland as sponsors of the 2022 International Rally of the Lakes. Plans are well underway for this year's event where we have decided to choose a compact route with stages in close proximity to Killarney, taking in some of the most challenging classic stages along with adding new stages over the two-day event with centralised service each day.

Killarney and District Motor Club Chairman Dan Keane added that he's grateful to Darren and his team for their hard work so far in what is shaping up to be a fantastic event.

"I would also like to thank Rentokil Initial, Aherns.ie Motor Group, The Gleneagle Hotel and OSI who, in extremely challenging times, have generously sponsored the event. I look forward to welcoming everyone back to Killarney on the May Bank Holiday.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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