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New sponsors announced for Rally of the Lakes




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 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 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.


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, 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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Eight month wait for a driving test in Killarney

A Killarney councillor is calling for action in an effort to reduce the driving test wait list in Killarney The current wait list for a test in Killarney sits at […]




A Killarney councillor is calling for action in an effort to reduce the driving test wait list in Killarney

The current wait list for a test in Killarney sits at eight months.

Cllr John O’Donoghue raised the issue at Monday’s full meeting of Kerry County Council.

He proposed that driving instructors should be employed to carry out the final test to reduce the current backlog.

At Monday’s meeting he asked that hat Kerry County Council would write to the Minister for Transport to ask him to consider giving driving instructors temporary powers to issue a temporary Driving Licence/Certificate of Competence to those on the waiting list for tests.

“The wait is currently far too long and the system is in danger of becoming completely overwhelmed,” he said.

“The huge waiting list for young drivers is well documented at this stage. In a case I am familiar with, a young person passed their theory test in January 2022 and he immediately applied for his mandatory 12 driving lessons. When these were completed, he applied for his driving test on the 2nd of December 2022. Some weeks ago, he still had not received an application to apply for his driving test. This wait is placing him and his family under considerable extra cost and stress which is completely unacceptable.”

In the course of his research into the matter Cllr O’Donoghue discovered that the next available date for a driving test in Killarney is May 25, 2024, while Tralee is June 3 2024.

“Bear in mind, these are only the dates on which you receive an invitation to book your test, the test itself will then be an estimated three to five weeks later.

“This is an appalling situation and one which needs to be rectified as a matter of urgency. I am proposing that driving instructors, which presumably are fully trained up on the rules of the road, be granted temporary powers to be allowed to issue temporary driving licences to young people. When the waiting list time has been reduced, I would still propose that these people sit the test as usual, but the current pressure needs to be alleviated as soon as possible. There is precedent as I believe that in the 1970s, a cohort in this country were issued driving licences without having sat a test as the wait time for the test was too long.”


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Ballymac charity vintage run on October 1

The Ballymac Vintage Club is hosting a classic car, tractor and Honda 50 run on October 1. The run will leave from and return to the Halfway Bar, Ballymac. Registration […]




The Ballymac Vintage Club is hosting a classic car, tractor and Honda 50 run on October 1.

The run will leave from and return to the Halfway Bar, Ballymac.

Registration begins at 9:30am and sets off at 11am.

“There will be two separate routes with one for tractors and the other for cars and motorbikes. Proceeds on the day are in aid of Castleisland Day Care Centre and we’ll have plenty of spot prizes to giveaway too in the morning,” said the club’s PRO Kieran Glover.


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