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O’Sullivan gets late call up to Rally of the Lakes alongside third seed

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Muckross co-driver Noel O’Sullivan has secured a late drive with one of the Rally of the Lakes hot favourites.

O’Sullivan has enjoyed an international career in recent years, only last weekend he won the opening round of the British Rally Championship alongside Osian Pryce in a Volkswagen Polo.

Indeed, the pair finished runner-up in last year’s BRC. Prior to that O’Sullivan was on the World Rally Championship trail with Northern Ireland’s Jon Armstrong.

As a result one of the area’s top co-drivers has not competed on his home event since 2017 when he finished fourth alongside Sam Moffett in a Ford Fiesta.

That will change on Saturday morning. He has been signed up by Callum Devine, the third seed for the event. Devine finished third overall in Killarney the last time the event ran in 2019 in a Ford Fiesta. This time they will drive a similar Polo to the one O’Sullivan competes in on BRC rounds.

“It is so long I will need a map to get around,” he joked. “Anyone in the top four of five can win this – who knows? I am just excited to get a chance to compete at home. It’s been a while.

Shane Buckley is another local co-driver in the top ten. He is alongside Daniel Cronin in another Polo.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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