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Over 400 people attend motor club charity event

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Over 400 people attended a special event in Killarney Racecourse on Saturday evening to raise funds for the Jack and Jill Foundation.

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Champion Rally Driver Mickie Galvin member of Killarney District and Motor Club at the Prodrive celebration charity night at the Killarney Racecourse. . Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Local rally drivers and co-drivers Robert Duggan Martin O'Riordan Joe O'Leary Noel O'Sullivan abd Mikie Galvin at the Prodrive celebration charity night at Killarney Racecourse.Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Members of Killarney District and Motor Club at the Prodrive celebration charity night at the Killarney Racecourse. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Stalwarts Pat Healy left and Pat O'Sullivan members of Killarney District and Motor Club at the Prodrive celebration charity night at the Killarney Racecourse. All proceeds were donated to the Jack and Jill Foundation which provides support and special care to children across the country. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Organised by Killarney and District Motor Club’s new youth forum called KDMC2, the night celebrated Prodrive’s connection with the Rally of the Lakes.

A selection of the British firm's cars including several Rally of the Lakes event-winning Subarus and BMWs were on display outside Killarney Racecourse all day Saturday ahead of a question and answers session with star drivers on the main stage later that evening.

Stars included 2003 World Rally Championship-winning co-driver Phil Mills who spoke about his early career and his first visit to Killarney 40 years ago.

Under the watchful eye of MC Alan ‘Plum’ Tyndal, the voice of the famous RPM Motorsport television programmes, other drivers like Kenny McKinstry, Eugene Donnelly, Gary Jennings, Denis Cronin, and Alastair Fisher shared their stories of their times in Killarney.

Former WRC co-driver and local man Paul Nagle spoke about his early memories of Prodrive cars competing in Killarney and recalled how the late Bertie Fisher recorded the first sub-ten minute time on Moll’s Gap in a Prodrive-built Subaru in the mid-1990s.
Siobhan Reen, the local Jack and Jill Foundation nurse, spoke about the great work that organisation does too.

The night was not all about the past either, KDMC2 is all about fostering youth within the club and several newcomers gave an insight into the future of the sport.

They included club member Meabh Griffin, better known for her volunteer work within the club, who has recently taken up co-driving and Galway’s Aoife Raftery, who is a member of the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy and the first Irish woman to commit to the FIA European Rally Championship since Rosemary Smith 50 years ago.

“What a fantastic night with a huge crowd turning up in the end to see some of the most valuable and spectacular Prodrive Subaru and BMW WRC and Group A rally cars in the world,” said Killarney and District Motor Club’s chairman Thomas Randles.

“We must congratulate our club vice chairman Mike O’Shea and all the KDMC members involved but especially Mike for the massive effort he put into getting all these drivers and cars down to Killarney this weekend. It was an extraordinary achievement and it will be hard to match but I know in KDMC it will happen again.The positive feedback is brilliant for our club.”

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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