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It is a special occasion for Noel O’Sullivan Sr, father of the rally’s top seed, as the Muckross man will start his 40th Rally of the Lakes out of 43 editions.

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His co-driver Nicholas Burke will be alongside the 30th time and the organisers have allocated the Ford Escort Mk2 crew door number 40 to mark the occasion.

Noel O’Sullivan Jr and his driver Callum Devine are aiming for a hattrick of Rally of the Lakes victories this weekend.

The winners of the Rally of the Lakes for the past two years, and reigning Tarmac champions, are seeded at one in their Volkswagen Polo GTi R5.

The Derry/Kerry crew prepared for the event by finishing second on Saturday’s Maiden City Rally, Devine’s home rally, but that was a short six-stage sprint and the Rally of the Lakes, over two days features, 14 demanding stages.

The Rally of the Lakes opens with the iconic Molls Gap stage on Saturday morning - the famous test between Killarney and Kenmare features just once on the itinerary this year.

Two loops of The Healy Pass, Cod's Head and Ardgroom follow during the day, with Service in Castletownbere after each run over the Healy Pass.

The final stage of the day is Kilmackillogue before the crews head back to Killarney for the overnight halt.

Sunday's action is in the Rathmore and Gneeveguilla areas, east of Killarney, and features six stages in all, consisting of two loops of Gortnagane, Meentoges and Ballintourig, with one service in the middle of the day, at the Liebherr Container Crane factory in Fossa.

“I can't thank the dedicated team at Killarney and District Motor Club enough for their support over the last few months,” said CLerk of the Course Cormac Casey.

“We have the entry, we have the stages, we have the crowds coming, now all we need is a bit of fine weather to make it a perfect weekend.”

Devine and O’Sullivan will be followed over the Start Ramp in Killarney town centre on Friday evening by Killarney and District Motor Club members Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin in their Ford Fiesta Rally 2.

With two wins achieved so far this year on the Galway International and West Cork rallies, plus a second-place finish recorded on the Circuit of Ireland, Cronin, and Galvin head to their native southwest this weekend for the Assess Ireland International Rally of the Lakes as leaders of the 2024 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.

Mike Neligan (Knocknagoshel) and John Hurley (Tralee) are also celebrating 40 years of motorsport. Their first rally was the 1984 Rally of the Lakes.

Ken O'Neill and Ronald Riordan will contest their first rally together in six years in a newly acquired class 13 Ford Escort.
Killarney and District Motor Club chairman Thomas Randles will have Darragh Lynch as co-driver for the first time. Darragh’s father Diarmuid was Randles’ regular co-driver for many years.

Three sets of local brothers are entered in the rally. Charlie Hickey will be co-driven by his daughter Charlene while his brother John will be co-driven by his daughter Michelle.
Fossa-based Sam Leach will drive a Honda Civic for the second time and his brother Robert is making the trip from Wexford to compete.
Ken O’Neill’s brother Raymond is also competing in an Escort.

The O’Donoghue family is well-represented on the entry list too. Colin is the top seed in his Escort, his father Kevin will drive a BMW M3, and his father-in-law Tadgh O’Sullivan is out in another Escort as is Colin’s brother-in-law Kevin Kelleher.

Killarney-based Tipperary woman Louise Bourke is making her rally debut in a Reen’s of Rathmore-supported Peugeot 208. She is competing in the junior element of the rally which takes place across all six of the Sunday stages.

Keith O'Connor and Niall Myers are the top local seeds in the Junior Rally in a Honda Civic- they start at J6.

Defending Moriarty’s Central Car Sales Kingdom of Kerry Rally Champions Dave Slattery and Denis Coffey face a race against time to make the start line. They were waiting on a new gearbox ahead for their Ford Escort Mk2 after they failed to finish the recent Birr Rally.

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Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]

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This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:- https://eventmaster.ie/event/dW04CnGSwV

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]

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BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.

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