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Red Bull promotional video catches Killarney at its best

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What must be one of the most unusual videos ever produced in Killarney has been released by Red Bull in an effort to promote the Drift Masters European Championship.

SLIDES: Conor Shanahan drifts his way through the section known locally as 'The Round of Beef'. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

SUPPORTED: Both World Rally Championship co-driver Paul Nagle and Conor Shanahan are Red Bull supported athletes. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

DRIFTING: Conor Shanahan powers his Toyota GT86 passed Derrycunnihy Church. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

The spectacular video shows drifting champion Conor Shanahan driving his Toyota GT86 at seemingly impossible angles on the N71.

The video was shot last month under an official road closing order granted by Kerry County Council.

It was recorded at several well-known locations along the route, including Derrycunnihy Church, Ladies View and Moll’s Gap.

The whole process was done under a shroud of secrecy, only a handful of local motorsport enthusiasts were made aware of the event beforehand and some members of local motor clubs were on hand to marshal proceedings.

The film has been distributed worldwide – drifting is particularly popular in Eastern European countries – and will showcase Killarney and its environs to a very different and new audience.

It is being used as a pre-season promotional video ahead of the opening round of the European Drift Masters Championship which gets underway this weekend in Mondello Park in County Kildare.

“With so many of our incredible fans and drivers patiently waiting for the day when we can finally get back on track, we needed to ensure that once we could do so, we could pull out all the stops to make this season not only the most adrenaline-fuelled, entertainment-filled season we’ve ever pieced together, but also the most competitive season Drift Masters European Championship has ever seen,” said an event spokesperson.

Cork man Shanahan is a designated Red Bull athlete, like Aghadoe-based World Rally Championship co-driver Paul Nagle who was one of the few guests at the event.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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