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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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