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Remembering Rosemary Smith




By Mike Marshall

“It is a funny thing that in my 50 years of rallying and racing all over the world it is not the wins I think of but the funny things that happened before, during and after the events”.

These were the opening words of the interview which Rosemary Smith gave to Michael O’Mahoney when he was gathering material for Icons of Irish Rallying his brilliant publication of human-interest stories collected from over seventy men and women who have been part of the Irish motorsport scene from the mid-1960s to recent times.

Michael got to know Rosemary and her long-time co-driver Pauline Gullick during his years in Dublin and through his company sponsored several Pauline’ appearances on the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally as co-driver with the great Jim McRae.

While Rosemary had of course rallied on the Killarney stages years earlier in her time with various works teams on the Circuit of Ireland, it was not until 1992 that she made her one and only appearance in the Rally of the Lakes.

That entry was brought about through the efforts of Joe Foley, a larger than life character who with a number of fellow glass blowers and cutters had set up Tipperary Crystal near Carrick-on- Suir, after the world famous Waterford Crystal had closed its doors.

Joe was a rally enthusiast and thanks to him many motor clubs were able to present beautiful crystal glass trophies which would have been far beyond the club’s budget were it not for the exceptional discounts provided by Joe.

In 1992 Tipperary Crystal came on board as trophy sponsors for the Rally of the Lakes and Joe came up with the idea that to get max return for his involvement the best plan would be to enter a Tipperary Crystal sponsored car, driven by somebody who would be guaranteed to attract media attention.

Rosemary had at that stage virtually finished with competitive driving to concentrate on her Driving School and Fashion interests, but such was the persuasive power of Joe’s idea that the entry list for the 1992 Lakes records Rosemary Smith at No 38, co-driven by Joe Foley in a Class A7 Peugeot.

It is doubtful if the team carried out any recce but it was clear that Rosie’s years of experience gained in tackling rally stages all over the world has not deserted her and she came back to the finish on Sunday evening with an unscratched car and a class win after eighteen of the Classic Killarney stages.

This was the last December Lakes before the switch to May, so the latter stages on both days would have tackled in failing light or darkness, adding to the challenges of the event.

The photo shows Margaret O’Donoghue presenting their class awards to Rosemary and Joe.

Joe left Tipperary Crystal a few years later when the company changed hands.

He went to live abroad but did not enjoy a long retirement before he passed away.

Rosemary and Joe have now left us but thankfully Margaret remains very much with us as an iconic reminder of the pivotal role which the O’Donoghue family and the Gleneagle have played in the development of, not only the Rally of the Lakes and the Historic Rally, but also so many other events and initiatives which have ensured that Killarney always remains in pole position as the premier visitor destination in the country.



Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]



Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.


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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]




With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.


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