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Rob Duggan A Sensation In Donegal

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The Joule sponsored Donegal International Rally took place last weekend in Letterkenny. The three day event received a maximum capacity entry in all categories of over 150 cars, there was a total of twenty special stages based around the foothills of Donegal, which included the famous classic stages such as Knockalla, Atlantic Drive and Fanad Head. Killarney & District Motor Club competitors were there in force and didn’t disappoint.

Rob Duggan was an absolute sensation, finishing 3rd R5 car & 4th Overall, Rob has gained the respect of the whole Rallying community on this island. Having proven his pace and ability in the past driving both front & rear wheel drive, the step up to a four wheel drive R5 monster was sure going to be interesting.  Duggan and navigator Ger Conway took on the best of the best over the 3 day event and didn’t disappoint, following a brief test on Thursday in this unknown Ford Fiesta R5 machine, there was complete astonishment at the end of the first stage Friday when Duggan merged as the Fastest R5 car overall. As the weekend progressed Rob set a number of Fastest R5 times, along with 2 Fastest overall stages times” absolutely incredible”. The ever changing weather conditions were the biggest challenge for the crew as the lack of knowledge of the car and set up changes to be made in order to achieve the maximum handling of the car were unknown. The crew fought hard and were as high as 3rd overall and 2nd R5 car at one stage. They were stuck in the middle of a monumental R5 battle between brothers Sam & Josh Moffett from county Monaghan with mere seconds in it all way to the finish.
This for sure was one of Rob’s best results to date, huge credit must go to Ger on the notes also, there is no doubt that they had the”Drive of the Rally”.

In the National section it was Killarney & District Motor Club that were out the front also, Noel O’Sullivan from Muckross was co-driving for top Donegal driver Kevin Gallagher in his unusual Darrian T90. The crew were involved in a huge battle all weekend for the lead of the National section. They finished runners up to Kildare’s Ian Barrett in a similar Darrian. KDMC’s Barry Meade was as expected front runner in the national section but a puncture dropped him well down the order on Friday, The crew then set out on a huge recovery drive and setting some blistering times along the way to climb back up to 9th Overall. In the extremely competitive Junior section KDMC’s Derry Long and Declan Casey had a brilliant drive. They competed in a Honda Civic and finished a very strong 6th overall and 3rd in class, this result now puts Derry into second place in the Junior Section of the Irish Tarmac Championship. This was the crews first visit to Donegal, achieving such a fantastic result and securing valuable championship points makes this result all that more credible.

Congratulations & Well Done to all

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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