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Students race to the finish line as they await competition results

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TEAM VROOM: Grace Daly, Kayla Byrne, Ella Galvin and Ilona Sheehan

Kerry students, participating in the F1 in Schools competition will learn their fate tonight (Sunday) during TG4’s live broadcast of the event finals.


The competition, which is in its 15th year in Ireland, challenges secondary school students to design, build and race their very own miniature Formula One cars.

Two teams from St Brigid’s Presentation in Killarney have entered the competition that encourages the practical application of STEM subjects.


Team Vroom is made up of Ella Galvin, Kayla Byrne, Ilona Sheehan and Grace Daly.

“We’re all looking forward in anticipation,” Team Vroom Racing’s Ilona Sheehan said. “It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey so far and we’ve loved every moment of it. It would be the cherry on top of an already amazing cake if we were to win or receive an award.”

Team Mario Cart members are Alanna Brady, Kate Donoghue, Meadhbh Bennett and Abbie Daly.

“It’s an amazing achievement to reach the national finals of this competition,” Meadhbh Bennett of Team Mario Cart added.

“We are really proud of ourselves, no matter what the outcome is and we hope that other students will take part in this competition if they get the opportunity to sometime in the future.”

They are just two of 56 teams from all over Ireland – Mercy Mounthawk in Tralee is also competing in the event and student Coren Hughes has been shortlisted for the ‘Engineer of the Year’ award in the national competition.

Earlier this week judges raced and timed the entrants’ scale model racing cars to determine an overall winner, but the students will also be judged on their engineering presentations, interviews with the judging panels and their media exposure since the competition started in November.

“We honestly have no clue [of the result], so the nerves are very much real,” added Ilona.

Tonight marks the first-ever TV broadcast of the Irish event with TG4 bringing the excitement of F1 in Schools racing to homes across the country at 8.30pm.

TEAM MARIO CART: Meadhbh Bennett, Kate Donoghue, Abbie Daly and Alanna Brady.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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