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Supercar to make Irish debut in Killarney this weekend

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A BMW supercar – that costs a staggering €233,605 – will make its Irish debut in Killarney this weekend.

The new BMW M8 Competition Coupé has just been launched by the German company.

It will go on public display for the first time during the Rally of Lakes from April 29 to May 1.

Ahern’s BMW in Castleisland is one of the title sponsors of this year’s rally. The family run firm will display the full range of BMW cars during the event including the new BMW M8 Competition Coupé.

BMW's Motorsport brand ‘M’ is celebrating 50 years this year.

Paul Ahern is a life-long rally supporter. More recently he sponsored Craig Breen and Paul Nagle’s victory in last year’s Killarney Historic Rally driving a BMW M3.

“We are delighted to have the BMW M8 Competition 625bhp at the Rally of the Lakes weekend to celebrate 50 years of M,” Paul Ahern said.

“The legendary M3 rally car has enjoyed much success over the years in Killarney with Bertie Fisher and more recently Craig Breen and Paul Nagle taking victory here with M Power, so we look forward to the next 50 years of M.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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