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Toyota’s Killarney roadshow a big success

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Kellihers Garage has described its Killarney open day as an “outstanding success”.

DEMO: Mags Kenny Tim Kelliher (Dealer Principal) Jack Watkinson Margaret O'Mahony and Tom Kenny at the Kellihers Garage Toyota open day at The Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

ROADSHOW: Tim Kelliher (Dealer Principal) showing a Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid to Paddy and Bernie O'Sullivan Muckross Killarney at the Kellihers Garage Toyota open day at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

NEW CAR: Tim Kelliher (Dealer Principal) showing a Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid to Kuba Jedyczowskif Denis Murphy and Sinead McCarthy at the Kellihers Garage Toyota open day at The Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

TEST DRIVE: Linda Doona testing a Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid at the Kellihers Garage Toyota hybrid open day at The Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

The Tralee-based garage was recently announced as the sole Toyota dealer for County Kerry.

On Sunday the family run garage organised a Toyota roadshow and open day at the Gleneagle Hotel so they could introduce themselves to their new customer base in Killarney.

The full range of 2022 Toyota cars were on display including the star of the show – Yaris Gazoo Racing – which dealer principal Tim Kelliher described “as a true classic of modern motoring with performance to beat a Ferrari with its diminutive 1.6 petrol engine”.

Mr Kelliher said that he and his five staff “were busy all day” and “surprised at the number people that turned up”.

So surprised in fact, that he apologised to the people he did not get a chance to speak to on Sunday.

“To everybody who called into the Gleneagle on Sunday, a huge thank you for what was a fantastic day for Kellihers, sincere apologies that we didn't get to talk to everybody,” he said. “We started to set up around 7am, and from before nine we had a constant flow of people up to 4.30pm or 5pm.”

Over the weekend Kellihers also announced a five-year associate sponsorship deal with Kerry GAA.

“The Kellihers love Kerry GAA, both hurling and football,” he added. “I remember going to the games in Croke Park in the 1970s and we [as a family] remain avid supporters of local GAA since.”

Everyone who participated in a Toyota test drive over the weekend is entered into a draw to win €2,000 off their new Toyota purchase.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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