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Tribute to motor club stalwart John Flynn

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By Sean Moriarty

With John Flynn, there was one golden rule: if something was worth doing at all it was worth doing right.

This is how the popular Barleymount man is being remembered this week by his friends and colleagues in Killarney and District Motor Club.

John passed away on Monday night after a relatively short illness.

He will be very much missed by his daughters Kate and Sinéad, son-in-law Kevin, Sinéad's partner Kevin, granddaughter Isla, sisters Mary (O'Meara) and Sheila (Hickey), mother-in-law and Eithne Tarrant.

His colleagues in the club behind such major events like the Rally of the Lakes and The Killarney Historic Rally will also miss the man who gave so much to local motorsport.

He was unable to attend this year’s Rally of the Lakes in May as he was too sick but the club did not forget him either on the occasion of its biggest event of the year.

Each year KDMC present the sought after Silver Wheel Award to the person who has gone above and beyond in the support of motorsport in the county.

When John Flynn was announced as the 2022 recipient at the event’s prizegiving ceremony at the Gleneagle Hotel in May, everybody present was in agreement that he was a deserving winner.

He is best remembered for two reasons within rally circles. He was always the first man on duty on any given event as he operated the time control at a rally start and he was always the last man to finish in his role as Car Accountability officer.

His dedication to the job meant that Rally Control always had the most up-to-the-minute figures in terms of withdrawals and retirements, crucial information for operational and emergency reason.

His radio call sign "all accounted for” in his soft and gentle tones was reassuring for those in the rally office that needed to know the whereabouts of anything up 160 rally cars at any given moment.

And such was the nature of the job, he was always the last man to finish and always put in the longest shift of any person working on an event.

“In order to start his count with certainty he always insisted on personally manning the first control out of Parc Ferme and throughout the remainder of the rally one could rely on clear accurate reports from the start and finish of every stage, right through to final control and when each successive figure was transmitted, the message "all accounted for" would invariably follow,” his friend and motor club colleague Mike Marshall said.

“John’s accuracy and dependability as Car Accountability was widely recognised throughout the Munster-based clubs and most called on his services in that role for their own events.”

Outside of motorsport he ran a successful plumbing business.

“John started his working life as a milking machine fitter with Westphalia, whose Irish headquarters was then in Castleisland, not far from his home near Scartaglin,” added Mike.

“When Westphalia moved to Cork, John decided to continue on his own in the plumbing and heating sector and the same attention to detail which characterised every aspect of what John took on was evident in the quality of his work.”

Following Requiem Mass at the Prince of Peace Church, Fossa on Thursday morning, John was laid to rest at Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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