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The bravery of two rally competitors who risked their lives to help extract two rivals from a burning rally car was rewarded at the Moriarty’s Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship awards presentation on Saturday night.

Last June, father and daughter crew Jason and Megan Costello were involved in a serious accident on the Circuit of Munster Rally. In the course of the accident, their car caught fire and they ended up trapped.

The next crew on the scene Sean Hickey and Noel Fleming stopped and did everything in their power to extract the Tarbert crew from the burning wreckage, including putting themselves at risk.

Hickey and Fleming were presented with the Paudie Casey Memorial Trophy at Saturday night’s Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship awards party in Firies.

The prizegiving event was attended by close on 200 members representing the two clubs in the county.

Last year the rally family in Kerry and further afield was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Paudie Casey.

Paudie was the epitome of club rallying in The Kingdom.

A well-known and respected competitor, he was not afraid to put his shoulder to the wheel to help get events off the ground and a regular marshal – he was a familiar face at all the local rallies and while a member of Kerry Motor Club, he was an equal supporter of Killarney and District Motor Club.

“The Moriarty's Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship is all about encouraging more people like Paudie,” Mike Moriarty, Championship Sponsor, said.

“With the blessing of his wife, Helen and other family members, the Paudie Casey Memorial Trophy was presented as the spirit of the championship award.”

Rob Duggan was confirmed as the inaugural Moriarty’s Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Champion following the recent Killarney Historic Rally.

 

Darren Young, the Tralee-based Honda Civic driver, was runner-up in the Drivers’ Standings, while third place went  Gneeveguilla’s Seanie Hickey who was one of the few drivers to contest all rounds in his Toyota Starlet.

Colin O’Donoghue from Killarney won the Junior Section.

 

In the co-drivers section, Damian Fleming from Kilcummin took top honours while Pa Lawlor, Young’s co-driver finished second, with Noel Fleming, O’Leary’s map man, third.

Meagan Costello from Tarbert received the Ladies Award.

 

 

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

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Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

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