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Vintage clubs hopeful Ring of Kerry Run can still go ahead

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Organisers of the annual Ring of Kerry vintage run say they are determined that the event will run this year – in some form – despite the current restrictions.

The 41st running of the county’s biggest classic and vintage car event was scheduled to run this weekend, May 9 and 10.

The Kingdom Veteran Vintage and Classic Car Club (KVVCCC) have taken the decision to postpone the event until mid-summer.

This year’s run was due to start from the Gleneagle Hotel and overnight at the Kenmare Bay Hotel, and those plans remain in place.

The Ring of Kerry Run has taken place each year since it began in 1979 despite other restrictions like the Foot and Mouth crisis of 2001.

The KVVCCC will operate within Government guidelines when it does get the go ahead to run the event and has not ruled out a scaled back version. Last year’s 40th anniversary run attracted well over one hundred cars.

“If we have to run a restricted event, say to 50 cars, we can do that,” club secretary, Garrett Foley, told the Killarney Advertiser. “We understand the situation is serious and we won’t do anything without following the Government’s advice. We were able to run the event in 2001, the year of the Foot and Mouth, restrictions were lifted at the very last minute and we were able to hang on and cobble together an event.”

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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