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World rally event will showcase ‘world class’ Kerry

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Confirmation that Tralee has been given the green light to host a stage of the World Rally Championship, pending government funding and approval of a calendar slot by the promoter, has been described as a fantastic boost for the county by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

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Munster Technological University in Tralee will play a central role if, as expected, Motorsport Ireland’s bid to stage the WRC proceeds with Kerry confirmed as one of three chosen locations, along with Limerick and Waterford.
The proposal is that they would alternate as host locations for Rally Ireland between 2025 and 2027 under the terms of the proposed combined three-year deal.
The funding decision is currently under consideration by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Killarney Chamber noted that the event, said to be worth over €300 million in the three-year period, is watched by a global television audience of close on 250 million people and the promotional opportunities for the entire county of Kerry would be immense.
In addition, it would attract thousands of people to Kerry, including crews, their back-up teams, families and rally supporters from all over the world.
The MTU North Campus, which incorporates the Kerry Sports Academy, has been identified as one of the preferred locations that meets the very strict WRC criteria.
Hugely impressed Motorsport Ireland officials described the state-of-the-art Tralee venue as “world class”.
The announcement was expected to be the selection of one location to host the WRC and the decision to rotate three venues came as a big surprise.
Killarney Chamber congratulated everybody involved in the successful Tralee bid and said their determination and powers of persuasion are a great advantage to the county.
“This is possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote Kerry to a very loyal audience who love the sport and relish the spectacular terrain over which the drivers compete”.
“The event will showcase Kerry in the best light and, now that this crucial hurdle has been cleared, all our fingers are crossed that it will be ratified and funded,” said a statement issued by Chamber joint presidents Pádraig Treacy and Johnny McGuire.
It is anticipated that some of the stages incorporated in the rally would include iconic Kerry rally locations such as Moll’s Gap, Caragh Lake and Ballaghbeama and that would really help put the beauty of the county on the world map, the Chamber added.

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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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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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