Monday, 2 May 2011

Gardaí seize 20 cars at Kerry rally

MORE THAN 20 cars were seized by gardaí in Killarney, Co Kerry, during the annual Rally of the Lakes at the weekend.

Large numbers of young drivers in modified cars, who were not competing in the rally, were in the tourist town for the event and the car seizures were made under the Road Traffic Act.

There were also reports of “boy racers” taking over sections or roads around Killarney on Friday night and Saturday night before gardaí intervened to move them on. The rally attracted crowds of up to 40,000 motoring fans, down considerably on numbers at the event during the economic boom, and 24 arrests were made, chiefly for Public Order Act offences.

Rally stages were held on mountain roads around south Kerry and west Cork and the event finished last night.

Meanwhile, several thousand people were in Dingle, Co Kerry, for the annual Féile na Bealtaine at the weekend, enjoying a varied programme of music, arts, poetry, lectures and exhibitions.

The festival honoured one of its founder members, Dr Mícheál Fanning, also a poet, as well as publisher Steve McDonagh. Both died in the past six months.

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