Festival atmosphere promised in Castleisland on Saturday evening before Irish Community Air Ambulance Rally

Festival atmosphere promised in Castleisland on Saturday evening

There is a host of entertainment planned for Castleisland on the evening before the forestry rally that is being run to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. 

The rally will get underway on Saturday evening, with a ceremonial start outside the Riverside Hotel in Castleisland Town Centre. 

The Killorglin Pipe Band will get the show on the road shortly after 7pm. 

Soon after, local motorcycle racer Samantha Martin will launch her children’s storybook that she wrote and illustrated to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. 

It is hoped that she will be able to drive her racing bike onto the ramp.

The majority of the 100 entrants will drive over the start outside Rally Headquarters, The River Island Hotel beginning at 745pm

Radio Kerry DJ Ivan Hurley will keep spectators entertained as the drivers are interviewed ahead of Sunday’s event. 

One of the first tasks to be completed will be the presentation of Junior 1000 drivers. The club has received a record entry of 15 teenage drivers for the rally.

 The majority of them have taken part in a social media video competition in the run-up to the rally. They were invited to submit a short video of their preparations to Killarney and District Motor Club’s social media channels. The winner – by random draw – of this competition will receive a refund on their entry fee sponsored by Dermot Healy Motors in Killarney.

Kerry Motorsport News will present the winning crew with 50eu cash to be put towards their pacenote bill for the weekend.

Once this is all over the entertainment moves inside to the River Island Hotel.

A group of musicians from all over Ireland, including Donegal’s John Dolan (of Off the Cuff) and local band Texas Heart will join forces for a Country and Irish session in the HQ.

All of this programme of events is free to attend, and the performers are giving their time free.

The entire proceeds of the rally will be donated to the Irish Community Air Ambulance – spectators are asked to give generously to the bucket collectors that will attend each event.

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