This is the story of an old-school navigator.
The kind of navigator who finds his way by Ordnance Survey map and not by phone.
He was in Tralee last month for a Déjà Vu.
As the event’s name implies, it is all about rekindling memories and meeting old friends.
300 other participants had the same idea and the flagship event in Kerry Motor Club’s 50th anniversary year was deemed a major success.
A success because there were very few hotel rooms left in the town for the weekend, a success because it showcased West Kerry to many people who had never been there before.
People from all over Ireland, Britain, Belgium and California were there to enjoy a celebration of the history of Kerry motorsport and the hospitality of the Kingdom. Hundreds more fans were in town and packed the route all along the way too.
And more importantly, the event raised money for Recovery Haven, a local cancer respite charity. The final figure will be close to 40k when all the sums are done.
But back to our hero.
The first time he competed in a Kerry Motor Club event was way back in 1974. It was a night navigation rally based in the Grand Hotel on Denny St.
He decided to return to Tralee last month – to rekindle those memories and meet old friends.
On Friday afternoon, he went into the town centre to buy a map of the Dingle Peninsula but failed to find the one he wanted (needed) in any book shop in town. That is bad enough in its own right.
However, he decided to do what any visitor would do, when in a new town and looking for a map.
He went to the tourist office at the bottom of Denny St.
It was closed.
It will remain closed until July 1.
Can someone in authority in the town of Tralee explain that?
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