On Friday the 3rd May 2019 the International Rally of the Lakes will commence in Killarney and continues until Sunday the 5th May 2019. This event is incorporated into the May Bank Holiday Weekend Festivities and has proved to be an exceptionally busy weekend for the town of Killarney and the surrounding area. 

Killarney and District Motor Club officials with members of the Gardai highlighting the rally road safety campaign at Killarney Racecourse in advance of the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes this weekend. From left are Cormac Casey (Deputy Clerk of the Course), Inspector Tony Sugrue, Patrick O’Donoghue (Gleneagle Hotel), Supt Flor Murphy Dermot Healy (Rally Clerk of the Course) and Sergeant Dermot O’Connell. Back from left are Garda Pat Carmody, Garda Ronan Kelliher, Sergeant Gearoid Keating, and Garda Peter McCarthy. The Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes will take place in Killlarney from Friday 3rd May to Sunday 5th May 2019. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Speaking at Killarney Garda Station today, 1st May 2019 Sgt Dermot O Connell said “This is the 40th year of the Rally of the Lakes, we wish the organisers well with their event and celebrations. The Rally has achieved success and positive recognition over the past forty years for its legendary stages of Molls Gap and Healy Pass. For An Garda Síochána it is a significant policing operation. The massive influx of rally supporters, competitors and regular holiday weekenders to the Killarney area is estimated to be in the regions of 60,000 visitors. The weekend of festivities is there to be enjoyed by the whole family and that is exactly what we want to see, people enjoying themselves’.

In front are Patrick O’Donoghue (Gleneagle Hotel), Supt Flor Murphy and Dermot Healy (Rally Clerk of the Course). Also included from left are Cormac Casey (Deputy Clerk of the Course), Emma O’Connor, Martin Farrell (Safety Officer), Inspector Tony Sugrue, John Hickey, Nicholas Burke, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell , Sean Moriarty, Garda Pat Carmody, Sergeant Gearoid Keating, Garda Ronan Kelliher, Garda Peter McCarthy and Michelle Hickey.
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

‘This year’s Policing Operation has built on the success of recent years; it sets out the plan of action to deal effectively with all of the policing needs that have been identified following consultation with the many stakeholders. There will be numerous checkpoints set up over the weekend as well as increased high visibility patrols in the Killarney area. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. If you intend on having a drink, park up the car for the evening and remember that they may still be over the limit the morning after a night out.’