Road Closures In Ballymac, Kielduff And Lyreacrompane Areas For Rally On Sunday

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MOTORISTS are being advised that several roads in Ballymac, Kielduff and Lyreacrompane areas will be closed on this Sunday, November 7, to facilitate the running of the Banna Beach Resort Kerry Winter Stages Rally.

The Kerry Motor Club organised event is the first motorsport event in the county since 2019 as a result of the pandemic.

To ensure the safe running of the rally, several roads in Kielduff, Ballymac and Lyreacrompane will be closed from 8.30am on Sunday morning and will not re-open until after5pm that evening.

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Motorists traveling to and from Abbeyfeale via the old road at Ballybeggan will not be able to access Dan Paddy Andy’s Crossroad while the event is in progress.

The road that links Castleisland with Lyreacrompane will also be closed for the day.

Access to the Glanageenty Walkway will be restricted all day Sunday too – the walkway will remain open but only the southern access road will be open, and it will not be possible to cross the road that links the walks.

Heavy traffic is expected in the Ardfert, Banna and Tralee areas too from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon.

Additionally, a road near Banna Beach will be closed for much of Saturday to facilitate the running of the event’s practice stage.

Kerry County Council has granted the road closure order under section 75 of the Roads Act 1993 and the Temporary Closing of Roads Regulations 1994.

The organising team have received permission to run the event from both on Garda Siochana and Kerry County Council.

It is being run with full support of Sport Ireland and Motorsport Ireland and will run under strict COVID-19 guidelines.

The rally will provide a welcome financial boost to the area, with 140 cars starting the event and a team of over 100 volunteers required to run it.

“Our event will bring a much-needed economic boost to all the areas that the rally passes through,” said Clerk of the Course Sean Hegarty.

“However, we want to make people aware that roads will be closed and to plan their journeys accordingly. We are delighted that the sport is back up and running, road closures are necessary to allow the safe running of the event. We appreciate that this may inconvenience some people and we want to get the message out there that the roads will be closed in these areas. The club extends huge gratitude the local residents who allowed their roads to be closed to let the rally run.”

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