Health and safety the main priority

At full pace: Charlie and Johnny Hickey, Killarney, competing in a previous Rally of the Lakes

TWO of the major social events of the year in Kerry have fallen victim to the Covid-19 crisis.

The International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney and Listowel Writers’ Week have both been postponed as a direct result of the pandemic.

Motorsport Ireland has announced that all its events are suspended until June 1 as a consequence of the ongoing health emergency and in accordance with the measures being implemented to counteract and contain the spread of Covid-19.

Killarney author Niall MacMonagle interviewing Graham Norton on stage at Listowel Writers’ Week

The Rally of the Lakes was due to take place in the first weekend of May.

Consideration will be given to rescheduling the rally later in the year but the organisers stressed that the focus now is on providing the necessary support and resources to those dealing with the current crisis.

Meanwhile, Listowel Writers’ Week and the National Children’s Literary Festival which were due to be held in late May have also been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.
In a statement, the festival committee said they were saddened to have to make the decision but the health and safety of everyone and full compliance with government guidelines must take priority over all else.

“We will be working hard during this time of uncertainty and isolation, continuing to engender and maintain our spirit of literary friendship,” the statement read.

Refunds on all tickets, or credit notes, for woorkshops and other events booked re available.

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