14 March 2018

Kia to drive Nationwide Running Race Series

Catherina McKiernan and Rose of Tralee, Jennifer Byrne, set the pace ahead of the inaugural Kia Race Series which kicks off on 17 March with The Streets of Portlaoise 5k, writes Trish Whelan

The Kia Race Series will bring together seven well established regional races around Ireland under one umbrella with an added closed road running event in Mondello Park.

The Kia Race Series is encouraging Ireland’s best male and female distance athletes to compete against each other, with a new Kia Stonic up for grabs for both the overall male and female winner of the series. To be eligible to win the series, runners must take part in five of the eight races including the finale. There’s the added incentive of €7,000 bonus fund available for course records.

Runners can enter online on kiaraceseries.com and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook @KiaRaceSeries.

The KIA Race Series
  1. Streets of Portlaoise 5k - 17th March 11am
  2. Run with Catherina (Co. Cavan) 10k - Saturday, April 28th 7pm (Provisionally)
  3. Tallaght AC 5k - Sunday May 6th 12pm
  4. Bob Heffernan 5k (Enfield, Co. Meath) - Tuesday 22nd May, 8pm
  5. Braveheart 5k (Trim, Co. Meath) - Friday, June 15th, 8pm
  6. Dunshaughlin 10k Road Race - Saturday, June 23rd, 7:30pm
  7. Roscommon 10 Mile - 7th July 2018, 11:30am
  8. Mondello International 10k -  September 9th, 11am
Elite runners will be invited to each event and will receive complimentary entry. Kia Motors Ireland will be offering €1,000 per race in course record bonuses, €500 male / female, as well as the two Kia Stonic cars which the series winners will have use of for one year.

Easyparking at Jervis Street Car Park in Dublin

Paul Dalton of easytrip and Neil Cunningham of APCOA Parking at Jervis Street car park
Easytrip has expanded their car parking portfolio in Dublin with the addition of Jervis Street car park, writes Trish Whelan.

Easyparking, easytrip's parking service offers hassle free electronic parking to customers with the use of a tag, with no need to take a ticket or queue at the paying station. The easytrip tag is scanned on entry and exit to the car park and the fee is then automatically deducted from the tag holder's account.

The Jervis Street car park has 267 car spaces and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. New and existing easytrip customers can sign up for parking by calling easytrip on 1890 67 67 68 or by logging onto www.easytrip.ie. Easyparking is available at locations in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford.

13 March 2018

Renault to partner St Patrick's Day Festival

Adeline Minchin, Sponsorship Manager St Patrick's Festival, with 'St Patrick', and Karla Clifford, Brand Communications Manager Renault Ireland.
Renault Ireland will continue as the official car partner of St Patrick's Festival for the next three years, writes Trish Whelan. This year's festival will run from Thursday 15 to Monday 19 March, with over 3,000 people taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade and over 500,000 expected to line the streets of Dublin on the day.

As part of its involvement, seven special green Renault Kadjars, Capturs and Koleos will weave their way through the capital during the parade including the 100 per cent electric Renault ZOE which will feature within the artistic pageantry of the parade.

The overall theme of this year's festival is Home, and a programme of special events inspired by all things 'home' will run throughout Dublin over the five days including a unique film commission project, street-theatre, talks, walks, spoken word, literature, music, Irish language, visual art and more. Renault Ireland's theme is May the Road Rise to Meet You (go n-eiri an bothar leat), a well-know as Gaeilge expression of good wishes.

As official car partner, Renault Ireland will provide 10 vehicles for use in both the St Patrick's Day Parade and official St Patrick's Festival duties.

Adeline Minchin, and Liz O'Gorman, Marketing Manager Renault Ireland, are pictured below.

12 March 2018

Motorsport Ireland - National Rally Championship

Declan Boyle in his Ford Fiesta World Rally Car
Former double National Rally champion Declan Boyle took a comfortable victory in the opening round of this year’s Triton Showers series by bringing his Ford Fiesta home 37 seconds clear of the nearest opposition in the Achill Island Hotel-Connacht Print and Signs Mayo Stages Rally yesterday, writes Richard Bourke.

The Donegal driver and his new Monaghan partner James O’Reilly led from the opening stage and were never headed all day, with Josh Moffett and Keith Moriarty taking runner up position ahead of Desi Henry and Liam Moynihan in yet another Fiesta, just over a minute farther back.

Two more ex-title holders were out of luck, with Donagh Kelly recovering to tenth place at the end after a disastrous puncture, while Roy White slid off the road on the first stage and was completely out of contention by the time he could restart. Adrian Wray won the Group N Production class, with Jason Black and Jack McKenna the Junior winners.

 Guy Foster scored a convincing win in TDC’s Clubman Autotest at Mondello Park, setting best times on nine of the ten tests, beating Darren Quille by six seconds, with Cork’s Liam Cashman the best saloon driver in third place overall.