Limerick Circuit of Munster Stages Rally - 31 May 09

Posted: June 3, 2009 2:31 PM - 28340 Hits

Round 4 - 2009 National Rally Championship
Round 3 - 2009 West Coast Rally Championship
Round 5 - 2009 National Junior Rally Championship (NJRC)

  • Maguire and Sherry win in Limerick.

Photo: James Burke

Jonathan Cunningham Clenches Circuit of Munster Junior Rally Victory

Posted: June 3, 2009 2:31 PM

Jonathan Cunningham Circuit of Munster 2009 Junior Rally winner, Class G winner in the NJRC and new overall leader in the Junior Championship. What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago Jonathan came away from the Cavan Stages Rally with a feeling of what could have been! After suffering two punctures on the first stage he was left to just fight for a class position. Having shown some real talent by setting four fastest stages times over the remaining stages in Cavan Jonathan carried that form to this weekend’s event in the Limerick and the difference was also clear to be seen in the NJRC with only two registered drivers out in Cavan but in the Adare based event this weekend we had four registered drivers with three defending points on the board, two drivers were also welcomed in to the championship and five other drivers taking regs with a view the signing up.

The Claregalway man Jonathan Cunningham started out favourite, John Byrnes was next in the seedings, with fellow Limerick man John O’Connor coming in at number three. Chris Malloy entered in the Peugeot 206 and standing on eight points in the championship had to pull his entry on Saturday night with engine problems with the 206. Lining out the first time in the championship we had Kevin O’Connor (Younger brother Of John) driving a RWD Peugeot 205 and from Co. Kerry Brendan O’Mahoney. As a junior rally the class 16 competitors joined the action on the fifth stage and got five special stages, which were based just south of New Castle West. Jonathan running first on the road with J16 was on the pace from the off, setting a time of 11.24 on the first stage. This did not come with out problems, as through the stage he found selecting gears very hard and checking the car after coming off the stage he saw gear oil draining from the side of the gearbox and covering the sump and bottom of the engine. On stage six Jonathan nursed the car through the first two Kms but found the gears loosen out as the stage went on and set fastest time of 10 min 16 sec. Next on the time sheets for our registered drivers were our two new entrants to the championship, Kevin O’Connor with a time of 23.42 over the opening two stages, with Kerry man Brendan O’Mahoney just five second behind. Kevin and Brendan were lying fifth and sixth respectively on the leader board. John Byrnes out for the first time in the MDR Motorsport Citroen C2R2 was complaining of brake problems over the first loop and was in ninth place. John O’Connor was having one of those days as he was off the road on both stage five with an over shoot and six when he ended up in a drain loosing a lot of time and by now was bring up the rear of the field. The next loop started with stage seven and again Cunningham punched in a fastest stage time Kevin O’Connor was up to Third overall and John Byrnes up to seventh but still didn’t have full confidence in his brakes and felt the bias wasn’t set properly. On the penultimate stage Jonathan Cunningham started to feel his tyres go off a little so decided to just consolidate his lead and bring the car home safe. John Byrne was elevated to five with a good time. Over the last stage Cunningham rounded off the fine drive completing his string of fastest stage times and his rightful place at the top of the leader board with eight points and a total of twenty-two. Kevin O’Connor finished the last stage with a time 10.55 and took third overall and got his championship bid under way with six points. John Byrnes suffering from those brake problems all day was pleased with his fourth and picked up six points. Brendan O’Mahoney was another to gain six points on his opening round and was very happy with a car that’s a lot more underpowered than the machinery around it. John O’Connor suffered gearbox problems on the second loop and lost fifth gear but still got home and picked up six points.

During just a week there has been quite a change to the championship leader board. Jonathan Cunningham has taken over as leader in championship on 22 points. Craig Breen now holds second place on 20 points but is still to take part on a tarmac rally. Vincent McAree and John Byrnes are now in equal third on 14 points. Kevin Gallagher and Chris Malloy have 8 points and share fourth. Getting their first championship points this weekend were Limerick brothers John and Kevin O’Connor and Co Kerry’s Brendan O’Mahoney. Unfortunately round six of the championship was to be based in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath for the Northeast Restricted Mini Stages but the event had to be cancelled, so our next outing marks the halfway point in the season with the Ravens Rock Junior Rally on the 28th of June.

Report courtesy of Dunlop - proud sponsors of the National Rally Championship

Posted: June 2, 2009 4:34 PM

FORMER Dunlop National Rally champion, Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC) took an important victory on the Woodland's House Hotel Circuit of Munster Dunlop National Rally Championship, the fourth round of the national series.  He won the nine-stage event by a one minute and ten second margin - finishing ahead of Kevin Barrett.  Eamonn Daly (Mitsubishi) was a further three minutes and 37 seconds behind in third. Maguire battled hard with pre-event series leader, Patrick Elliott throughout most of the day and had reduced Elliott's one time advantage of twelve seconds to five seconds entering the final stage.  Elliott crashed out leaving Maguire take his first victory of the season and move into the lead of the Dunlop series - 14 points ahead Elliott.

Just a single second separated Elliott and Maguire following the completion of the opening stage, Sugar Hill.  Both drivers indicated a slight unease - Elliott stalled at a hairpin and lost a few seconds while Maguire reckoned the brakes of his Subaru were fading towards the stage end.  Meanwhile, Kevin Barrett was just four seconds behind Maguire with top Group N driver, Kevin Kelleher setting a time of seven minutes even, to slot into fourth overall - 17 seconds off top spot.  Sean Gallagher (Subaru WRC), out for the first time in a round of the Dunlop series in some twelve months, was fifth.

They were the only cars from the top ten to complete the test as Anthony O'Halloran crashed his Mitsubishi, neither himself or co-driver, Charlie McEnery were hurt.  Unfortunately, although damage to the car was minimal, they couldn't re-start their Mitsubishi.  Out on the second test, Elliott took ten seconds out of Maguire, who was subsequently quickest through S.S. 3 to leave ten seconds between them at the first service halt.  Elliott reported another stall, this time on stage three while Maguire had a similar experience on the second stage.  Barrett remained in third and while Gallagher finished the stage in fourth place, he failed to make it to the service halt when the engine expired. 

Garry Jennings took up the role of Group N leader but reckoned his Mitsubishi lacked power on the uphill sections of the stages.  Meanwhile, his nemesis, Kevin Kelleher was six seconds behind in sixth with some slight brake problems.

Mike Quinn (Escort) in seventh spot was the top two-wheel drive contender, he too suffered some brake maladies.  Eamonn Daly in a Mitsubishi, was eighth in a top ten that also included Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi) and late entry, Michael Curran (Ford Escort). Gary Reidy crashed on the third stage, the incident also led to the retirement of Barry Meade, who had to ditch his Escort to avoid Reidy's stricken car.

Despite a lurid overshoot, Maguire trimmed Elliott's lead to six seconds on the fourth stage where Barrett was quickest of all.  Elliott gained a similar margin back on stage five as Maguire posted a very strong time on the sixth test to leave him trailing Elliott by eleven seconds at the final service halt.  Elliott remarked that he wasn't using the launch control as it led to the car stalling.  Maguire also stalled on the fifth stage. 

Group N leader, Kelleher stated that his Mitsubishi was much improved following the insertion of new brakes.  Jennings lost time on the fifth stage when mud filled the hub of his Mitsubishi, he also lost the lead in Group N with Kelleher moving eleven seconds in front of the Fermanagh ace.  Eamonn Daly (Mitsubishi)_ damaged the clutch on the fifth stage, however, he was third in the showroom category.  Seventh placed, Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi) had no explanation for his time on Stage 6 as he reckoned he should have reaped greater rewards for his efforts.

The top ten also included Eddie Power (Toyota Corolla WRC), Michael Curran (Ford escort) and Patterson's RallyNews Award pre-event leader, Thomas Fitzmaurice, who lost time with driveshaft problems.  Elsewhere, Sean Flanagan, in the hired Mitsubishi, retired when he beached the car on the sixth stage.

Maguire reduced the deficit to six seconds after a fine performance through the seventh test.  He took a second out of his rival on the penultimate test to leave him five behind the Dunlop Championship leader entering the final test.  Barrett set the pace on the penultimate test.  Meanwhile, Kevin Kelleher retired after he completed the seventh stage - he couldn't select any gears in his Mitsubishi. Jennings was also in trouble with gear linkage and he lost over two minutes. 

Local stalwart, Eamonn Daly was perfectly poised to take advantage and he went on to claim third overall.  Oldcastle's, Michael Curran came through transmission trouble to win the modified category, he was fourth overall.  Jennings was fifth was followed by Eddie Power in the ex-John McCarthy Toyota Corolla WRC.

Thomas Fitzmaurice in seventh maintained his lead in the Patterson's RallyNews Group N award in a top ten completed by Paul Elliot (Mitsubishi), ed Synan (Escort) and Paul McEnroe (Subaru).

Posted: June 2, 2009 4:30 PM

2nd Overall - Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally
Photo: Seamus Counihan

3rd Overall and Gp N Winners: Eamonn Daly/Anthony O’Conaill
Photo: Sean Hassett

4th overall and 2wd winners: Michael Curran/Alan Whyte
Photo: Richard Toolan


Posted: June 2, 2009 3:44 PM

1 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC) 79m 00s,
2 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC) 80m 10s,
3 Eamonn Daly/Anthony O’Conaill (Mit. Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 83m 47s,
4 Michael Curran/Alan Whyte (Ford Escort Mk II) 85m 10s,
5 Garry Jennings/David Moynihan (Mit. Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 85m 26s,
6 Eddie Power/Jonathan McGrath (Toyota Corolla WRC) 85m 50s,
7 Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Mit. Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 86m 03s,
8 Paul Elliott/Brian Doherty (Mit. Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 86m 17s,
9 Ed Synan/Denis O’Connell (Ford Escort Mk II) 86m 17s,
10 Paul McEnroe/Andy Donoghue (Subaru Impreza N14 Gp N) 88m 03s.

1 Jonathan Cunningham/Patrick Cunningham (Civic) 51m 23s,
2 Patrick Kelly/Derek Flynn (Civic) 53m 56s,
3 Kevin O’Connor/Alan Naughton (Peugeot 205) 55m 11s.

Leaders: SS1-8 Patrick Elliot/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS9 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Stage Winners:
SS1 Patrick Elliot/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS2 Patrick Elliot/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS4 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC) 80m 10s,
SS5 Patrick Elliot/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS6 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS7 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC)
Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC) 80m 10s,
SS9 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Preview courtesy of Dunlop proud sponsors of the National Rally Championship

Posted: May 29, 2009 4:29 PM

Sunday's Circuit of Munster marks a crucial point in the current Dunlop National Rally Championship with series leader, Patrick Elliott (Subaru WRC) looking to maintain his unbeaten sequence in the ten round series.

With victories in Nenagh, Castlebar and Tralee, the Cavan ace travels to the Adare based fourth round Circuit of Munster to defend his great run against arch-rival, Niall Maguire, also in a Subaru WRC.  Elliott won the corresponding event last year and will have nothing to fear as he tries to further dilute Maguire's title challenge.  However, with victories in the non-championship events in Monaghan and Cavan, Maguire will be in confident mood.  The former triple Dunlop champion knows that he must prevent Elliott from taking the maximum twenty points on offer to have a realistic chance of a record breaking fourth title.  He was most unlucky on the last championship outing in Tralee where Elliott snatched a last stage victory to win by a six second margin.  Not surprisingly, Maguire was shattered at the manner of that defeat and at the time, even contemplated ending his championship bid.  Now, refreshed with his double in Monaghan and Cavan, the latter on Sunday last, he should be in ebullient form. Third seed, Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) showed good early form in Kerry but retired on the third stage due to a sheared wheel, he gave a tremendous performance in last week's Cavan Rally and pushed Maguire all the way to the final test.

Carrick-on-Shannon's Sean Gallagher, a former Dunlop regular, is seeded at number four in his Subaru WRC.

Meanwhile, in the race for the Patterson's RallyNews Group N award, Clonakilty driver, Kevin Kelleher (Mitsubishi) resumes his bid to land an inaugural national title.  Kelleher took maximum points in Kerry but faces strong opposition in the nine stage Adare based rally.  Clare's, Anthony O'Halloran, Limerick's, Eamonn Daly, Kerry's, Thomas Fitzmaurice, Fermanagh's, Garry Jennings, Donegal's, Trevor Bustard, all in Mitsubishi's and Meath's, Sean Flanagan will also drive a Mitsubishi in Limerick , will all be aiming to maximise their efforts.

Fitzmaurice is the current leader - seven points ahead of Kelleher with Jennings just a point further behind.  Daly will be aiming to fly the local flag.

Top two-wheel drive exponent, Mike Quinn (Ford Escort), heads the standings for the inaugural award.  The modified category features local aces, Ed Synan, Paul Purtill, Gary Reidy and Ed O'Callaghan all in Mk.2 Ford Escorts.  Cork driver, Barry Meade (Escort) returns to competitive action after his suspension following an incident in the Cork Mini Stage Rally last year.

The capacity entry also includes Tim Enright (Mitsubishi), Escort trio, Aidan Walsh, Frank Sweeney and Mick McQuaid, local driver, Peter Cummins (Darrian T90), Paul Elliott (Mitsubishi) and Andrew Bush (Citroen Saxo).

Former Dunlop regular, Tadhg Linehan returns in a Subaru N12B and Irish Forest Championship regular, James Murphy from Limerick, will make the switch to tarmac in his Escort Cosworth WRC.

Final instruction - No 2

Posted: May 29, 2009 5:11 AM

Withdrawals & Reserve List - 11pm 28/05/09

Posted: May 29, 2009 5:09 AM

J11 + R28

next on reserve R12

Withdrawals & Reserve List - 10pm 27/05/09

Posted: May 28, 2009 7:59 AM




Final Instructions - Juniors

Posted: May 28, 2009 7:58 AM

NJRC Circuit of Munster Preview

Posted: May 27, 2009 8:37 PM

After kick starting the first tarmac (Round 4) event of the season last weekend in Cavan, we now head to Limerick for round five at the Circuit of Munster only seven days later. Vincent McAree and Jonathan Cunningham were the only registered competitors out in Cavan but this weekend looks a lot more interesting as the Adare based event has four drivers in the mix and with the event also running a Junior Rally meaning all the drivers will be in the same class should make for a hot pace.

Seeded at J1 is John Byrnes, after a good result last time out in the Midlands Stages where he finished second in class 6 to Chris Meeke will be in a C2R2 which he has acquired in a bid to step up his effort to win the championship. John was divided between using his Honda Civic but feels the Citroen gives him the best way forward.

We have another Limerick man at J3, driving the G3 Escort is John O�Connor. John�s last event was in Carlow just a few weeks ago where he took class 24 honours. John reports the win in Carlow was a good result and sets him up for his home event. John had a test session in the car last weekend, which went well and now looks forward to the stages around Newcastle West.

Next up we have Jonathan Cunningham. Jonathan was the hard luck story last weekend in Cavan. Two punctures on the opening stage left him seven minutes behind the class leader but this just spurred on Jonathan. Over the eight remaining stages he set four fastest times in the class and climbed from twenty-sixth after that first stage to finish twelfth at the finish. Jonathan was on a flight back the UK on Monday as he works as a fabrication technician at M Sport. He will return home on Friday and hopes to get some testing in before next weekend.

From Clonmel we have Chris Malloy in the Peugeot 206. This will be the first event for Chris since early March where he took fourth in class 6 in the Kerry Stages but now is looking forward to this weekend�s event and from there the Ravens Rock Rally in June.

Apart from the registered drivers competing, championship registrar John Quill is expecting new drivers to sign up for the Championship over the weekend.

Withdrawals & Reserve List - Noon 27/05/09

Posted: May 27, 2009 2:50 PM

17, 31, 74, 132, 137, R13, R14, R15


R9 Finbarr Hegarty
R10 Joe Smullen
R11 Niall Walsh
R12 Kevin Lyons
R16 Francis Kelly
R18 Declan Courtney
R19 Martin Kelly
R20 Michael Ryan
R21 Thomas O'Keeffe
R23 David Dunne
R25 Charles O'Neill
R26 Liam Howlett
R27 Declan O'Regan
R28 Philip Callanan
R30 Joseph Monaghan
R31 John Moran

Directions to Scrutiny

Posted: May 27, 2009 7:16 AM

Withdrawals - 25/05/09

Posted: May 26, 2009 10:03 PM

31, 74,

next on reserve R6

Withdrawals - 24/05/09 (Revised)

Posted: May 24, 2009 9:13 PM

should have been R13 withdrawn not R15.

24 121 R5 R13 J14


Final Instructions

Posted: May 22, 2009 3:26 PM

Entry Lists

Posted: May 20, 2009 9:10 AM

Car Driver/Navigator (Make/Model) [Class]
1 Patrick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
2 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
3 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
4 Sean Gallagher/ TBA (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
5 Kevin Kelleher/Martin Kelleher (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
6 Anthony O'Halloran/Charlie McEnery (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
7 Eamon Daly/Anthony O'Connaill (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
8 Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
9 Gary Jennings/David Moynihan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
10 Sean Flanagan/Brian Duggan (Subaru Impreza N12) [4]
11 Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
12 Trevor Bustard/Kenny Bustard (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [4]
14 ED Synan/Denis O'Connell (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
15 Paul Purtill/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
16 Gary Reidy/Diarmuid Falvey (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
17 Edward O'Callaghan/Ger Clancy (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
18 Barry Meade/Liam Moynihan (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
19 Tim Enright/Stephen Buckley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) [8]
20 Aidan Walsh/Jim Casey (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
21 Frank Sweeney/Seamus O'Connor (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
22 Mick McQuaid/Paul Kelly (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
23 Peter Cummins/Sean Dillon (Darrian T90 GTR) [13]
24 Anthony Hand/Emmet Sherry (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
25 Jim McKenna/Thomas Treanor (Toyota Starlet RWD) [11]
26 Pierce Neil/O Leary Enda (Honda Civic) [11]
27 Declan Gallagher/Eoin Gallagher (Toyota Starlet RWD) [11]
28 Paul Elliott/Brian Doherty (Mitsubishi Evo 9) [4]
29 Paul McEnroe/Sorca Kelly (Subaru N14) [4]
30 Tom Curley/ Aidan Mannion (Mitsubishi Evo 9) [4]
31 Andrew Bushe/F Curtin (Citroen Saxo S1600) [6]
32 Tadhg Linehan/ TBA (Subaru Impreza N12B) [4]
33 Eddie Power/Jonathan McGrath (Toyota Corolla WRC) [15]
34 James Murphy/Francis Kenny (Ford Escort Cosworth WRC) [15]
35 Pat Price/Stephen Price (Subaru Impreza N12B) [4]
36 Dan Mulcahy/Donnacha O'Callaghan (Ford Escort RS Cosworth) [15]
37 John O'Sullivan/Niall O'Sullivan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
38 Pat Kelly/Noel Lambert (Subaru Impreza N11) [8]
39 Charlie Hickey/Johnny Hickey (Ford Escort RS) [13]
40 Willliam Cavanagh/Dorothy Cavanagh Woods (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
41 Noel O'Donnell/Ronan Murrin (Peugeot 205 GTi) [12]
42 John McQuaid/David Smyth (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
43 Pat Ryan/Jack Dalton (Ford Escort Mk2) [9]
44 Barry Ryan/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
45 Gerry Casey/Peter O`Toole (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
46 Bob Moran/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
47 Barry Evans/ TBA (Citroen C2 R2) [6]
48 Tony Murphy/Brid Murphy (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
49 John Collins/Jason O'Brien (Honda Civic) [11]
50 Benny Kennedy/Cathal McGrath (Honda Civic Vtec) [11]
51 John Danaher/Martin Mulcahy (BMW M3 Compact) [14]
52 Paddy O Rourke/Tony Healy (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
53 Con Ward/Niall O'Connell (Morris Mini) [9]
54 John O'Donnell/Brendan Furlong (Toyota Starlet RWD) [9]
55 Anthony Collins/Donal Falvey (Honda Civic) [13]
56 Mike Jnr O'Connor/Sinead O'Connor (Mitsubishi Evo) [15]
57 Mike Walsh/Ger Ryan (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
58 Liam Mulcaire/Shane Meade (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
59 William Kenneally/Finbarr Fogarty (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
60 Gerard McQuaid/Gareth Quinlan (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
61 Tommy Flanagan/Leanne Flanagan (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
62 Sean Moran/Con Mulcahy (Toyota Corolla RWD) [11]
63 Kieran Guinan/Alan Higgins (Ford N/a) [12]
64 Eddie Kennelly/TP McNamara (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
65 Eoin Duffin/Brenda Duffin (Ford Escort G4) [12]
66 Pat Barry/Stephen O'Connell (Ford Fiesta Rwd) [14]
67 Tommy O'Sullivan/Mags Costello (Ford Escort RWD6) [13]
68 Eoin Woods/John Shiels (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
69 Joe Baker/Vicky Finn (Honda Civic) [11]
70 Kieran Daly/Keith Moriarty (Ford Puma S1600) [6]
71 Ger O'Brien/Conor Walsh (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
72 Shane Maguire/Stephen Thornton (Peugeot 205) [10]
73 Mark Kane/ TBA (Citroen C2 R2) [6]
74 John S Quill/Alan Hartigan (Citroen C2 R2) [6]
75 Fergal Heney/Murphy Paul (Toyota Corolla Twincam) [11]
76 Richard Burke/Frank Byrnes (Subaru Impreza) [15]
77 Edward Cogan/Tony Shannon (Ford Escort G3) [12]
78 Tom Cahill/Des Sherlock (Mitsubishi Evo 7) [4]
79 Maurice Meskell/Trish Clancy (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [11]
80 Stephen Carey/Eric Deane (Honda Civic) [2]
81 Thomas Doody/Jonathan Keane (Honda Civic) [11]
82 Sean McHugh/Niall Burns (BMW M3 Compact) [14]
83 Kenneth Kelliher/Alan Blennerhassett (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
84 Tony Tuttle/Donna McNamara (Ford Escort) [13]
85 James Power/Declan Kelly (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
86 Brian Liddy/Conor O'Neill (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
87 Michael O'Sullivan/Damien Fleming (Ford Escort) [12]
88 Dominic Naughton/Liam O'Connor (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
89 Jerry O'Callaghan/William Kiely (Toyota TBA) [12]
90 Ian Chadwick/PJ O'Dowd (Peugeot 106 GTi) [6]
91 John Murphy/Martin O'Connor (Subaru Impreza) [8]
92 Mike Costello/Paddy Costello (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
93 Dan Kelleher/ TBA (Ford Escort RS1800) [12]
94 Conor Kelly/Denis Ryan (Opel Corsa) [11]
95 Shane McAuliffe/Brigetta White (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
96 Mike Daly/Cloddagh Madden (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
97 TJ O'Connell/Stephen Casey (Vauxhall Corsa) [10]
98 Joe McCarthy/Noel Spencer (Toyota Corolla GTi) [11]
99 James Doherty/Niall Mullane (Opel Corsa) [9]
100 Niall Shorten/ TBA (Honda Civic) [2]
101 Cirean McKay/John Nugent (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
102 Gordon Dreaper/Derek Bovenizer (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
103 Liam Fitzgibbon/June Fitzgibbon (Mitsubishi Evo 9) [15]
104 Sean Liston/Daniel Browne (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
105 Bernie Roche/TBA (Citreon c2r2 S1600) [6]
106 Hazel O'Callaghan/Kaye Shanahan (Peugeot 106 GTi) [6]
107 Sean Kennedy/Adrian O'Gorman (Toyota Corolla) [11]
108 Eamonn McCafferty/Catherine Levis (Ford Puma) [5]
109 Joe Dowling/Francis Meade (Opel Corsa) [1]
110 Otto Gropler/Chyrstal Culkeen (Ford KA) [5]
111 Jonathan Leonard/Jackie Donaldson (Nissan Micra) [5]
112 Shane Timony/Niall Timony (Ford Puma) [5]
113 Ted O'Connor/ TBA (Subaru Impreza) [8]
114 Henry Nash/ TBA (Opel Manta 400) [12]
115 Denis Dineen/Donal Dineen (Ford Escort) [12]
116 John Cavanagh/Diane Clarke (Ford Escort) [12]
117 James O'Rourke/David O'Rourke (Fiat Punto) [11]
118 John Gleeson/Dan Halpin (Citroen Saxo) [6]
119 Victor Beamish/Andrew Beamish (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
120 Paudie Casey/Liam Diggins (Toyota Corolla RWD) [13]
121 Denis McKerring/Darragh Enright (Toyota Corolla RWD) [11]
122 David Dee/Rita Dee (Morris Mini Cooper S) [9]
123 Richard Bradfield/Michelle McCarthy (Toyota Corolla) [11]
124 James Ryan/Stephen Ryan (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
125 Davie Hallinan/Denny Greaney (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
126 Kieran Murphy/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
127 Jerry Ahern/Dermot Egan (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
128 Michael Conneely/Padraic Callanan (Honda Civic) [6]
129 Batt O'Donoghue/John Riordan (Opel Corsa) [9]
130 John Paul Lernihan/Shane Ryan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4) [1]
131 Anthony Madigan/Donal Balfe (Peugeot 106 GTi) [6]
132 Gerard Hodgins/Aidan Kelly (Ford Escort G3) [14]
133 Brian McNamara/ TBA (Peugeot 205) [10]
134 Philip Darcy/T J Flahive (Toyota Corolla Twincam) [11]
135 Kevin Guinane/Mick Cott (Peugeot 205 GTi) [12]
136 Gerard Slevin/Kieran Phillips (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
137 John Coughlan/Mark Parsons (Ford Escort Mk1) [12]
138 Desmond Roche/Mark O'Sullivan (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
139 Damian Murtagh/Jason Ollerenshaw (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
140 Tom Ryan/David Ryan (Opel Corsa) [9]
141 Steven O'Donovan/Colin Byrne (Ford KA) [5]
142 Paul Curley/Des Daniels (Honda Civic) [2]

Reserve List
R1 Mike Horgan/Mark Doody (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
R2 Mike Dolan/John Conneely (Honda Civic) [11]
R3 Eoin Doyle/Peter Brennan (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
R4 John Hickey/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2 4x4) [15]
R5 Gerry Reilly/tba (Honda Civic) [13]
R6 Michael Curran/tba (Ford Escort Mk3) [14]
R7 Stephen Murphy/Pat Duggan (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
R8 Ciaran Burke/Darina Joyce (Honda Civic Type R) [3]
R9 Finbarr Hegarty/John Murphy (Honda Civic) [9]
R10 Joe Smullen/Paraic Cummins (Peugeot 205 RWD) [13]
R11 Niall Walsh/Shane Linehan (Honda Civic Vtec) [9]
R12 Kevin Lyons/Cathal Mulvihill (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
R13 John Hendy/Martin Costello (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [11]
R14 Michael Fitzgibbon/Ross Kenny (Ford Puma S1600) [6]
R15 Jim Ahern/Tiernach Maguire (Honda Civic) [2]
R16 Francis Kelly/David Murphy (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
R17 John Forde/TJ Deasy (Peugeot 205 GTi) [1]
R18 Declan Courtney/ TBA (Peugeot 106 GTi) [11]
R19 Martin Kelly/Maureen Kelly (Mitsubishi Evo 5) [15]
R20 Michael Ryan/Brendan McCullough (Peugeot 206 XSI) [6]
R21 Thomas O'Keeffe/Donal Keane (Ford Escort) [12]
R22 Christopher Dineen/ TBA (Honda Civic) [11]
R23 David Dunne/Ciaran O'Connor (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
R24 PA Horan/Chris Horan (Vauxhall Nova) [11]
R25 Charles O'Neill/Christopher Dennehy (Honda Civic) [9]
R26 Liam Howlett/Leo Tector (Talbot Sunbeam) [13]
R27 Declan O'Regan/Ryan Dermot (VW Sirocco) [10]
R28 Philip Callanan/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
R29 Chris Molloy/Adam Coffey (Peugeot 206 XSI) [6]
R30 Joseph Monaghan/Simon Monaghan (Honda Cicic) [2]
R31 John Moran/Dave Cummins (Honda Civic) [6]

J1 John Byrnes/Kenneth Sheil (Citroen C2 R2) [16]
J2 Jonathan O'Callaghan/Raymond O'Conail (Peugeot 106 GTi) [16]
J3 John O'Connor/Carrie Moroney (Ford Escort G3) [16]
J4 Patrick Kelly/Derek Flynn (Honda Civic) [16]
J5 Patrick Slattery/Chris Campbell (Honda Civic) [16]
J6 Darren Young/Kenneth Quirke (Honda Civic) [16]
J7 Patrick Divilly/Gerard Divilly (Toyota Corolla RWD) [16]
J8 Kevin O'Connor/ TBA (Peugeot 205 RWD) [16]
J9 George Jagoe /Alan Mulligan (Suzuki Swift) [16]
J10 Brendan O Mahoney/Gerard Conway (Peugeot 205GTi) [16]
J11 Robert O'Regan/Mark Linehan (Honda Civic) [16]
J12 Mark 0 Shaughnessy/Paul O'Shea (Peugeot 106 Xsi) [16]
J13 Calvin Kirby/Denny Courtney (Honda Civic) [16]
J14 Mark Falvey/Colin Moynihan (Ford Escort RS1600) [16]

Time and Distance Schedule

Posted: May 18, 2009 3:31 PM

Posted: May 18, 2009 3:29 PM

Rally Launch
Photo: Keith Wiseman

Entries remain open.

Posted: May 12, 2009 2:56 PM

Entry for main field is full at present, but to ensure a full starters list, late entries will be taken.

There are still spaces in the Junior Rally:
The Rally is a round of the NJRC, with Juniors getting 5 Stages (90 km)

On Line Entry Open

Posted: April 20, 2009 7:56 PM


Posted: April 14, 2009 9:47 PM

Sunday May 31st 2009 sees Limerick Motor Club run their annual Circuit of Munster Rally. The familiar friendly surroundings of The Woodlands House Hotel, Adare will again be HQ and main sponsor of the rally. We are again thankful to Ian Roche of Roche Group / Excel Rallying who remain as an associate sponsor for 2009.

For 2009 we are delighted to announce the support of NewcastleWest Autos- Fiat as an associate sponsor for the Rally. This has been made possible by Ken Heaphy and his team at NewcastleWest Autos situated at Gortboy, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

This year the rally is Round 4 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship and Round 3 of the Top Part West Coast Championship.

Ger Healy will again be the COC and both he and his team have put together a challenging and compact route. This year the stages are located in West limerick taking in roads around NewcastleWest, Tournafulla and Mountcollins.

Centralised service will be in the Castlemahon area. The route should be most enjoyable for both competitors and spectators.

The event kicks off from The Woodlands at 8.30am on May 31st and returns at approx 5pm.

Entries open on Monday April 20th

Event Website

Posted: January 1, 2009 12:01 AM

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