2010 Kenmare (Killarney) Historic Stages Rally - CANCELLED

Posted: January 24, 2011 12:13 PM - 20598 Hits

Kenmare (Killarney) Historic Stages Rally - 5 Dec 10
Final Round - 2010 Southern 4 Rally Championship (Historics)
Round 1 - 2011 Tarmac Historic Rally Championship

2010 Kenmare (Killarney) Historic Stages Rally - Cancelled

Posted: January 24, 2011 12:13 PM

It is with great sadness and regret that the Killarney and District Motorclub have to announce, the cancellation of the postponed 2010 Kenmare Historic Stages Rally.

As a result of the inclement weather on Dec 5th 2010 the Killarney and District Motorclub had to postpone the running of the rally due to health and safety for spectators, officals and competitors.
An application was made to Motorsport Ireland’s Rallys Committiee for a new date to run the Historic rally on the 22nd January 2011 as there were no other rallying events due to take place on this date, this date was turned down by the Rallys Committiee, so the club looked for another date to reschedule the event, unfortunately due to the close proximity to other rallying events around the country the club felt it would not be possible to run the postponed event. Competitors who have entered the rally will receive a full refund from the Killarney and District Motorclub in the coming weeks.
Clerk of the course Kevin Flannery added
“I am very disappointed that the event was not given a new date as a lot of time and effort had been put into the organizing of the event. I feel so very sad for all the club members who put in so much hard work into getting the stages ready, the competitiors who were looking forward to competing at the event, and for it all to be stopped by the weather, that was out of the clubs control was unfortunate.
Every effort has been made by the Killarney and District Motorclub to secure a new date but this was all in vain, as a new date could not be found. I would like to say thank you to all of the sponsors, the Kenmare Chamber of Commerce, The Irish Daily Star Sunday Newspaper, Sapphire Signs and 2011 Barbados Historic Rally Carnival. I look forward to seeing you all down in Kenmare for the 2011 Historic stages rally on the 3rd and 4th of December 2011”.

Kenmare Historic Stages Rally Postponed

Posted: December 3, 2010 11:25 AM

In view of the deteriorating weather conditions in the South West, Killarney & District Motor Club, organisers of the Kenmare Historic Stages Rally, have been forced to postpone the event.

While the route remained clear of snow and ice through out the week this morning brought snow to the area and with sub zero temperatures forecast for the next two nights a decision to postpone was taken this morning.

In addition it had become clear that a significant number of competitors would find it impossible to make the journey to Kenmare, given the country-wide state of the roads.

The club intends to apply to Motorsport Ireland for an alternative date for the event either later in the month or early in 2011.

It is with regret that the Club has had to take this decision, the firs time in its 33 year history that it has had to cancel a rally, but the safety of competitors has to be the overriding factor in circumstances such as these.

Latest News from Kenmare

Posted: December 2, 2010 5:55 PM

A fresh spring like sunny day over Kenmare town this morning was not what Met Eirean was telling the rest of the country. A blanket of snow is covering Dublin but Kenmare was greeted by sun to keep away any frost and snow from the stages of the 2010 Kenmare Historic Stages Rally. With only three days left before the rally on Sunday the 5th, the Killarney Motor Club are driving the stages daily to keep the competitors informed on the condition of the roads.

Clerk of the Course Kevin Flannery said
“Stages are as good today as they are for the International Rally in May but a bit cold. I have a crew at the ready to go and salt the roads if they start to get a bit icy but with the weather forcast giving 6C for the weekend, I am very happy with the way things are progressing.
Kevin added that some people were concerned about if the rally was going to go ahead,
"it is a 100% yes the rally will go ahead, some people are going on heresay that it will, it wont, I ask anyone who wants to know anthing about the event to ring myself or any of the team in Killarney Motor club directly to get upto the minute details, and if anyone needs accomodation there is still some rooms available at Rally HQ”

Entries are stll being accepted up to Friday evening.
The Kenmare Historic Stages Rally is the last rally of a great 2010 season.

Weather for Kenmare

Posted: December 1, 2010 2:46 PM

Marshal Meeting Points (Including GPS Coords)

Posted: November 30, 2010 5:11 PM

Entries Available / Stages Snow Free!

Posted: November 28, 2010 10:42 PM

The Killarney & District Motor Club are continuing to accept entries for the Kenmare Historic Rally until Friday the 3rd of December. Clerk of the course Kevin Flannery and his committee have been on the stages over the weekend and have given the stages the all clear.
The south west has escaped the worst of the weather that has swept across the north of the country.
The weather forecast for Kenmare for the Rally weekend is a high of 6 degrees down to a low of 3 degrees in the evening with an easterly wind.
70 plus entries have been received to date, Kevin and his team are happy with progress “so far so good and it’s full steam ahead no matter what the weather throws at us”.

For more details on the rally go to

Killarney/Kenmare Classic Winter Run - (Sat) 4 Dec 10

Posted: November 28, 2010 10:40 PM

Rally Launch

Posted: November 24, 2010 7:57 PM

Photo: Ray Gavin

At the Launch of the Kenmare Historic Stages Rally held at the BrookLane Hotel, Rally fans were greeted by a display of Historic, Post Historic, Classic and Modified Rally cars. Clerk of the Course Kevin Flannery told the large crowd that it was full steam ahead, and he was delighted with 70+ entries recevied so far, and it was great boost for all the Killarney & District Motor Club members who have put in many hours to get the event ready for the 5th of December, but with cráic agus Céol in the pubs, perpetual trophys, great prizes to be won by the competitiors and some new stages for this years event there will be something for everyone at this years event.

Last years Historic winner Ray Cunningham added, I am going for three in a row and with such a strong entry it is going to be hard work to get to the top step at the finish. Ray will also be raising funds at this years rally, for the Irish Charity Bee’s for Battens and got his wee Mini Cooper all signed up with Bee’s for the event.
The large crowd might have been shy about standing in when the photos were been taken, but they were not shy in getting the point across, that it was going to be great, to be taking on such world renowned stages and even some new stages that had been picked for this years event. Kevin also told the large crowd that the rally program will be on sale in Kenmare, Killarney and surrounding areas from Friday the 26th of November.

Ray Cunningham supporting "Bees for Battens"

Posted: November 24, 2010 7:42 PM

Ray Cunningham with COC Kevin Flannery.
Photo: Ray Gavin

Entry List & Final Instructions

Posted: November 24, 2010 7:27 PM

Available on Club website:

Colin McRae Vision Award - Fastest Modified Mk2 on Molls Gap

Posted: November 16, 2010 2:44 PM

This year's rally will include a new award: The Colin McRae Vision Award for the fastest Modified Ford Escort Mk2 on the Molls Gap stage.

Additional Class for the Kenmare Historic Rally (Manta/Ascona/Chevette)

Posted: November 16, 2010 2:41 PM

Killarney and District Motor Club have announced that the Rallies Committee of Motorsport Ireland have granted permission for the inclusion of an additional class for the Kenmare Historic Stages Rally on December 5th.

This class will cater for the following cars, Vauxhall Chevette, HS & Chevette HSR, Opel Ascona 400 & Opel Manta 400.

All these cars will compete in Class 25 and will be eligible for class awards only.

Regulations are now available

Posted: October 27, 2010 9:32 AM

Entry Forms and Regulations for the 2010 Kenmare Historic Stages rally on the 5th of December are now avalable to download from the club website.
The Kenmare historic stages rally is supported by the Kenmare.ie, The Irish Daily Star Sunday Newspaper, and Sapphire Signs.

Win a PRIZE to compete in the Rally Barbados Historic Rally Carnival Rally at the Kenmare Historic Rally.

Posted: October 8, 2010 3:17 PM

The Killarney Motor Club and the 2011 Barbados Historic Rally Carnival are offering a once in a life time prize for any competitor who enters and starts the 2010 Historic stages rally based in Kenmare Co Kerry on the, 5th of December.

The prize for the winner will be an all inclusive trip to compete in the 2011 Barbados Historic Rally Carnival, (two return flights from London, return shipping for one car to and from Barbados including port charges & brokerage fees, entry to the Historic Rally and Rally Sprint including '3rd party' competition & road-going insurance, one double hotel room for 12 nights, 5 rally sprint pit passes and lots of Partying.)

All names from the starters list of the Historic rally 2010 will be put into a draw and the winners of the trip to Barbados will be drawn from that hat at prize giving on the night of the 5th at rally headquarters the Brook Lane Hotel.

Diarmuid Cronin Chairman of Killarney Motor club said “Killarney Motor Club are honored to have been chosen by the organisers of Rally Barbados to give one of the rally crews who started the Historic rally a once in a life time Rally prize”.

Thursday the 14th of July:
The Barbados Rally Carnival starts, when the winning of the prize arriving on the Island of Barbados.

Friday the 15th:
Prepare cars in the morning, scrutiny at Bagatelle at 3pm, welcome party at 7pm.

Saturday the 16th:
The Rally Sprint at Barbados Bushy Park Raceway than prize giving and party afterwards.

Sunday the 17th:
When the rally sprint over, theirs is than a week of fun in the sun, with a party cruise on MV Baccaneer starting at noon,

Monday the 18th:
Recce for the crews,

Wednesday the 20th:
Drivers briefing and a party at Lucky Horseshoe Bar until late.

Saturday the 23 July:
The Carnival’s BRC Summer Stages Rally starts at mid-day and finishes later into the dark with a night stage.

Sunday the 24th:
The Historic Rally official results posting and prize-giving at Surfside Beach Bar, Holetown at noon until late.

Tue the July 26th:
Coaches from hotel to airport for trip home.

The historic’s and the modern classes will compete over 75km of closed public asphalt roads through the north of the island. It runs into Saturday night, for a true taste of historic rallying.

Barbados is world famous for it's tropical beaches and island lifestyle and things move at a slow pace there on a normal day, but all that peace and quite will be shatters when some of the best Irish Historic rally crew’s and the winner of this great prize land on the island for 12 days of Parting with some rallying in between”.

Sapphire Signs/Kenmare Historic Stages Rally 5th of December

Posted: October 7, 2010 1:16 PM

Killarney Motor Club are pleased to announce that Sapphire Signs will be the signage partner for the upcoming Historic stages rally in December. Sapphire Signs are one of the most technologically advanced and professional signage companies in Ireland, and will produce all the door number, decals, sponsors signage and car stickers for the rally from their six purpose built 22,000 square feet premises.

Brendan Dennehy of Sapphire Signs said
“We at Sapphire Signs are once again delighted to be associated with the Killarney Motor Club for the Historic Rally. We use the rally to showcase the company’s talent, of making a wide variety of signs for the event. Our motto, Right, First Time, On Time, All the Time will help in the smooth running of this year’s event”.

Sapphire Signs is located in Rathmore in the Kingdom of Kerry and have a staff with a vast amount of experience and expertise offering a personal touch and quality service to their customers.

Clerk of the course for the Historic rally in December is Kevin Flannery, he explained why having a sign company at his disposal, was a great help for the running of the rally.
“When running such a big event, a club needs a lot of signs and stickers to direct all the competitors, sponsors, locals and spectators to their appropriate locations during the rally. Sapphire Signs are the right company for the job as they have extensive experience in dealing with all types and sizes of businesses, from a single vehicle small business, to large corporate fleet enterprises and I am chuffed to have them back with us again as signage sponsors for the Rally.”

Sapphire signs was established in 1989 and are your one stop shop for all your companies signage needs.

Round 1 - 2011 Tarmac Historic Rally Championship

Posted: October 6, 2010 9:48 AM

The Tarmac Rally Organisers Association (TROA) have announced that the Killarney Motor club’s Historic Rally based in Kenmare will be round one of the 2011 Irish Historic Tarmac Rally Championship. Clerk of the course for the rally Kevin Flannery was delighted with the news
“ This years event is really starting to take shape, the Star Sunday came on board as media sponsor and now we kick off the 2011 Irish Historic Tarmac Rally Championship season what can I say brilliant”
The Kenmare based event will take place on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of December.

Championship Manager Don Wilmont added
“It is great to get the Killarney motor club’s Historic Rally into the 2011 Irish Historic Championship, the club has such a long history with rallying and is known throughout the world of rallying, for the classic and world famous stages around the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula, I know all the Historic competitors will be delighted to be going down to Kenmare to rally these great stages”
with the addition of the Killarney event the 2011 Irish Historic Tarmac Rally Championship now offers the Historic rally competitor a six round championship starting in Kenmare Co Kerry in December going right up to the Ulster Rally in August and finishing with the Cork 20 in October with Galway, the Circuit of Ireland, and the Rally of the Lakes in between.”

The Killarney historic rally is supported by the Kenmare Chamber of Commerce, The Irish Daily Star Sunday Newspaper, and Sapphire Signs.

Irish Daily Star Sunday - media sponsor for the 2010 Killarney Historic stages rally

Posted: September 10, 2010 11:42 PM

The Killarney Motor Club are pleased to announce that The Irish Daily Star Sunday will be the media sponsor for the 2010 Killarney Historic stages rally.

This year’s rally takes place on the 4th and 5th December. The event will be based in Kenmare in the Brook Lane Hotel and will be using classic stages of Molls gap, Borlin, Glengarriff Wood, and Liberty Hall. The proposed route will be 125 Km long and will have classes for Historic, Post Historic, Classic, Modified and Juniors.

The Killarney Historic Rally was voted as the best European Historic rally by the competitors in 2004.

Speaking today Clerk of the Course Kevin Flannery said
“it’s great to get Ireland’s number one sporting Sunday newspaper Star Sunday on board as the media sponsor for this rally. It is a great endorsement to all the people who have helped with the organising and running of this event since 1996 that such a big name in the media world is now associated with this great annual event, and with the help of Star Sunday we can now keep the Killarney Historic rally at the top of Historic Rallying through out Europe”

Star Sunday sports editor Gavan Becton said
“The Star Sunday team is delighted to be involved with the Killarney Motor club for the Historic rally. Star Sunday will keep all motorsport fans up-to-date on news for this event and we’ll be revealing a few big names due to travel down to Kenmare for the rally”.

Preliminary Details

Posted: August 24, 2010 11:39 AM

- HQ - Brooklane Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
- 1 Day Format - Sunday 5th December (Recce Saturday 4th of December)
- New Route for 2010 - 130kms over classic Stages
- More Details soon or Email: kevflan1@gmail.com

Club / Rally Website

Posted: January 1, 2010 12:01 AM

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