Introduced by “… lets meet a man who knows about Ford Escorts”, John Moynihan who runs his rallying workshop on the West End in Millstreet, appeared on a special edition of RPM Motorsport which was covering the inaugural running of the “Historic Stages Halloween Rally” which was run in Carrick-on-Suir, where stars of the 1970s and 80s competed.
Congrats to Tom Murphy Jnr. from Tullig last week won the Junior section of the Irish Forest Rally Championships in his Peugeot 205 GTi. Even though he failed to finish in the final round of the series, his main competitor Ian Downey also failed to finish, thus leaving Tom to take the title, becuase of the points he had notched up in the previous five rounds.
THE RETRO DRIFT TOUR
On the morning of Sat 13th November, the Irish Escort Club will be gathering at Darby O’Gills Hotel in Killarney for a breakfast stop before heading off at 11am on a fun run which includes Molls Gap, Kenmare, Healy Pass, Glengarriffe, Kealkil, Dunmanway, Bandon and finishing at the Viaduct Inn in Cork City for dinner. The route covers a total of 160 kms and promises to be very enjoyable indeed. All classic ford owners are welcome to attend this event.
There is an overnight halt in the Quality Hotel in Youghal on Sat Night and on Sun 14th there is a 3 hr session booked at Watergrasshill Karting Track from 10am till 1pm where there will be a drifting demonstration to [read more …] “Irish Ford Escort Owners Club – Killarney Fun Run”
In-car Camera Footage of Ed O’Callaghan & Ger Clancy in their Ford Escort Mk2. This is Stage 11 of the 2010 OrchardMotorsport.com Cork 20 International Rally around which started near Aubane Cross, made its way around up to and around Kilcorney, and finished near the top of the Brandy (near the highest point of the mountain road to Cork over Mushera). [read more …] “Kilcorney stage of the Cork ’20’”
The sounds of roaring engines comes to the Millstreet area today as the Cork 20 Rally comes close to Millstreet. There are a number of stages around Mullaghanish, Kilmeedy to Ballydaly and also around Mushera. To know the exact routes, you will have to get a programme whichare available locally at Colemans Garage, and at Centra (West End).
Local lads in the Rally are:
#80 Declan Buckley/Ollie Kierce Ford Escort
#82 Liam Dennehy/John Lynch Honda Civic
#69 Connie Tarrant/Timie O Callaghan Skoda Fabia VRS
#93 John O’Sullivan/Denny O’Riordan Toyota Corolla
On Saturday, 12th June 2010 an inspiring group which included Finbarr Leahy (with beard) and his many Friends and Family members took a refreshment break at Coleman’s Garage in Minor Row, Millstreet during a sponsored motor bike run from Cork onwards to north Co. Cork returning to Ballincollig Rugby Club – all in aid of the Irish Kidney Association. The enthusiastic group were given a Garda Escort during the trip. We also recorded a brief interview for LTV2 to be broadcast in the Autumn. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie ) [read more …] “Irish Kidney Association Bike Run”
The Rallyschool.com.au Irish duo of Charlie Drake (Derinagree) and Eoin Moynihan (Ballydaly) are counting down the days until the next round of the Australian Rally Championship gets under way in Coffs Harbour on the 14th – 16th May. The pair are fired up after recording their best ever result in a NSW State Championship round, the Lithgow event, where they finished third overall.
“We were really happy with the result in Lithgow and to finish third overall was a great boost for our confidence. We were seeded car 16 so to have a joint fastest stage time and be consistently in the top three was really encouraging, so now we are really looking forward to Coffs,” Charlie said.
For those going to the Killarney Rally of the Lakes which will be in Millstreet this Saturday (May 1st), here’s a couple of Billy Coleman videos of in-car footage from the 1986 Circuit of Ireland rally, and also one of Colin McRae on Molls Gap to get you in the mood:
The Saturday Stages will be 3 special stages ran twice and 1 evening special stage ran once with centralized service in Millstreet. Day 2 Sunday, the stages are 3 special stages ran twice service on Sunday is in Milltown and the rally will finish with one final stage, before the winners are announced at the finish ramp at the Gleneagle Hotel.
Not too many locals competing in the rally this year, probably because of the excessive entry price of €850. Only three sort of locals in the race:
#53 Brendan Dennehy (‘S’ signs)
#9 Alan Ring (munster joinery)
#52 Stephen Linehan (bio-tech)
Timetables and maps are available in local shops along and near the routefor €10. The closest to Millstreet are: Guerins Ballydaly, Dennehy’s Shop, Coleman’s, Anglands (Dromagh). Service in Millstreet is due to start at 12:30pm Saturday, and will probably last 3+ hours, from the first in to the last out.
This article was originally posted on March 26th 2010
Photo of Kevin Hickey and Derry Healy from last weekends West Cork Rally. Kevin went on to finish 5th in the historic section. Check out the results and newly added photos of the local competitors from the weekend.
The West Cork Rally is on this coming Saturday and Sunday, and there are a number of competitors from the Millstreet area which are listed below. If you’re down there for the weekend, check out how the lads are getting on.
#94 Michael Kelleher John Doody Millstreet Escort MK 2 10
H 2 Todd Falvey Dan Barry Killarney 911 Carrera RSR 16
H 5 Mark Falvey Colin Moynihan Millstreet Escort 16 F
H 9 Kevin Hickey Derry Healy Millstreet Escort MK1 16
The list of competitors are those I could find. There’s probably some co-drivers from Millstreet that I haven’t noticed too. Check out the rally website for more details, the full entry list is here. Thanks to Kevin for the heads up, and he would like to wish everyone competing the best of luck.
Billy Coleman was Irelands most successful rally driver ever. He first came to province in 1969 in rather tatty self-prepared green Mark I Escort (TIU 250) on the Circuit of Ireland when he took special stage time off the works Escort of Rodger Clark which was almost unheard of at the time. Billy was born in 1948 in Millstreet. From an early age he developed an interest in motor cars, confessing for the bug when he sat up on his fathers knee to drive the car when he was five years old. His father owned a garage in Milstreet and was the Ford Main Dealer which helped nurture Billy’s interest in cars.
Billy is famous in rallying circles all over Ireland for his exploits in the 70s and 80s, in Ireland, Britain, and even as far away as Poland, Corsica and Monte Carlo.
A DVD on Billy’s exploits in the Irish Tarmac Championship is available to buy from Murray Motorsport amongst others.
Also added below are loads photos of the cars that he drove.
Check out the off road ‘moment’ at 5:30 in the above video! – “I was thankful that the tyres found some grip and just barely pulled the car away from the rock bank”
Charlie Drake and Eoin Moynihan took Premier League honours in last weekend’s Rally Tasmania. Here’s Charlie’s report on the weekend…..
We had a really good weekend in Tassie and are happy we got the premier league points which was the aim for the weekend.
It was a last minute decision to do Rally Tasmania but I had never been there and I’d always wanted to try a tarmac rally so on the day the entries closed I rang Dasher(Darren Williams) and asked him could the car be repaired from the off in Batemans Bay last year? I got my answer quickly and it was a BIG NO…. but a miracle happened and the boys made the impossible possible. We were three hours late for scrunity – that’s how last minute the final car assembly was…….
Eoin Moynihan (Ballydaly) and Charlie Drake (Derinagree) are currently taking part in group N of WRC Australia (3rd to 5th September). The two have been in Australia for a few years, and have started rallying recently, under Charlie’s own motorsport team Celtic Motorsport. They are driving a Subaru Impreza WRX N4 for this race.