Local retailers get Kerry-published rally book just in time for Christmas.

Rally fans are going to have just two days to get their hands on a copy of the limited edition “Icons of Irish Rallying.”

The book, published by Headford man Michael O’Mahoney, will go on local sale from today (Wednesday 23) in Moriarty’s Centra, Farranfore, Eason Killarney, O’Connor’s Killarney and Polymaths Bookstore Tralee.

“Icons of Irish Rallying.” is an informal history of rallying in Ireland from the 1960s to the present day and is a compendium of personal tales produced by 75 people who have been the beating heart of rallying on the island for over the past 50 years.

The book has been compiled and published by O’Mahoney, who is the managing director of Rentokil Initial in Ireland, which has supported Irish Rallying for several years, through its support of the Killarney Historic Rally.

“There is an incredible heritage of motorsports genius, passion and characters in Irish rallying.  It would be a great opportunity missed not to capture this while we still can,” he said. “Above all, it shows the great unifying force which rallying has been between people of all creeds and political views throughout the island of Ireland and further afield,”

“Icons of Irish Rallying” casts a wide net over the memories, told in their own words, of a broad cross-section of the drivers, co-drivers, organisers and media personalities involved in Irish Rallying from the 1960s to the present day. One of the great aspects of rallying in Ireland is that it has always operated on an all-island basis and this is very much reflected in the book.

The books include contributions from: Rosemary Smith, Billy Coleman, Alastair Fisher, Ronan Morgan, Michael O’Carroll, Louise Aitken Walker MBE, Austin McHale, Paul Nagle and Craig Breen.

The book is also available by texting to + 353 (089) 221 3968 but Christmas delivery cannot be guaranteed at this late stage.

It costs €25 plus post and packaging.  Include names, address, postal code and email address.

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