Why the Kerry rally community should support Ina Tuite Ferris, 75, who is shaving her hair for Motor Neurone Disease.

The local motorsport community should get behind the efforts of Ina Tuite Ferris, 75, who is shaving her hair for Motor Neurone Disease.

Her family connections to motorsport run deep but they may not be obvious. 

She is raising the money in memory of her late brother  Stocky O’Mahony who died of Motor Neurone Disease , six years ago, at the age of 72.

On one side of her family, her late husband Bernard Tuite, was an uncle of the late and great Rory Galligan. 

Rory, from Oldcastle in County Meath, was one of Ireland’s top rally talents, winning the Billy Coleman Award in 2000 before becoming the Peugeot 106 Super Cup Champion the following season.

In 2004 he won the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo title, which gave him a Mitsubishi works seat for the 2005 British Rally Championship. Although he took five Production Class victories, he missed out on the title by one point. 

Rory Galligan on the 2006 Ulster Rally

Sadly his career was cut short in 2006 by Motor Neurone Disease and he died in 2012 aged just 39. 

Ina’s son John is the MD at TLI, one of the biggest supporters of local rallying over the years. John has run marathons to raise funds for  Motor Neurone Disease.

“Stocky had no interest in the trappings of wealth or material possessions, he just seemed to collect friends; he had them everywhere. I am appealing to you, his friends to help us donate to this very worthy cause. This one’s for you Stocky, we miss you everyday, life is not the same without you,” said Ina.

She will shave her hair on May 30, the last Sunday in May and all donations will go towards Motor Neurone Disease.

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