The much anticipated Rallysport-style Banna Rally report – all 49 Kerry crews!

The much anticipated Rallysport-style Banna Rally report – all 49 Kerry crews! 

Here it is, the much anticipated Rallysport-style report on the Banna Beach Resort Kerry Winter Rally – 

I hope I got every car with a Kerry connection – please email if there are more to add to the list – there are 49 crews on this report! 

Photos thanks to Robert Edmund and Ray Corkery 

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6          Colin O’Donoghue/John McElhinney Ford Escort Mk2 4th overall 1ST in class 

Killarney’s Colin O’Donoghue was the top local finisher on Sunday’s Banna Beach Resort Kerry Winter Rally. 

O’Donoghue and his Donegal co-driver John McElhinney entered the final stage near Kileduff in third place overall but a clutch problem in their Ford Escort cost valuable time and dropped to third place.

7          Rob Duggan/Ger Conway       Ford Escort DNF 

Brake and exhaust issues forced their retirement after stage four. They were running as high as third after stage before the problems set in. 

“Tricky day, started off good with a decent time on SS2, but overall struggled with setup and brake issues all day, then the exhaust broke on SS5 so pulled in to prevent any more damage before Killarney in a couple of weeks,” explained Ger. 

14        Mike Quinn/Tony Healy         Ford Escort 10th overall 3rd class 

Local heroes Mike Quinn and Tony Healy needed a wheelbarrow to remove all their trophies from the Banna Beach Resort on Sunday night. They were the top all Kerry Motor Club crew in their Ford Escort Mk2.  Rallying very much on their home patch, they finished tenth overall and won the Donal O’Flaherty Cup which is presented to the highest placed club members in a two-wheel-drive car and were third in the competitive class 14. 

15        Tom Relihan/Maurice McElligott       Ford Escort Mk2 DNF 

“From myself and Tom Relihan we would like to say a massive thank you to Sean Hegarty and his team who worked tirelessly over the past number of weeks to get this rally off the ground in such challenging times,” said Maurice. “Also a big thank you to the marshals, timekeepers and anyone who helped in any way,  cheers guys. without these people, we as competitors would not be able to have our bit of fun …unfortunately due to mechanical issues we had to retire after stage 4 but we had some fun while we were out there and that’s what it’s all about. So once again thanks and looking forward to next year already.”

16        Ed Synan/Denis O’Connell      Ford Escort 17th overall 4th in class 

Killflynn’s Denis O’Connell guided Ed Synan to fourth in class. 

17        Vincent O’Shea/Eoin O’Donoghue     Darrian T90 DNF

Retired at the start of the penultimate stage with clutch issues. With the Darrian illegible for the Historic Rally, Eoin will co-drive for John Hickey in the BMW M3. 

32        Tadhg O’Sullivan/John McCarthy       Ford Escort 44th overall 7th in class

McCarthy has been one of the busiest co-driver this season and as aweel as tackling the entire Northern Ireland Rally Championship alongside John Devlin in a Ford Escort he has also contested Wexford with Peter Wilson in a Ford Fiesta R5. Back with Devlin for next week’s Ulster Rally. 

33        Aidan Buckley/Shane Buckley Ford Escort Mk2 13th overall 3rd in class

 “We were only really out as a warm-up for the historic rally in a few weeks. 

The car went OK and I feel the cobwebs are blown off, so a successful weekend. 

Well done to all involved in running the rally,” says Shane.

35        Eoin Duffin/Mike Cleary         Ford Escort Mk2 39th overall 6th in class 

Nineteenth overall after two stages but a huge moment on SS4 lost 30 seconds and no grip on the last loop dropped then to 39th and 6th in class. 


40        Denis Cronin/Helen O’Sullivan 40th overall 3rd in class 

A very appropriate finishing place for the West Cork man and his Kilgarvan co-driver. The 1995 winner of the Kerry Winter Rally will celebrate 40 years in the sport on the Historic Rally later this month. 

42        Darren Young/Sean Walsh     Honda Civic 25th overall 1ST in class 

Darren Young and Sean Walsh were the comfortable class 11F winners in their Honda Civic – could have finished higher, they got a stage interruption time on SS2 when they were the first crew to clear the stage in full after the blockage. Joint leader of the Kingdom of Kerry Rally Series after the day. 

44        Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy Subaru Legacy RS 34th overall 2nd in class 

Second in class was Alan Ring’s reward for his second day out in his newly built Subaru Legacy RS.

49        Mark Falvey/James O’Brien Ford Escort 42nd 4th in class 

Mark Falvey and James O’Brien were just one place behind Denis Cronin and Helen O’Sullivan in a similar Ford Escort – setting up a nice duel in Killarney later this month. 

52        Fergus O’Meara/John Falvey  Ford Escort Mk2 47th overall 1ST in  class

Happy enough with their first day out in their new car, and first time in a Historic-spec car, as Fergus got used to driving without power-steering and smaller brakes.  

53        Denis Hickey/Sean Nolan       Ford Escort 38th overall 5th

Car is one piece ahead of the Historic Rally and that is all that mattered to the Glenflesk crew. 

54        Thomas Randles/JJ Cremin     Ford Escort Mk2 52nd overall 8 in class 

Thomas Randles drove the famous 88 LK 1000 to eight in his class, the car won the Kerry Winter Rally 30 years ago in the hands of Declan Wilmott.

56        Sean Hickey/Noel Fleming      Toyota Starlet RWD 57th overall 4th in class 

Lost a podium place by two seconds, lost a lot more than that by clouting a Desmond’s Grave ditch and spinning, and partially blocking the stage, near the end of stage two.  

57        John Daly/JohnJoe Daly          Subaru Impreza 555 45th overall 1ST in class

Son and father crew John Daly and JohnJoe Daly from Listowel won class 15 a Subaru Impreza 555.

63 Luke McCarthy/Brian Duggan        Ford Escort 49th overall 5th in class 

“Lying second historic crew after SS3, a heavy impact with a ditch on SS4 cost over one minute.

The service crew did a brilliant job to get the car straightened up at service. An old set of tyres was put on for the final loop to have some fun on what became very slippery stages,” says Brian.


67        Ray Hilliard/Brian Commons  Ford Escort 63rd overall 10th in class 

Listowel man Ray made the trip home from London for the event. He was one of three London-based Kerry competitors on the rally. Having entered in the Historic section he was forced to run in the modified class because Ford Escort Mk1S did not have boot door spoilers in period- seemingly. 

68        Todd Falvey/Iarla McCarthy   Ford Escort RS1800 67th overall 2nd in class

 “Tried new compound tyres for the day but the rears were a little too hard especially with the conditions underfoot as everyone experienced. The car ran faultlessly again, it wasn’t a day to push to the limit as judging grip levels was impossible. Enjoyed the last loop more as we were getting used to the roads. Thanks to Donal Healy Motorsport for service, good to bring the car home unscathed,” says Todd. 

69        Mark Kane/Pat Cashman        Subaru Impreza DNF 

Did not start, a timing belt issue on the shakedown ended their weekend too soon. They spent hours in a Tralee shed on Saturday night trying to solve the problem but to no avail. Mark woke up Sunday morning and instead of being depressed about it, put his hand in his pocket and put up cash prizes for the junior rally. 

70        PJ O’Dowd/Padraig Brick        Talbot Sunbeam DNF 

A blown head gasket on SS4 ended the Kerry Motor Club chairman’s run. 

71        Con Lucey/Lee Guerin Ford Escort Mk2 51st overall 9th in class 

Con Lucey and Lee Guerin managed to put the gearbox issues that forced retirement in Wexford behind then to record their first finish as a team in their Ford Escort Mk2.

74        Phillip McCribben/Tommy Commane Ford Escort DNF 

Retired after stage 4, while fourth in class, reason unknown.

78        Mark O’Leary/Peter Falvey     Toyota Starlet 73rd overall     3rd in class 

The Cork/Kerry team were third in class nine.                       

79        Denis Nagle/Donagh Crowley Nissan Micra 60th overall 1st in class 

“Really enjoyed the day, the stages were class and very tricky in places, they had a bit of everything in them. Fair play to Sean Hegarty and all at Kerry motor club for running a top-class event,” says Denis.

83        Raymond O’Neill/Padraig Donovan    Ford Escort 48th overall 2nd in class 

Raymond O’Neill continues to come to terms with his new Escort taking second in class 12

86        Conor Walsh/Sean Mulvihill   Ford Escort Mk2 62ND overall 5th in class 

Conor Walsh and Sean Mulvihill made their rally debut on Sunday, the Listowel crew took fifth in class 12 in another Ford Escort.

88        Eddie Kennelly /Paul McGlinchey       Ford Escort Mk2 88th overall 9th in class

Who did the seeding? Eddie and Paul finished where they started – 88! 

90        Ray Stack/Gene Stack Ford Escort DNF 

The high kerb on the Desmond’s Grave stage damaged a compression strut, they struggled through the test but the damaged component finally gave up at the car park near the end of the stage. 

91        Mark Murphy/Michael Hamilton Toyota Starlet 30th overall 1st in class 

Killarney’s Mark Murphy and his County Clare co-driver Michael Hamilton won class 11R in their Toyota Starlet. Joint leader of the Kingdom of Kerry Rally Series after the day. 

“I had a very enjoyable rally, the stages were a mix of everything so it was great for learning and getting used to a new car, it was a hassle-free rally for us,” says Mark. 

92        Donal Flynn/Niall Myers         Toyota Corolla Twin Cam

Donal Flynn and Niall Myers finished fourth in Class 11R in a Toyota Corolla. 

93        Chris Browne/Denny Greaney            Toyota Corolla Twincam 78th overall 8th in class 

“Fantastic rally, well run from start to finish. It was Chris’ first time in RWD and he played a blinder. Well done to Kerry Motor Club and all involved,” says Denny. 

94        Katie Quinn/Michelle Quinn   Honda Civic 79th overall 2nd in class

Mike Quinn’s daughters Katie and Michelle Quinn won the Ladies Award in their Honda Civic. It was Michelle’s first rally as a co-driver- she previously contested the Kerry Rallysprint. They were lucky to make the finish after a distributer issue caused problems in the control area before the final stage. However, competitor Alan O’Sullivan from Annascaul was able to fix it for them.  

95        Alan O’Sullivan/Mark Doody  Ford Escort 80th overall 8th in class

See above – trouble-free run in their first outing in a new Ford Escort.  

96        Colin Fisher/Eoin Collins         Citroen C2 DNF

“Unfortunately we lost power steering on SS2 and struggled to get through the stage, we located the issue in service but could not rectify it, so a very short day for us,” says Colin. 

111      Sean Hartnett/Kevin Tydings  Ford Escort Mk2 DNF 

Met a rally car facing the wrong way on SS2, the fright trying to avoid that incident distracted them and they crashed on the next corner – cruel luck for the Ballybunnion team. 

115      Patrick Lawlor/John O’Flaherty          Vauxhall Nova 95th overall 5th in class 

Ardfert crew Patrick Lawlor and John O’Flaherty were fifth in class nine in their Vauxhall Nova.

117      Brian Doherty/Colin Fitzgerald           Ford Fiesta 83rd overall 5th in class 

Killarney’s Brian Doherty and his Cork co-driver Colin Fitzgerald were fifth in class five in their Ford Fiesta.

118      Alan Costello/Paddy Costello Ford Escort Mk2 74th overall 1ST in class 

“On our second day out since Killarney Historic in 2019 and after a non-finish there it was great to get a finish under our belts after all the hard work gone into the car. Thanks to the lads in service, our sponsors and of course the marshals,” says Alan. 

121      David Griffin/Jarrod Murphy  Toyota Corolla GT 97th overall 1st in class

Jarrod Murphy, son of Patie Murphy of 23 and half hour recovery fame, was on his first rally. A blown left-rear tail lamp bulb was the crew’s only problem all day.  

128      Maurice Browne/James Browne        Ford Escort Mk2 88th overall 9th in class 

Brothers Maurice Browne and James Browne, another arm of the Brosna family, took ninth place in their class in a Ford Escort.

129      Jamie O’Rourke/Patrick Brislane        Honda Civic eg6105th overall 5th in class 

Jamie O’Rourke and Patrick Brislane had to rely on SuperRally rules to get their Honda Civic to the finish.

131      Mick Smith /Sean Moriarty                Hillman Avenger 100th overall 2nd in class 

The chairman of London Irish Motor Club made the long trip home to Kerry to contest his first ‘Banna’! The only trouble all day was a cranky navigator! 

133      Cyril Casey/Elaine NÍ Shé                                Ford Fiesta R2  77th overall third in class 

West Kerry’s Elaine NÍ Shé guided Cyril Casey to third in their class in a Ford Fiesta R2.

134      Colm Browne/ Michael Browne         Ford Escort G3 56th overall 3rd in class 

Colm Browne and Michael Browne, part of the Browne rally family from Brosna were on their first rally and took third in class 12 in their G3 Escort – they caught a heap of cars on each stage.  

139      Declan O’Sullivan/Sean Marsh           VW Golf Mk2 102nd overall 3rd in class 

Usually, it is a son that follows his father into the sport but Declan took Alan’s lead on this occasion – he was on his first-ever rally! 

155      Robert Falvey/Declan Casey 86th overall 4th in class Casey, a metalwork teacher in Rathmore guided his former student who was on his first rally. Declan is chasing third overall on the Welsh championship this weekend in Mid-Wales. Their car is well-known in Kerry too… ex Con Randles and Barry Duggan!



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