Are you home for the rally? Irish abroad return for Rentokil-Initial Killarney Historic Rally.

Are you home for the rally? Irish abroad return for Rentokil-Initial Killarney Historic Rally.

The Rentokil-Initial Killarney Historic Rally always had a reputation of attracting a strong overseas entry and this year is no exception.

Just over 25 crews entered in the rally have done so with an overseas address, and given the times we live in, this is a very good number.

A noticeable trend this year is the arrival of Irish people who live abroad and who have committed to the rally.

At least seven cars, swelled by members of the London Irish Motor Club can be described as returning home for the rally.

The top seed in this respect is event favourite, Craig Breen. The World Rally Championship star lives in Andora these days.

Kerry man Ray Hilliard, a member of the London Irish Motor Club has returned to his native Kerry for his second rally this year. He already contested the Banna Beach Resort Kerry Winter Rally earlier this month in his Ford Escort Mk1.

Joining him on the entry list is London Irish chairman Mick Smith. He is originally from High St (where Foley’s Townhouse is now situated) and he like his clubmate Hilliard is tackling his second Kerry rally this year in his Hillman Avenger.

Joe Whyte returns from his San Francisco base to drive a Mini Cooper.

In the Modified section, co-driver Shane Buckley, another London Irish Motor Club member, is on co-driving duties for his cousin Aidan Buckley in Ford Escort Mk2.

America is well-represented on the entry list too, Kenneth Quirke, an event winner as a co-driver on the other side of the Atlantic, returns from his New York base to drive the family Talbot Sunbeam in the rally.

Sean Kenny calls Germany his home these days and has entered a Ford Escort Mk2 in the modified rally.

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