“Well, Holy God says Miley”
How Craig Breen inspired a Kerry man to win the Western Australian Rally Championship
Murish O’Connell, the Western Australian Clubman co-driving rally champion has told how a chance meeting with Craig Breen three years ago inspired him to take up rallying in the first place.
Originally from Templenoe, near Kenmare, Spillane brother football country, O’Connell grew up within a stone-throw of Moll’s Gap.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be from Templenoe and living right behind one of the best rally stages in the world,” he told Kerry Motorsport News.
“My dad and my brother would make sure I was up at Moll’s Gap nearly every year to see cars drifting at full pelt through the Gap. We didn’t know how spoilt we were.”
Like many Kerry rally fans, his love of the sport took them all over the world, supporting the likes of Breen, Paul Nagle, Kris Meeke and many more Irish competitors who made their mark on World Rallying.
Before immigrating to Australia Murish went to Rally Sardinia, in Italy, with a “Well Holy God Miley” flag in hand.
There he met Breen in the service park on the eve of the event.
“Chatting to Craig in Alghero reminded me how much the sport is community-based and accessible and if you just commit and have a go,” added Murish.
He took up rally co-driving in March 2020. He and his driver Glenn Cawood came very close to winning the Western Australian Clubman Cup in their first year. An engine fire on the final round ended their dream but they made amends this year and won the title.
They picked up their trophies this weekend.
“Delighted for the lads [Craig and Paul Nagle’s 2022 plans],” he added, “We met Craig in Sardinia and that drove us on to have a go!”
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