Kerry interest in rally sprint events over Christmas break

At least three events are on the calendar to keep Kerry motoring enthusiasts busy over Christmas but are all subject to change as a result of current public advice. 

There is plenty of Kerry interest in the two rally sprint events taking place over the Christmas break. 

On Monday, Carlow Car Club hosts their traditional Christmas Rallysprint at Mondello Park in Kildare while on Wednesday Cork Motor Clun are running a new gravel event near Nadd in the north of the county. 

Donagh Crowley returns to the driver seat for the first time since the 2019 Circuit of Kerry. His last outing was co-driving for Denis Nagle on the Kerry Winter Rally in November and down to co-drive in the Mondello Park event on Monday. “

“It’s only Donagh’s third event competing,” said Denis. “We did the Circuit of Kerry 2019 and we won the juniors, it’s practically a new car, it’s a front-wheel-drive Toyota Starlet with a 1600cc Honda engine and sequential gearbox.

Charles and Charlie O’Neill will have a busy few days in their Honda Civic as they have entered both the Mondello Park and Cork events. 

Mark O’Leary is another Kerry driver who has entered the Mondello Park event. 

Meanwhile, in Cork, Tommy Commane is co-driving for Hal Lewis in a Ford Escort Mk2. Kingdom of Kerry Championship runner-up Denny Greaney is alongside PJ O’Connor in a Mitsubishi Lancer E9. 

Kerry Motor Club’s Sinead O’Keeffe will co-driver for her husband Mikie O’Connor Jr in a Mitsubishi Lancer.

Tarbert’s Mossie Costello and his co-driver Jonathan Keane are out for the first time in a Honda Civic while David Fleming and Kieran Doherty compete in another Civic.

The Marshals’ meeting point for the Cork event is at the venue itself at 8.15am.(Signposted from Nadd Pub) and the Chief Marshal Kiera Daly (085 11454330. 

A decision on the prizegiving ceremony, for the Moriarty’s Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Series scheduled for Thursday, December 30 will be taken at the very last minute. 

Please check with event organisers before setting out for an event – plans can change at the last minute due to current health guidelines.


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