Moyvane’s Mikie O’Connor Jr and the Shinnors dynasty.

Dear reader, you are going to need a pen and paper for this one. Knowledge of family trees will help too.

No surprise that it was a Moyvane man in the centre of it all.

Wednesday’s Boggeragh Rallysprint proved to be a busy day for former British Rally Championship co-driving champion Greg Shinnors.

He eventually finished eighth overall alongside Mikie O’Connor Sr in the O’Connor’s family’s Mitsubishi Lancer after retiring from the event earlier in the day.

This car contains an O’Connor and a Shinnors

He was also co-driving for Mikie O’Connor Jr, from Moyvane, in North Kerry, in the same car.

So after each run, as the drivers swapped seats, Greg never budged.

The plan seemed to work fine after two stages. Jr was lying third overall and Sr was tenth.

This car contains an O’Connor and a Shinnors

However on stage three, in the hands of Jr, the car broke a driveshaft and retired. They were able to extract the car from the stage and repair the damaged component and while Jr’s day was over, Sr claimed eighth!

If that not confusing enough, Greg was one of seven members of the extended Shinnors family, from Bruff, County Limerick, to compete on the event.

His cousins Alan and George Shinnors finished fourth in a Mitsubishi Lancer E9 before switching to a Peugeot 205 that George was driving and navigated by Alan.

Another cousin Matt, and his wife Catherine Levis were 12th in a Ford Escort Mk2 and his brother Joe Jr, co-driven by his father Joe Sr were 17th in a Subaru Impreza.


 

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