History in the making as Castleisland-based Forestry Rally is being run entirely to raise funds for Irish Community Air Ambulance

History will be made on Sunday when a  motorsport event will run to raise funds for a charity.

The entire proceeds from Sunday’s Castleisland Forestry will go to the Irish community Air Ambulance.

The six-stage event, which gets underway at around 10 am on Sunday is organised by Killarney and District Motor Club.

The event has attracted close to 100 entries making it one of the best-subscribed entries for an Irish gravel rally for years.

The Irish Community Air Ambulance is Ireland’s first and only charity-funded HEMS Air Ambulance. It works in partnership with the National Ambulance Service and is tasked to respond to serious incidents and medical emergencies from its base in Rathcool, Co Cork.

Dermot Healy is Clerk of the Course, he said, “This is the club’s first time running an event where 100% of all profits will go to charity. We are delighted to be associated with the Irish Community Air Ambulance and have been overwhelmed with the response from the local community. Wonderful sponsors have come on board because of the connection with the Air Ambulance. The service is well known in this area and has helped many people locally. However, we want to raise awareness among the entire rally community because you never know when you or someone you love might need the service yourself.”

Killarney and District Motor Club member Liam Moynihan will have the honour of being first on the road for his ‘home’ forestry rally.

The Millstreet, County Cork native is co-driving for Tyrone’s Cathan McCourt in a Ford Fiesta Raly2.

The pair arrive in Kerry on the back of good form. They were fourth overall on last weekend’s Corrib Oil Galway International Rally but in a different car. This weekend’s Fiesta was used in last year’s Rally America Championship.

Last November they were third overall in the Killarney Historic Rally in a Ford Escort Mk2.

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