Killarney Historic Rally – updated story – date change not set in stone


Killarney and District Motor Club hope that this year’s Killarney Historic Rally will now take place on December 3.

The popular end of season event – Ireland’s only such rally for historic and modified cars – could be moved from its original November 26 date for several reasons. 

“The change is so we can coincide with Christmas in Killarney and due to accommodation shortage in Killarney as the Irish dancing championships are on the week leading into rally,” said clerk of the course Anthony O’Connor.

Craig Breen World Rally Championship (WRC) driver and Paul Nagle WRC co-driver, with Minister Brendan Griffin and Michael O’ Mahoney (Rentokil Initial Ireland Managing Director) at the Killarney Historic Rally Ceremonial start on Main Street Killarney Killarney in 2019 . Picture: Eamonn Keogh

The rally’s town centre ceremonial start has always been the opening event in the Christmas in Killarney festival. 

An initial route survey has been completed and the details of the stages will be announced once the relevant statutory bodies and local residents have been informed. 


However, the new date is not set in stone. There are certain procedures that must be followed before a new date can be granted. 

An application must be made on a specific form, signed by the club secretary and accompanied by a  €355 date fee. The application must also include, in writing, approval from clubs running events on the week prior, the week of and the week after the new proposed. The application then goes before the Rallies Commission and then the Motorsport Council which will either accept or deny the application.  

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