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Ennistymon native Jane Cogan with Limerick driver Frank Sweeney (Ford Escort mk 2) secured 3rd overall in the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship 2012.


Attached are Regulations & Entry Form for the forthcoming Birr Tarmac Stages Rally on Sunday 24th February.  The rally will follow on the same lines as previous years utilising Low Road Mileage, Pleasant Rally HQ and 8 Quality Enjoyable Stages.


HQ will be once again the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.






The most exciting Dunlop National Rally Championship in recent times reaches the penultimate stage on Sunday next (September 16) with the Ennis based Auburn Lodge Clare Stages Rally. 


Three drivers, Thomas Fitzmaurice (Kerry), Brian O’Mahony (Cork) and Niall Maguire (Monaghan), all in S11 Subaru WRC’s, are in contention for the Vard Memorial Trophy.  This year’s Dunlop series consists of eight rounds with the best six scores taken into consideration.

Currently, Fitzmaurice heads the point’s standings on 90 points – 14 ahead of O’Mahony with Maguire eight points further behind.  With the dropped scores taken into consideration, the situation is much closer – Fitzmaurice and O’Mahony are equal on points with Maguire eight points behind.


Maguire is the top seed in County Clare and really needs to take maximum Dunlop points to stay in the title race and set up a title decider on next month’s final round, the Donegal Harvest Rally.  The Monaghan driver, who has won the series three times, was actually leading the last round until a sheared wheel stud ended his participation after just three stages of the Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally.  His sole victory in the series was on the Mayo Rally and a repeat is essential to maintain his Dunlop Championship title ambitions.  “I don’t know, I’ll do Clare and then see what happens, rallying can be very fickle.”  said Maguire


Meanwhile, Fitzmaurice has two victories to his credit – the first round in Abbeyleix and round two in Kerry – he has maintained his position as leader of the series since the third round in Kerry.  “I’m fired up, I have to perform, I can’t let Brian slip away now.  It will be maximum attack from the start and that’s certainly not up for debate.  I reckon if it’s not done in Clare, it won’t be done in Donegal where I expect Declan Boyle to be on form.  It’s been a great championship.”   

The only way Fitzmaurice can win the title in Clare is if he claims maximum points and O’Mahony’s points haul does not exceed fourteen, irrespective of what happens to Maguire.   


Winner of his last two rounds, Brian O’Mahony with maximum points in Carlow and Clonmel (Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally) knows exactly what is needed to ensure his continued participation in the title race.  “It’s a case of more of the same.  I know what to expect from Thomas and Niall while Declan (Boyle) won’t be far off the pace either, indeed, he could have a major bearing on the outcome of the series.  I have already dropped my two scores so this really limits my options, but it’s good for the focus.  It’s great for the championship and the spectators.”


Donegal’s, Declan Boyle occupies the number four berth on the nine stage event in Clare.  He has acquired last year’s Dunlop Championship winning S12B Subaru WRC and won the recent Galway Summer Rally.  “I went to Galway to test the car and to see what times I could put up.  I only got a couple of hours to test the car before the rally.  I wasn't too far off Donagh Kelly and Thomas Fitzmaurice and beat them on some stages. Donagh went off on the last stage and I went on to win.  l feel that there's a lot more in the car but it’s going to take me a few more rallies.” 


Dunlop regular, Maynooth’s, Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) has endured a disappointing season, yet, he remains loyal to the series despite three retirements, his best result was second in Mayo.  He will want to end the season on a high note.   Former Dunlop Group N champion, Kevin Kelleher is another driver to have moved to a WRC, he debuted the ex-Conor McCloskey S9 Subaru on the Circuit of Munster but spun out mid-way through the rally.   


Meanwhile, Limerick’s, Colm Murphy in his Group N Subaru can clinch the Motorsport Safety Team Group N award in Ennis, having won the Circuit of Munster last June, he is only six points behind Niall Maguire in the race for third overall in the Dunlop series.  Clonmel’s, Roy White (MG S2000) has secured a strong points haul in his last two outings and will be keen to maintain that form in Clare.


Top two-wheel drive exponent, Frank Kelly (Ford Escort) is seeded at number nine as he bids to bids to reel in Cavan’s, Jonathan Pringle in the race for the  inaugural Dunlop Mk. 2 Champions Trophy.  The popular Tyrone driver leads the rally.ie category for the top two-wheel drive in the overall standings.


The final place in the top ten is occupied by Monaghan’s, Shane Maguire in his Group N Subaru, he won the non-championship Sligo Rally earlier this year but has been out of luck in the current Dunlop campaign.


Ruane’s, Anthony O’Halloran, who will be co-driven by fellow local, Charlie McEnery, hasn’t competed since last year’s rally when he campaigned an Opel Manta.  He will be intent on making a good impression on his local rally where he will drive a Mitsubishi EvoIX.


Aside from Frank Kelly, the Modified category also includes Donegal’s, Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet) and the Escort trio of Ed Synan, Jonathan Pringle and Frank Sweeney.


Other entries include Stephen Carey (Honda Civic), who has already clinched Class 3 of the Dunlop series; David Guest (Honda Civic), the Escort duo of Ryan Loughran and James Coleman and Neil Pierce (Honda Civic).  Kerry’s, Vincent O’Shea will drive the ex-Barry Meade Ford Escort.


Aside from O’Halloran, other Clare entries are Tony Tuttle (Ford Escort), Tom Ryan (Opel Corsa), Martin Kelly (Mitsubishi), Thomas Fitzgibbon (Honda Civic), Pa Horan (Vauxhall Nova) and John O’Sullivan (Citroen C2).


In the Dunlop Junior National Rally Championship, Christopher Snow, Damien Boyle and John O’Connor are the trio in contention while the quest for honours in the Dunlop Historic Championship rests between Denis Collins (Ford Escort) and Philip McKibbin (Ford Cortina).

 Top 10:

 1. N. Maguire/E. Sherry (Subaru WRC).

2. T. Fitzmaurice/F. Foley (Subaru WRC).

3. B. O'Mahony/J. Higgins (Subaru WRC).

4. D. Boyle/B. Boyle (Subaru WRC)

5. K. Barrett/S. Mullally (Subaru WRC)

6. K. Kelleher/G. Conway Subaru WRC).

7. C. Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru).

8. R. White/J. O’Brien (MG S2000).

9. F. Kelly/L. Brennan (Ford Escort).

10. S. Maguire/M. McGarrity (Subaru).


Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 6 with dropped scores in brackets): 1. T. Fitzmaurice 90pts (76); 2. B. O’Mahony 76pts (76); 3. N. Maguire 68pts (68); 4. C. Murphy 62pts (62); 5. R. White 58pts (58); 6. F. Kelly 50pts (50); 7. D. Boyle 48pts (48); 8. J. Pringle 47pts (42); 9. M. Quinn 33pts (33) & 10. K. Barrett 30 pts(30).


Dunlop Mk 2 Champions Trophy: 1. J. Pringle 81pts; =2. F. Kelly & D. Boyle 74pts.

The Clare Stages Rally is also round 5 of the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship and the Top 10 Drivers Standing’s are as follows -

Tyrone’s Frank Kelly and his Cork co driver Liam Brennan (Ford Escort MK11) still hold a 1 point lead after round 4 the Galway Summer Rally. Kelly and Brennan were non starters in Galway as were their nearest championship rivals Kerry’s Mike Quinn and Clare co driver Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort MK11) with the latter crew still in 2nd place overall. Limerick’s Frank Sweeney and his Clare co driver Jane Coogan ( Ford Escort MK11) move into 3rd place on the leader board after a fine drive in Galway, putting their non finish on round 3 firmly behind them when mechanical woes fored them to retire. Kerry’s Thomas Fitzmaurice (Subaru S11 WRC) drops from 3rd to 4th spot after a non finish on round 4 and will now need to score a good haul of championship points on the final 2 round to keep his championship title hope alive. Cork’s Stephen Carey produced another fine drive in his Honda Civic to come from outside the top 10 and move into 5th in the overall standings. Carey now moves into the lead of the Group N award which he also won last year. Two drivers are tied for 6th spot, Monaghan Niall Maguire (Subaru S11 WRC) and Limerick’s Colm Murphy (Subaru N12B). Both drivers were tied for 4th place after round 3 but non starts for both drivers in Galway meant they dropped down the leader board. Tipperary’s William Cavanagh (Ford Escort MK11) moves from 10th place to 7th overall having collected 5th place points on round 4. Monaghan’s Jim McKenna and Galways Neil Pierce both drop down the overall leader board to joint 8th place, the former having not started the event while pierce was forced to retire on his home event. Three drivers are tied for 9th place, Clare’s Tony Tuttle (Ford Escort MK11), Kerry’s Tommy Mason (Ford Escort MK1) and Galway’s Stephen Greaney (Citroen C2R2), while the top 10 in the overall drivers standings is rounded off by Donegal’s Adrian Cannon (Honda Civic).

Clare driver Anthony Breen still leads Class 8 in his Subaru Impreza while Ennis man Niall O'Sullivan leads Class 9


Top 10 Co driver Standings


With Liam Brennan, Grainne McEnery and Jane Coogan taking the top 3 in the overall co drivers title race its last years Group N title winning co driver Breda O’Driscoll who moves into 4th place. The Cork co driver who competes with Stephen Carey moved from joint 9th place after Galway and is now in a great position to retain her Group N title. Kerry Fionn Foley and Tipperary’s Olivia Coen are tied for 5th spot. Foley drooped one place after having a non finish in Galway while Coen moved up 4 places on the co driver leader board. Tied for 6th place are former triple wining championship co driver Monaghan’s Enda Sherry and Cork’s Don Montgomery who were both non starters on round 4. Tipperary’s Cathal McGrath move’s up into 7th spot followed by Martin McGarrity in 8th place. Cork’s Nicole O’Shea moves up the leader board to 9th place while Monaghan’s Thomas Treanor round off the top 10 in the co drivers standings.

Clare's Ciara O'Connell holds second spot in Class 9 while Ennis lady Carrie Moroney holds second in Class 11


Top 10 Overall Points



1 Frank Kelly 54ऀऀLiam Brennan 54

2 Mike Quinn 53ऀऀGrainne McEnery 53

3 Frank Sweeney 49ऀऀJane Coogan 49

4 Thomas Fitzmaurice 43Breda O’Driscoll 46

5 Stephen Carey 41ऀऀFionn Foley 43

ऀऀऀऀOlivia Coen 43

6 Niall Maguire 40ऀऀEnda Sherry 40

      Colm Murphy 40ऀऀDon Montgomery 40

7 Willaim Cavanagh 38Cathal MaGrath 34

8 Neil Pierce 29ऀऀMartin McGarrity 33

9 Tony Tuttle 27ऀऀNicole O’Shea 30

   Tommy Mason 27

   Stephen Greaney 27

10 Adrian Cannon 26ऀऀThomas Treanor 29


Overall Leaders – Frank Kelly/Liam Brannan - Ford Escort MK11

Overall Top Two Wheel Drive Leaders - Frank Kelly/Liam Brannan - Ford Escort MK11

Overall Group N Leaders – Stephen Carey/Breda ODriscoll – Honda Civic


Top 5 Overall Junior Standings After Round 4

Galway’s Damien and Joseph Boyle took maximum points on their home event to move into a 24 point lead in this years Junior championship. Driving a Honda Civic the crew scored an outright win in the Junior category in Galway and now look very comfortable to take the 2012 Top Part Junior title. Cork’s Derek Butler (Honda Civic) moves into joint 2nd place with Limerick’s John O’Connor (Citroen C2R2) after the latter was a non starter on round 4. O’Connor’s co driver Kerry’s Gerard Conway  remains in 2nd place in the co driver standings whilst Butler’s co driver Arron O’Regan retain’s his 3rd place position on the co drivers table.. In 3rd place in the drivers standings is Galway’s Dean Raftery (Honda Civic) followed in 4th by Kerry’s Damien Fleming (Honda Civic). Cork’s Padraig McCarty (Honda Civic) rounds off the top 5 in the drivers standings as Galway’s Ollie Ward (4th) and Cork’s Eoghan McCarty (5th) round off the top 5 in the co driver standings.


Top 5 Overall Junior Championship Points



1 Damien Boyle 83ऀऀJoseph Boyle 83

2 Derek Butler 59ऀऀGerard Conway 58

  John O’Connor 59

3 Dean Raftery 38ऀऀAaron O’Regan 58

4 Damien Fleming 37ऀऀOllie Ward 38

5 Padraig McCarty 34ऀऀEoghan McCarty 34



Top 5 Overall Historic Standings After Round 4

Limerick’s Denis Collins and Kerry co driver Tommy Commane (Ford Escort MK1) were non starters on round 4 and saw their 23 point lead reduced to just 2 points after Louth’s Philip McKibbin and Tralee co driver Padraig Brick took maximum points in Galway in their Ford Cortina. Limerick’s David & Rita Dee (Mini Cooper) hold 3rd place followed in 4th by Kerry pairing Pj O’Dowd and John Young (Talbot Sunbeam) while the similar Sunbeam of Kerry Sean Kelliher and co driver Mike Dowling hold 5th place in the Historic standings.

The Clare Rally organising Committee under Clerk of the Course Dermot Kelleher have been working very hard over the past couple of months to put this event together and as the event requires a lot of officials and marshalls from all over the country the committee are appealing to anybody interested in marshalling or helping out over the weekend to please contact the rally's chief marshall Gerry O'Brien on 086-2766267 or to contact the club via the website www.claremotorclub.com.

The club would also like to thank the Clare County Council and the Gardai for their assistance in putting this massive event together. We would also like to thank all the residents along the route and on the road closed sections as the event could not happen without their co-operation.


The Rally starts on Saturday morning when drivers and their navigators congregate at the Auburn Lodge Hotel where they will sign on for Recce.

The crews will then be allowed to drive over the three stages, a maximum of three times at normal road speed in thei road cars to check or ammend their pacenotes. The rally cars are then presented for scrutiny at the Cummins Car Centre Centre in the Ballymaley Industrial Estate on the old Gort Road  where a team of Scrutineers will check all the safety features, brakes , roll cages, tyres, racesuits, helmets etc. This will give spectators a chance to see some of the top rally cars in the country and also meet with the drivers and their navigators.

The Rally cars will then proceed to the back of the Auburn Lodge Hotel to Parc Ferme which is a sealed area for the night.


The Ceremonial Start which will take place at the square in the centre of Ennis Town at 7.45 pm. On Saturday Evening. The Organising Committee have decided to bring the top twenty cars and also the local clare drivers to the Start Ramp in the square where they will be interviewed by “The Voice of Irish Motorsport” Duggie Hughes.. This will be a fantastic opportunity for local people to see the cars and meet the drivers and navigators.


a souvenir programme will be on sale for just 10 euro which will contain the stage maps , entry list, championship photos and various motorsport articles. These will be on sale at the square, the Auburn Lodge, The Service Area and at various locations around the town.


The Clare Club have teamed up with The Clare Council and The Gardai to promote Road Safety over the weekend of the Rally and are asking all the people who are watching the event to drive safely, hence our message “ Keep The Race in its Place”

“Never Drink and Drive, Always Wear A Seatbelt, Slow Down, Arrive Alive.”


The first car leaves the Auburn Lodge Hotel at 09.15 on Sunday Morning for the three stages Spancilhill, Ballinruan and Kell's Cross. The cars will return to the Industrial Estate on the Gort Road for service at 11.36 and 14.07.

The cars will finish back at the Auburn Lodge at the finish ramp at 16.38 where the winner will be announced.



CarDriverDriver FromNavigatorNavigator FromMake/ModelClass
1Niall MaguireCo. FermanaghEnda SherryCo. MonaghanSubaru Impreza WRC S11 8
2Thomas FitzmauriceCo. KerryFionn FoleyCo. KerrySubaru Impreza WRC S11 8
3Brian O'MahonyCo. CorkJohn HigginsCo. MayoSubaru Impreza WRC S11 8
4Declan BoyleCo. DonegalBrian BoyleCo. DonegalSubaru S12B 8
5Kevin BarrettCo. KildareSean MullallyCo. LimerickSubaru Impreza WRC S11 8
6Kevin KelleherCo. CorkGerard ConwayCo. KerrySubaru Impreza WRC S9 8
7Colm MurphyCo. LimerickDon MontgomeryCo. CorkSubaru Impreza N12 4
8Roy WhiteCo. TipperaryJames O'BrienCo. CorkMG ZR15
9Frank KellyCo. TyroneLiam BrennanCo. CorkFord Escort Mk214
10Shane MaguireCo. FermanaghMartin McGarrityCo. FermanaghSubaru Impreza N11 4
11Anthony O'HalloranCo. ClareCharlie McEneryCo. ClareMitsubishi Evo 9 4
12Declan GallagherCo. Donegal TBAToyota Starlet RWD13
14ED SynanCo. LimerickDenis O'ConnellCo. KerryFord Escort Mk214
15Jonathan PringleCo. CavanMartin ByrneFord Escort Mk213
16Frank SweeneyCo. LimerickJane CoganCo. ClareFord Escort Mk213
17Stephen CareyCo. CorkBreda O'DriscollCo. CorkHonda Civic 3
18David GuestCo. Cork TBAHonda Civic13
19Ryan LoughranCo. TyroneJames McCarvilleCo. MonaghanFord Escort Mk211
20James ColemanCo. KilkennyKaye ShanahanCo. LimerickFord Escort Mk213
21Neil PierceGalwayEnda O'LearyGalwayHonda Civic11
22Vincent O'SheaCo. KerryBrian HickeyCo. KerryFord Escort14
23Patrick Boyle ButcherCo. DonegalDonal McColeCo. DonegalToyota Corolla Twin Cam11
24Jonathan FolanGalwayGer MyersGalwaySubaru Impreza STI 8
25Enda McNultyCo. TyronePaul SheridanCo. MonaghanFord Escort Mk213
26Aidan WalshCo. LimerickJim CaseyCo. ClarePeugeot 205 RWD13
27Liam BowhanCo. LouthDamien ConnollyCo. MonaghanToyota Starlet RWD13
28Tohill NeilCo. DublinTohill GerrardCo. DublinMitsubishi Evo 9 4
29Seamus ConnollyCo. MonaghanGary McCruddenCo. MonaghanToyota Corolla Twincam11
30Paul McDevittEnglandRay FitzpatrickToyota Corolla11
31Tony TuttleCo. ClareSean KiernanCo. WestmeathFord Escort13
32Declan GannonCo. LimerickAlan LeonardCo. GalwaySubaru Impreza 8
33William CavanaghCo. TipperaryOlivia CoenCo. TipperaryFord Escort Mk212
34Stephen GreaneyCo. GalwayAgne AudiejaityteCo. MonaghanCitroen C2 R2 MAX 6
35Ken LyonsCo. LimerickPaddy McDonnellCo. LimerickFord Escort Mk213
36Jason McSweeneyCo. CorkDenis O'MahonyCo. CorkHonda Civic11
37Michael CarbinCo. MonaghanJames O'ReillyPeugeot 205 GTi10
38Patrick HaugheyCo. DonegalTBA TBAFord Escort Mk211
39Tom RyanCo. ClareDavid RyanCo. ClareOpel Corsa11
40Martin KellyCo. Clare TBAMitsubishi Lancer Evo 7 8
41Michael FitzgibbonCo. ClarePA BakerCo. ClareHonda Civic11
42Paddy McVeighCo. TyroneStephen O'HanlonCo. TyroneSubaru Impreza N12B 4
43PA HoranCo. ClareLisa O'DowdVauxhall Nova11
44Pat PriceCo. Dublin TBASubaru Impreza N12B 4
45Adrian CannonCo. DonegalPauric KeeneyCo. DonegalHonda Civic 2
46John O'SullivanCo. Clare TBACitroen C215
47Enda McCormackUSAMartin BradyCo. GalwayMitsubishi Evo 915
48Adrian FoleyCo. CavanCon MulcahyCo. LimerickOpel Corsa10
49John O'DonnellCo. KilkennyPhilip McDonaldCo. CarlowPeugeot 205 RWD10
50Niall O'SullivanCo. ClareCiara O'ConnellCo. ClareCitroen C2 9
51Roland DohertyCo. LimerickJune FitzgibonVauxhall Nova 9
52Jason RoycroftCo. CorkNicole O'SheaCo. CorkHonda Civic EK4 2
53Brendan DunneGalwayBrendan MurphyGalwayHonda Civic EK4 2
54John CollinsCo. LimerickCathal McGrathCo. TipperaryHonda Civic Type R 3
55Matt BehanCo. LimerickO Brian DavidCo. KerryPeugeot 20510
56George WhelanCo. ClareNoel McMahonCo. ClareHonda Civic11
57Mike WalshCo. LimerickGer RyanCo. LimerickFord Escort Mk212
58Vincent CollinsCo. RoscommonFintan KilroeFord Escort Mk212
59Mike CostelloCo. KerryPaddy CostelloCo. KerryFord Escort Mk211
60Benny KennedyCo. TipperaryBrendan RyanCo. TipperaryHonda Civic11
61John BonnerCo. DonegalBrian MonagleCo. DonegalFord Escort Mk211
62Michael NolanCo. LimerickJimmy KielyCo. LimerickHonda Civic VTi11
63Byrnes FrankCo. GalwayRay DavePeugeot 206 Cup Car11
64PA MaloneCo. ClareGareth QuinCo. ClareFord Escort Mk213
65Patrick KellyCo. Clare TBAHonda Civic11
66Paul HoranCo. GalwayRoss FordeCo. GalwayPeugeot 206 Cup Car 6
67Edward CoganCo. ClareJohn TreacyCo. ClarePeugeot 205 RWD12
68Keith NaughtonCo. ClareBrendan BehanCo. ClareSubaru Impreza 8
69Maurice GreaneyCo. GalwayKeith McHughCo. GalwayCitroen C2 6
70Gerard HodginsCo. GalwayKeith FlanaganCo. GalwayOpel Manta 1
71Tommy FlanaganCo. GalwayPatrick CurleyCo. GalwayFord Escort Mk212
72John KennyCo. Galway TBAFord Escort Mk213
73Mark BoyleCo. DonegalMargaret McCaffertyCo. DonegalHonda Civic EK4 2
74Francis KellyCo. Clare TBAHonda Civic EK4 2
75John WalshGalwayPhilip WalshCo. GalwayHonda Civic EK4 6
76Dan KellaherCo. CorkAileen ShanahanCo. LimerickFord Escort Mk213
77Sean O'CarrollCo. TipperaryIan StanleyCo. CorkFord Escort13
78Liddy BrianCo. ClareConor OneillCo. ClareFord Escort Mk211
79Martin O'HalloranCo. ClareDeclan O'ReganCo. ClareFord Escort11
81Joe BakerCo. ClareMurray EricCo. ClareHonda SIR Vtec11
82Gerard DineenCo. LimerickAnthony MadiganCo. LimerickToyota Starlet RWD12
84David O'ConnellCo. ClareStephen ClohessyCo. ClareSuzuki Swift GTI 9
85Anthony BreenCo. ClareJames KellyCo. ClareSubaru Impreza STI 8
86Pat CannyCo. ClareEoin CannyCo. ClareFord Fiesta ST 3
87Tom RelihanCo. KerryMaurice McElligottCo. KerryFord Fiesta Mark 110
88Denis DineenCo. LimerickDonal DineenCo. LimerickFord Escort Mk212
89Alan DineenCo. KerryTony DineenCo. KerryVauxhall Corsa B11
90Adrian HynesCo. ClareDermot RyanCo. ClareFord Escort Mk210
91Micheal RodgersCo. GalwayChristopher CroweCo. GalwayVauxhall Nova10
92Martin GreenwoodCo. GalwayAiden ConnollyCo. ClareHonda Civic Vtec11
93Pat McDonaghCo. ClareMarie McDonaghCo. ClareFord Cortina10
94Aylward RayCo. KilkennyAylward AdrianCo. SligoHonda Civic EK411
95Edward KennedyCo. LimerickMaurice O'ConnorCo. KerryPeugeot 106 GTi11
96Fergal KeaneCo. ClareMark O'LooneyCo. ClareToyota Corolla GTi11
H1Denis CollinsCo. LimerickTommy CommaneCo. KerryFord Escort18
H2Philip McKibbinCo. LouthPadraig BrickCo. KerryFord Cortina18
H3James O'MahonyCo. LimerickKerrie BarryCo. ClareVolvo 144 s17
J1Damien BoyleCo. GalwayJoseph BoyleCo. GalwayHonda Civic16
J2John O'ConnorCo. LimerickKeith MoriartyCitroen C2 R216
J3Padraig McCarthyCo. CorkGoghan McCarthyCo. CorkHonda Civic 1.6VTI16
J4Glenn AlcornCo. DonegalAlvin AlcornCo. DonegalToyota Corolla RWD16
J5Derek ButlerCo. CorkAaron O'ReganHonda SIR Vtec16
J6Colin RocheCo. CorkDonal BalfeCo. LimerickToyota Starlet RWD16
J7Richard MooreCo. WexfordThomas WhiteCo. WexfordHonda Civic eg616
J8Martin CaseyCo. ClareOlivia McCarthyCo. CorkHonda Civic16
J9Ryan MooreCo. Donegal TBAFord Escort G316
J10Andrew RyanCo. LimerickTommy HayesCo. TipperaryPeugeot 106 Cup Car16
J11Brian HassettCo. ClareEgan Padraig(tyson)Co. ClareToyota Corolla GTi16
J12John O'FlahertyCo. KerryBrian SlatteryCo. KerryToyota Starlet RWD16
J13Patrick LawlorCo. KerryCian DineenCo. KerryHonda Civic Type R16
J14Brian QuigleyCo. Londonderry TBAHonda EK 416


SS 1-4-7

Meeting at Lynchs Centra, Gort Road Ennis at 07.15am.

GPS: 52.853053, -8.983389


52deg 51min 10.9sec, -8deg 59min 0.2sec.


SS 2-5-8

Meeting at Lyons/Donlon Supervalu, Main St, Tulla at 08.00am.

GPS: 52.867504, -8.757438


52deg 52min 3.0sec, -8deg 45min 26.8sec.



Meeting at Clarkes, Crusheen at 08.30am.

GPS: 52.939008, -8.896651


52deg 56min 20.4sec, -8deg 53min 47.9sec.





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Clare Stages Launch 2012


Clare Motor Club are delighted to announce The Auburn Lodge Hotel, gort road, ennis as the title sponsor of the 2012 Clare Stages Rally , 
Clerk of the Course Dermot Kelleher said;  
The Clare Motor Club are delighted with the continued support of The Auburn Lodge Hotel, for a fourth consecutive year. The Club would also like to thank the Special Stage Sponsors, Limerick Motor Centre (Hyundai), Charlie McEnery Motor Services Ennis, Cummins Car Centre (Toyota) and Christy Carey (CCS Race & Rally) the Service Area Sponsor and the programme advertisers for their support. The event will bring a vital boost to the local economy and this would not be possible without their support”.

Photo by aidan sweeney shows left to right - Christy Carey (CCS Race & Rally) service area sponsor,

Dermot Kelleher (clerk of the course), Gerry O'Brien (stage sponsor Limerick Motor Centre), Ester Woods (Model),

Yolande Nieman (Auburn Lodge Hotel) Jason Cummins (stage sponsor Cummins Car Centre Toyota), Charlie McEnery (motor services, stage sponsor)

The rally takes place on the weekend of September 15th and 16th. and is the penultimate rounds of “The Dunlop National Rally Championship” , “The Top Part West Coast Rally Championship” and Ireland's first National Mk2 Championship the “Dunlop National Mk2 Champions Trophy” which will see some of the top Irish & UK WRC and Two Wheel Drive cars and drivers in action on the stages on roads around Ennis. 
The organising team is offering competitors a very compact event featuring three very competitive stages on good tarmac which will be repeated three times. The overall length of the event is 190km of which 141km are stages. Together with the service park and a new Scrutiny area at Cummins Car Centre (Toyota) in Ballymaley Industrial Estate, all within walking distance of the hotel the event should prove to be as successful as last years rally. The first car will leave the Auburn Lodge Hotel on Sunday morning at 9.15am. and will return to the Hotel for the finish at 4.38pm. on sunday evening. 
Event regulations and entry forms are now available to download on this website.
Dermot Kelleher
Pro Clare Motor Club


Clare Stages 2012 Committee 2012.JPG

Back row left to right - Ger Healy, John Fergus, Gerry O'Brien, Jason Cummins, Seamus McTiernan, John Flanagan,

Middle row left to right - Lisa Scanlan, Liz Bailey, Alan O'Callaghan, Dermot Kelleher, Aideen O'Callaghan, Ciara O'Connell, Carrie Moroney

Front row left to right - Eoin Flannagan, Al Meaney, Thomas McGarry, Charlie McEnery, Martin Leahy


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