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One of the most popular events of the rally calendar took place last weekend with the Killarney Historic Rally. The one day event is exclusive to Historic and Modified rally cars and attracts a superb entry from the best of crews in Ireland and oversees. A number of club members made the trip south to contest the event.

In the popular Modified section, ‘Team Toyota Monaghan’ consisting of three crews in Toyota Corollas made their way to the event. Raymond Conlon & local navigator Damien Fleming took a superb 4th overall and 1st in class in their 2 litre Toyota Corolla. Seamus Connolly/Gary McCrudden won their class in their 1.6 16 valve Corolla and finished 19th overall. This was despite 3 punctures and a broken gearstick. John Kelly & Niall Hughes in their 1600 8 valve Corolla finished 3rd in class after a steady run on what was only Niall’s 2nd event. Johno Doogan & Ciaran Marron set some blistering times and finished a fine 7th overall. Michael Conlon/Martin Byrne came home 35th overall despite a few issues. Shane Farrell guided Quentin Park to 82nd place after retiring and re-entering under Rally 2 rules.

In the Historic category, Damien Connolly guided Robert Barrable to a super 5th overall in their Escort Mk2. Brendan McAree/Niall Kelly retired on the opening stage.

Club Members Championship Success

Posted: November 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

Over the past few weeks there have been several championship awards night from the 2019 season. The Irish National, Irish Forestry and Border Championships have all had their prizegivings.

Josh Moffett & Andy Hayes were the overall winners of the 2019 Triton National Rally Championship having dominated the series with six wins and second place from seven starts. This is the final major Irish Championship eluding Moffett as he is a former Irish Tarmac and Irish Forestry Champion.

Shane Maguire & Anthony Nestor were the Motorsport Safety Team National Group N Champions once again. David Moffett/Martin Connolly were the class 13 champions while Conor Mohan won class 2.

At the Irish Forestry Championship awards, Michael Carbin & Conor Mohan received their trophy for 2nd overall in the series. The pair showed pace and consistency during the year with a 2nd place on the snowy Limerick rally, their best result of the year. Sam Moffett placed 3rd overall thanks to his overall win on the Cork Forestry Rally. Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips were the class 14 champions. Derek Mackarel was the class 16A champion.

In the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship. David Moffett was 3rd overall driver and Martin Connolly 2nd overall navigator. Peter & Shane Farrell won class 10 and Shane Maguire was victorious in class 4.

Stephen Wright was crowned the 2019 Northern Ireland Rally Champion. Stephen clinched the series thanks to two wins and three second places to edge out 10 time champion Derek McGarritty. The final round was cancelled which meant the championship was decided over the completed rounds and it was Wright who came out on top.

Derek Mackarel has also been shortlisted for the 2019 Billy Coleman Award. Mackarel produced another outstanding season in his Nova taking class wins on the Munster, Donegal & Cork Forestry Rallies. Derek will now go forward with the other shortlisted candidates and 2019 Young Rally Driver of the year will be revealed at the Champions of Irish Motorsport awards night.

Midland Navigation Trial

The 2019-20 National Night Navigation Championship continued with the Midland Navigation Trial held in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. COC Seamus McTigue organised an 85-mile route based over some classic terrain in the Arigna area. The event featured gravel and forestry lanes as well as utilising the many roads around the mountain. Overall victory went to Cork crew of Derek Butler & Denis O’Donovan who held off another Cork team of Owen Murphy & Daire Hayes. 3rd overall went to Michael & Ciaran Tynan.

A small field of 20 cars contested the event. A long SRS section began the night set at 21mph and many crews were caught for time here with only three crews cleaning the section. A plot & bash section followed incorporating a trace diagram which caught some crews out including local favourites Colin Duffy & Sam Johnston. Butler/O’Donovan were one of only two crews to clean this section to move into the lead with Tynan/Tynan 1 penalty behind. The crews then made their way over Arigna Mountain where many crews lost time trying to find the correct route.


Martin Tynan & Fintan Clerkin took overall victory on last weekend’s Drumlin Navigation Trial, Round 1 of the 2020 Traders Trophy Club Championship. After a demanding but enjoyable 110 mile route the pair were four penalties clear of the opposition to secure their first Drumlin win.

COC Ciaran Tynan brought the event from Newbliss into neighbouring Cavan for a significant portion of the event with a petrol halt in Drung. An entry of 30 crews started the event including 17 Expert & Semi-Expert crews many of whom had travelled from Cork with the event being a National Championship round. Top seeds were September event winners Aiden Sherry & Oisin Sherlock. Heavy rain in the lead-up to the event resulted in some late changes to the route and made road conditions treacherous in places and drivers were made well aware of this at Driver’s briefing.

The opening section of the event took crews towards Aghabog via an SRS section with a new lane at Aghadrumkeen. A plot & bash section near Dartrey village included a trace diagram and nearly all crews dropped time on this section. Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan were leading on a clean sheet with the Beginner crew of Damien Hagan/Ryan Farrell a sensational 2nd on 1 penalty. Two long farm tracks near Drum proved very wet and slippy as crews crossed the border into Cavan with some classic lanes near Drung bringing crews into the halfway halt.

Mackarel/Boylan were still in the lead on a total of 3 penalties closely followed by Cork’s Owen Murphy/Daire Hayes (4 pens). The Novice pairing of Emmet Sherry/Patrick Corcoran were on a charge and held 3rd place on 5 penalties despite the disadvantage of two-wheel drive. Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin and Aiden Sherry/Oisin Sherlock were both on 6 penalties and well in contention.

The event continued to flirt the Cavan-Monaghan border including some classic lanes at Lisboduff, Bunnoe, Hall’s Yard and Knocks Lane. By TP28, Mackarel/Boylan (3 pens) led from Murphy/Hayes (4 pens), Sherry/Corcoran (6 pens), Tynan/Clerkin (6 pens) & Sherry/Sherlock (7 pens). The sting in the tail would be the final section south of Newbliss which incorporated plot & bash timepoints. First to fall foul were Mackarel/Boylan who picked up a 50 penalty for an early clock in at TP31. Via9, TP32 and TP34 incorporated tulip diagrams which caught out a number of crews.

Murphy/Hayes hopes came to an end with a wrong departure from TP33 which was followed by a wrong approach at TP34. Tynan/Clerkin put in an impressive performance to drop just 3 penalties through this section and climb into the lead. Sherry/Corcoran kept their cool dropping 6 penalties for a total of 16 penalties to clinch 2nd overall and class honours. Despite an earlier wrong approach Cork’s James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody profited from the mistakes of others and climbed back up to 3rd place on 28 penalties total. The top five were completed by Semi-Expert class winners, Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan (30 penalties) and Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (31 penalties).

Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan had a strong run to take Semi-Expert class honours despite a late wrong approach at TP34. Damien Treanor/Christopher McMahon (37 penalties) were 2nd with Andrew Mackarel/Richard Cassidy, who returned to the navigator’s seat after many years away, taking 3rd on 73 penalties with an early arrival costing them class honours.

Sherry/Corcoran were the stars of the Novice class taking a comfortable win. Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron took 2nd with Adam Montgomery/Andrew Hamilton in 3rd. One of the performances of the night was that of Damien Hagan/Ryan Farrell who took Beginners class honours and 7th overall on just 35 penalties total. Michael Conlon/Paul McPhillips were nearly 100 penalties behind in 2nd with 3rd in class going to Shane Maguire/Pauric Duffy.

COC Ciaran Tynan paid thanks to all the landowners and residents along the route for their support. He also paid thanks to all at the Acorn Centre in Newbliss, the marshals and results team and also to Cavan Motor Club for their support of the event.

The next club event will take place on January 18th/19th with the January Navigation Trial. In the meantime, the Navigation seasons continues with the Midland Navigation Trial on November 23rd/24th.

Top 10 Results:

1st Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 12 pens,

2nd Emmet Sherry/Patrick Corcoran (Toyota Starlet) 16 pens,

3rd James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody (Subaru Impreza) 28 pens,

4th Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan (Subaru Impreza) 30 pens,

5th Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 31 pens,

6th Aiden Sherry/Oisin Sherlock (Subaru Impreza) 33 pens,

7th Damian Hagan/Ryan Farrell (Subaru Impreza) 35 pens,

8th Damien Treanor/Christopher McMahon (Subaru Impreza) 37 pens,

9th Trevor O’Callaghan/Patrick O’Leary (Subaru Impreza) 39 pens,

10th Owen Murphy/Daire Hayes (Subaru Impreza) 40 pens

11th Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron (Subaru Impreza) 56 pens,

12th Andrew Mackarel/Richard Cassidy (Vauxhall Vectra) 73 pens


Moffett Wins in Scotland

Josh Moffett & Andy Hayes secured overall victory on last weekend’s Jim Clark Memorial Rally in Scotland. The pair were debuting a new Ford Fiesta R5 Mk2 and duly claimed overall honours on the all tarmac event. The rally was being run for the first time in several years and consisted of 13 stages over two days. The pair held off the challenge of David Bogie in his Mk2 Escort to take the event win and cap off a memorable year after their National Rally Championship success.

Tynan 2019 Club Champion

Posted: October 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

Monaghan Motor Club hosted their annual prizegiving last weekend in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. The event commemorated club members success throughout the past Motorsport year. Ciaran Tynan was presented with the Trader’s Trophy as the 2019 Overall Club Champion.

Ciaran achieved this primarily in the navigator’s seat competing in Navigation events with his Uncle Michael Tynan, the Stages Rally with Martin McPhillips & Endurance Trial with Kieran McCarra. Ciaran secured overall wins on the Drumlin & March Navigation events as well as the Endurance Trial to secure the title with a round to spare. Ciaran has been competing for over 15 years and this is his first Trader’s success after consistently challenging for the title in recent years. Ciaran takes over as Club Champion from his cousin Martin ensuring the Traders Trophy remains in the Tynan household.

Other successes included Josh Moffett winning the National Rally Championship after a dominant year with his navigator Andy Hayes. Michael & Ciaran Tynan won the Gary Nesbitt Club Navigation Championship. Eoghan Corr received the Gerry McNamara trophy for his immense contribution to local motorsport.

There was a great turnout on the night and a great night was had by all. It was once again a very successful year for club members both locally and Nationally.

Sherlock is Endurance Champion

 Ballinode Navigator Oisin Sherlock has won the 2019 Irish Endurance Championship at last weekend’s Birr Endurance Trial. Needing only to start the event to clinch the title proved sufficient as retirement followed with a damaged radiator. His driver Derek Bulter has already secured the drivers crown before the event.

Kevin O’Rourke/Dave McAuley took event honours from Karl O’Donoghue/Evin Hughes. The latter crew secured 2nd overall in the championship after rival Peter Barrable retired with gearbox failure. Nicole Drought/Aaron McElroy moved up to the 1.4 lite Endurance class for the first time and finished 7th overall and 1st in the Semi-Expert class. Robert Graham/Ryan Treanor finished 10th overall and 1st Novice. Danny McKenna guided Peter Cummins to 11th overall and 1st in class A1. Colm McKeever/Sean Marron took 22nd overall and 2nd in Novice. Darragh & Josh Kelly took 8th in class B for Navigation cars with Shane Maguire/Killian Murphy, making their driving debut just behind in 9th.

Adam Langan/Martin McPhillips & Ciaran Duffy/Pauric Duffy claimed  39th and 40th overall while Gordon Parker/Killian McArdle made it home in 48th.

Wright Keeps N.I. Title hopes alive

 Stephen Wright remains firmly in contention for the Northern Ireland Rally Championship after last weekend’s Tyrone Stages Rally. Stephen was partnered by Cork navigator Liam Moynihan. The event was based at the Benone complex and consisted of multiple short sharp stages repeated and reversed throughout the day giving 14 stages in total.

Desi Henry & Conor Mohan led much of the event but a series of spins and stalls dropped them back and they eventually finished 4th. Derek McGarritty/Paddy Robinson held off Wright/Moynihan by just 2 second to win the event. These two crews will now battle it out with Wright at the final round, the Glens of Antrim Rally, with Derek McGeehan also having an outside chance.

Oisin Sherlock guided Peter Greenlee to 23rd overall before heading to Birr via the the club prizegiving on a very busy weekend of Motorsport.

Conor Foley was the top finishing local competitor on last weekend’s Donegal Harvest Rally. The Redcastle based event was the final round of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship. The Derry crew of Callum Devine & Brian Hoy took overall victory in their R5 Fiesta. They were involved in a close battle with Josh Moffett & Andy Hayes who were debuting a R5 VW Polo. Late problems dropped them to 4th allowing Donagh Kelly & Conor Foley into 2nd place in another Polo.

National Rally Champions, Moffett/Hayes finished in 4th place. Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming finished 12th overall and took victory in class 13. Damien McKenna guided Shaun Murphy to 33rd overall and 7th in class. Mickey Brennan/Paddy McCague took victory in class 10 in their Nova coming home in 46th place overall. Aisling McArdle guided Des Lyons to 49th overall and 7th in class 11F. Patrick Fitzpatrick/James McEneaney took 53rd overall and victory in class 9. Ryan & Nigel Brennan finished 65th overall and 3rd in class 1. Ryan Treanor/Robert Graham had to resort to Rally 2 after retiring and came home in 83rd overall.

Gary Cassidy/Paul Kelly, Jack Maguire/Stephen McElroy, Sean McCaul/Frank Clerkin, Gerry McGivney/Gavin McGivney & Christopher Brennan/Martin Hughes failed to finish.

Cork Navigation Trial

The 2019-20 National Night Navigation Championship commenced last weekend with Cork Motor Club’s Star-Trek Navigation Trial based in Inchigeelagh. Local crew James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody survived the 110 mile route to emerge victorious on 17 penalties. Top Monaghan performers were Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan who finished 3rd overall on 30 penalties. James McCabe/Shane Farrell finished a fine 6th overall and won the Semi-Expert class on 150 penalties total. Experts, Richard Cassidy/Conor Maguire finished 7th overall in their Vectra. Conor’s son Shane finished just 1 penalty behind him as he and driver Ray O’Neill took 8th overall and Novice class honours. A tough night for Francis McElvaney/Oisin Sherlock who will hope for better on future rounds.

2019 Club Championship Awards Night

The 2019 Club Awards Night takes place on Saturday 19th October in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. Ciaran Tynan clinched the Traders Trophy for the first time after three event wins and consistently steady results across the year. The event will be a celebration of Monaghan success stories during the year including Josh Moffett winning the National Rally Championship. Tickets are available from committee members for a cost of €25 and club members are asked to support this event as we celebrate the achievements of our mem