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Moffett Makes Podium in Galway

Posted: February 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

Defending Tarmac Champion, Josh Moffett, netted a podium finish on last weekend’s Galway International Rally, the opening round of the 2019 Irish Tarmac Championship. The pair held a steady pace throughout the one day event, initially holding 4th place but moved to 3rd following the retirement of Gary Jennings. Overall honours went to WRC star, Craig Breen in a Ford Fiesta with Alastair Fisher taking 2nd place.

Stephen Wright/Arthur Kierans returned to the stages and finished in a steady 9th place in their Fiesta R5. Conor Mohan guided Eamonn Kelly to 20th overall and 2nd in class. Brendan Cumisky/Ronan O’Kane took Class 24 honours for Right Hand Drive R5 Cars from Aaron McHale/Enda Sherry.

Gerard McQuaid/Jack McKenna finished 12th overall and 2nd in class in the National Rally. Thomas Treanor guided Fergal Kelly to 28th overall and 6th in class. David Condell/Paul Kelly re-entered the event under Rally 2 rules and took 38th overall and 5th in class. Sam Moffett/James Fulton retired early after being caught out in the extremely slippy conditions. The Championship continues with the West Cork Rally on St. Patrick’s Weekend.

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Defending National Night Navigation Champions, Derek Mackarel & Muireann Hayes, remain on course for the successful defence of their title after back to back 2nd places finishes on the Skibbereen 100 Isles & Cork 1000 Shakes Navigation Trials. These events occurred in successive weekends after the postponement of the Cork event in January.

 

On the 100 Isles, it proved to be a very demanding event with very high penalties for most crews. In the end it was the team of James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody who took the win from Mackarel/Hayes. The following weekend, some snowy and icy conditions faced crews on the Macroom based 1000 Shakes. On this occasion, overall honours went to Owen Murphy & Daire Hayes with Mackarel/Hayes edging out Fitzgerald/Carmody on a tie-break for 2nd place.

 

Mackarel/Hayes hold the advantage on points with Fitzgerald/Carmody not far back in 2nd place. Mac Kierans/Conor Boylan have contested all rounds to date and hold 3rd place. Two rounds remain in Cavan & Monaghan next month and dropped scores could also play a factor in where the 2018-2019 National title will go.

 

Galway International Rally

 

The 2019 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship kicks into gear this weekend with the return of the Galway International Rally after a year’s absence. The event will be a 1 day event contested over 10 stages on Sunday 10th February. The last two championships have been won by the Moffett brothers, Sam & Josh and both are scheduled to make the start next weekend in their R5 Fiestas. International Rally Star, Craig Breen, is the top seeds and firm event favourite.

 

The top 10 includes multiple former Tarmac and National Champions make the top 10 with many crews switching to R5 cars for the first time. Conor Foley is once again sitting with Donegal’s Donagh Kelly as they adapt to their new Skoda Fabia R5. Niall Maguire & Anthony Nestor are also on the Entry List in their Subaru WRC. Stephen Wright/Arthur Kierans return to the stages after nearly a year’s absence. Brendan Cumisky/Ronan O’Kane and Aaron McHale/Enda Sherry are also R5 mounted.

 

Paul Kelly is sitting for David Condell and Emmet Sherry is sitting with Stuart Darcy in the Modified category while Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming are also amongst the front runners.

 

 

AGM

 

The Annual General Meeting of Co. Monaghan Motor Club was held in the Four Seasons Hotel on Wednesday 23rd January before a large attendance. Secretary Paul Hughes in his report summarised what had been a busy and successful year for the club. He appealed for more volunteers to share the workload. The Chairman Conor Maguire thanked all who had helped and supported the club and its activities throughout the year. In particular he thanked the Four Seasons as main sponsor of the Stages Rally, all local sponsors and those who provided venues for events, as well as residents and landowners along the routes of the events. There was a round of applause for all club members who were successful at both International and National level in 2018.

 

The election of officers for 2019 resulted as follows:

Chairman: Conor Maguire, Vice-Chairman: Brendan Flynn, Secretary: Paul Hughes, Treasurer: Cathal MacArtain, Ast, Treasuer: Brendan Flynn, PRO: Evin Hughes, Registrar: Ronnie Hawe, Committee: Kerry Stevenson, Eoghan Corr, Michael Sheridan, Cathal McGlone, Shane Farrell, Garry Farrelly, Ciaran Tynan, Fintan Keenan, Samuel Patterson and Emmet Sherry.

 

Defending National Night Navigation Champions, Derek Mackarel & Muireann Hayes, remain on course for the successful defence of their title after back to back 2nd places finishes on the Skibbereen 100 Isles & Cork 1000 Shakes Navigation Trials. These events occurred in successive weekends after the postponement of the Cork event in January.

 

On the 100 Isles, it proved to be a very demanding event with very high penalties for most crews. In the end it was the team of James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody who took the win from Mackarel/Hayes. The following weekend, some snowy and icy conditions faced crews on the Macroom based 1000 Shakes. On this occasion, overall honours went to Owen Murphy & Daire Hayes with Mackarel/Hayes edging out Fitzgerald/Carmody on a tie-break for 2nd place.

 

Mackarel/Hayes hold the advantage on points with Fitzgerald/Carmody not far back in 2nd place. Mac Kierans/Conor Boylan have contested all rounds to date and hold 3rd place. Two rounds remain in Cavan & Monaghan next month and dropped scores could also play a factor in where the 2018-2019 National title will go.

 

Galway International Rally

 

The 2019 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship kicks into gear this weekend with the return of the Galway International Rally after a year’s absence. The event will be a 1 day event contested over 10 stages on Sunday 10th February. The last two championships have been won by the Moffett brothers, Sam & Josh and both are scheduled to make the start next weekend in their R5 Fiestas. International Rally Star, Craig Breen, is the top seeds and firm event favourite.

 

The top 10 includes multiple former Tarmac and National Champions make the top 10 with many crews switching to R5 cars for the first time. Conor Foley is once again sitting with Donegal’s Donagh Kelly as they adapt to their new Skoda Fabia R5. Niall Maguire & Anthony Nestor are also on the Entry List in their Subaru WRC. Stephen Wright/Arthur Kierans return to the stages after nearly a year’s absence. Brendan Cumisky/Ronan O’Kane and Aaron McHale/Enda Sherry are also R5 mounted.

 

Paul Kelly is sitting for David Condell and Emmet Sherry is sitting with Stuart Darcy in the Modified category while Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming are also amongst the front runners.

 

 

AGM

 

The Annual General Meeting of Co. Monaghan Motor Club was held in the Four Seasons Hotel on Wednesday 23rd January before a large attendance. Secretary Paul Hughes in his report summarised what had been a busy and successful year for the club. He appealed for more volunteers to share the workload. The Chairman Conor Maguire thanked all who had helped and supported the club and its activities throughout the year. In particular he thanked the Four Seasons as main sponsor of the Stages Rally, all local sponsors and those who provided venues for events, as well as residents and landowners along the routes of the events. There was a round of applause for all club members who were successful at both International and National level in 2018.

 

The election of officers for 2019 resulted as follows:

Chairman: Conor Maguire, Vice-Chairman: Brendan Flynn, Secretary: Paul Hughes, Treasurer: Cathal MacArtain, Ast, Treasuer: Brendan Flynn, PRO: Evin Hughes, Registrar: Ronnie Hawe, Committee: Kerry Stevenson, Eoghan Corr, Michael Sheridan, Cathal McGlone, Shane Farrell, Garry Farrelly, Ciaran Tynan, Fintan Keenan, Samuel Patterson and Emmet Sherry.

 

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The 2019 Irish Forestry Championship kicked off with the Carrick-on-Suir Forestry Rally. The six stage event incorporated stages in the Wexford area. These stages haven’t been used for several years providing a fresh challenge for the championship regulars. Reigning Champions, Josh Moffett & Stephen Thornton didn’t make the start so 2017 Champions Sam Moffett & James Fulton and top seeds Barry McKenna/Andy Hayes led the Monaghan charge.

Moffett/Fulton were having their first taste of the woods in over a year and settled into a steady pace. They finished the opening loop in 4th place, 10 seconds off pace setter Martin McCormack/Barney Mitchell. McKenna/Hayes were a further 11 seconds back in a similar Ford Fiesta R5. The pair maintained their positions over the second loop with Moffett/Fulton missing out on a podium position by just two seconds.

Brendan Cumisky/Ronan O’Kane secured 9th overall in their Skoda Fabia R5. Calum Maguire guided Peter McCullagh to 11th overall with Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan finishing just behind in 12th place in their Lancer. Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips brought their Escort home to 19th overall and 2nd in class 14.

Arthur Kierans guided Billy Coleman Award Winner, James Wilson, to 24th overall and 2nd in class 2. Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes emerged home 26th overall and 2nd in the Junior class just 7 seconds off the winner after a close battle all day. Michaela McGinn guided Damien McGauren to 27th overall and 3rd in class. Conor Boylan guided Peter Beaton to 3rd in the Junior 1000 class.

The Irish Forestry Championship will continue with the Limerick Forestry Rally in early March.