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Ronnie Hawe an Appreciation

Posted: November 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

As we lined both sides of the road from his home to the church on Thursday last to pay respect to Ronne Hawe, we were conscious that what we were witnessing, was the reality of the funeral of the driving force of Monaghan Motor Club for more than five decades. He was the public face of the club for most of that time and his influences reached into every aspect of the sport locally.

Ronnie’s involvement in the sport started first in the Karting Club. In 1968 the Karting Club by mutual agreement and in order to maintain links between the two clubs appointed two delegates from the Karting Club on the understanding that they would automatically become directors of CMMC at their next AGM. Ronnie being one of the two delegates has been re-elected ever since.

He was Clerk of the Course of the major karting race meetings of 1968 and 1969. However, he took the Monaghan Motor Club by surprise when, along with Malcolm Totten as navigator, they took their Sunbeam Stiletto to 5th overall on the 1969 Circuit of Monaghan Rally. This was their first ever rally and they succeeded in winning all the local awards for this event – the George Cannon Trophy and also the best novice crew from County Monaghan. Ronnie went on to compete in local and national rallies throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties culminating in winning the National Navigation Rally Championship in 1989. At the same time during those years, he was immersed in the organisation for the club: Clerk of the Course for the Daylight Stages Rally in 1972 and 1973: Clerk of the Course for the Forestry Rally in 1982, for the Multi Stages Rally 1986-1992 consecutively and then Deputy Clerk of the Course for over ten years.

Since 1968 Ronnie has never been far away from the centre of activities within the club and his valued input has been continuous and immense since. It is to his influences, decision making, force of personality and integrity with which we have come to identify him most of all. He was a constant in the life of the club. No matter what the prevailing negatives might be, socially, politically or functionally he resolutely stood by the theory that a way must be found. His instincts were always geared to his vision of growing the club and adapting to the ever changing demands of the time. In recent years this is reflected in his son Lee-Ron input into the ongoing promotion of the club and its activities through technology and social media channels.

When he came into the club in the late sixties the sport was small, leisurely and largely unregulated. Now the demands of health and safety, professionalism and regulation means the pressures are considerable. He oversaw all that and more. Image building and selling the club in the community were so important to him and today we reap the rewards from his foresight. In summary he was a tireless worker as organiser, administrator, competitor and promotor. A quotation from one of the present directors of the club speaks accurately – “We will miss Ronnie’s experience, candour and willingness to safeguard Club interests above his personal popularity or gain. Never faltered on tough decisions and told it as it was. Thank you Ronnie and respect”. Indeed he could be irascible and direct but again this was born of his push for the highest standards for everyone involved.

Throughout his many decades of achievements and commitments in the club, he and Cora were a team in everything. As an administrator Cora was unequalled. She was highly skilled, highly qualified and indefatigable in everything she did for the club. Between them they were the backbone of the club in its growth and many successes. Before a major event it was not unknown for Ronnie and Cora to be labouring away until the small hours getting everything ready for the next day.

In more recent years Ronnie’s health deteriorated and he spent periods in hospital. Despite undergoing many medical procedures he never lost his interest and enthusiasm. He astounded many of us by the way he could bounce back. Again this was born of his abiding determination to never give up. A lesser person would have walked away from the pressures of such involvement.

The Monaghan Motor Club will miss Ronnie across many fronts but all this is nothing to the loss he is to Cora, Lee-Ron and Samantha and to the extended family circle. To all we offer our sympathy. He was a motor sport enthusiast but above all he was a family man. May he rest in peace.

Monaghan Motor Club Update 22/09/2020

It has been a quiet year since our last club event in January – apart from our Virtual Navigation in
April during ‘Covid lockdown’, when at that time – a lot of us were either off work or working from
home. It has been an extraordinary time since and indeed it has not been gentle on a lot of people
and families in our community and for the members and friends of this club. We hope we will soon be heading in the right direction at some point towards the end of the year. This might be slow and indeed not without some setbacks as we are experiencing nationally. Covid certainly has not goneaway, so we must work hard together, control and eradicate its occurrence and help prevent spikes arising in this county – not to mention the country as a whole, by adhering to the HSE guidelines and practicing the simple basic rules of cleanliness and social distancing.
With regard to our club events for the remainder of 2020, regrettably it’s a non-starter. This year we
had to cancel our March Navigation event, the annual Monaghan Stages Rally, the Autotest and the Endurance Trial. These cancellations have had a major impact on our prestigious club
championships. In the same way, we have had to cancel both our Club Navigation Trial
Championship and our Traders Championship for 2020. In these difficult and testing times, all of that
is a small sacrifice to pay compared to the life changing situations so many in our community have had to endure and now live with.
Certainly, we are all looking forward to better times ahead when Covid does not dictate the rules for our movements, our actions and indeed our motorsport events. We look forward to getting back to some form of normality, greeting each other in person and enjoying the competitiveness, the volunteerism, and our common friendship which is such an essential part of our clubs wellbeing.
We acknowledge our front line workers, health support personnel and community volunteers, and
offer them our greatest respect. To our many members and friends we thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you again on our events in the near future.
The onset of October each year was always relished by our Navigation Trial competitors when the first event after the summer months took place. We looked forward to dusting down the cars,
unfolding the maps and brushing up on our navigation skills. Unfortunately not this year.
As a modest replacement, we are planning to organise a Virtual Desktop Navigation Trial on the
original scheduled event date of Saturday 3rd October. Similar to our April Virtual Navigation event (when we had over 60 entries!), we will plot a testing and fun route for competitors of all classes to keep their interests alive and indeed raise your adrenaline and get that chance to compete against your friends and fellow enthusiasts!
So stay safe, stay tuned, and watch out for the regs towards the end of this week!
Conor Maguire
Chairman
Monaghan Motor Club

Motorsport Ireland Statement
As a consequence of the ongoing health emergency and in accordance with the measures being implemented globally to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19, all events permitted by Motorsport Ireland are suspended until the 1st June 2020. This date may be revised but we will at all times be guided by government policy and what is the right thing to do on a national level.
All clubs affected by this suspension of events will be reimbursed the deposits which they have paid to Motorsport Ireland and we encourage those clubs to work directly with us with a view to hopefully running their events at a later time. These are extraordinary times, such as we have not experienced before, but the one thing that is certain is that we will come out of this, unfortunately no one can put a time on when that will be.
Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families that the virus has affected and to all those club members who for months have been devoting time and energy to the preparation of their 2020 events. We share their disappointment and wish to express our solidarity and support.
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Donagh Kelly & Conor Foley took overall victory on Round 1 of the 2020 Triton National Rally Championship, the Mayo Stages Rally. The event returned to Castlebar for the first time since 2009 and featured some challenging stages near Westport. Driving rain left some treacherous road condition where many fell afoul. Kelly & Foley profited from the late retirement of defending champion Josh Moffett to take the event win.

Reigning National Champions, Josh Moffett & Andy Hayes set the pace early on in their Hyundai I20 R5. He remarked that he was pushing but still keeping a safe pace. Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley held 2nd in their VW Polo R5 and were also content with their pace. Peader Hurson/Damien Connolly held 3rd in their Fiesta WRC despite losing time at junctions.

The rain intensified on the second loop making stages 4 and 6 particularly difficult. Moffett extended his lead as Kelly lost 15 seconds behind Roy White who had sustained a puncture. By stage 6, he was 21.6 seconds clear of Kelly with Hurson another 9 seconds behind. The final loop proved dramatic as Hurson rolled out on Stage 8 and Moffett retired at the end of the stage with an ECU problem. This left Kelly/Foley clear to take the overall honours. Roy White/James O’Brien finished 2nd with Gary Kiernan/Ryan Moore 3rd overall and top two wheel drive crew.

Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming finished 7th overall and 2nd in class in their Toyota Corolla. Conor Mohan guided Eamon Kelly to 15th overall in their Fiesta R2 taking class 2 honours. Arthur Kierans/Conor Maguire brought their Subaru Impreza to 23rd overall and 2nd in class 15. Aisling McArdle guided Des Lyons to 34th overall and 2nd in class 11F. Ryan Brennan finished 5th in the Junior class with navigator Ronan Comerford.

Niall Maguire/Anthony Nestor retired after sliding off the road on the first stage. Michael Conlon/Martin Byrne retired on Stage 8. Derek Mackarel/Grace O’Brien retired after an off on stage 1 while Jack McKenna/Paddy McCrudden retired on Stage 6.

The National Rally Championship continues with the Circuit of Kerry Rally on April 5th.

Derek Mackarel & Conor Boylan took overall victory on last weekend’s Cavan Navigation Trial, Round 7 of the National Night Navigation Championship & Round 4 of the Border Navigation Championship.

The pair negotiated the 80-mile route 7 penalties clear of the opposition. Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin boosted their Border hopes with 2nd overall with the Semi-Expert crew of Shane Dalton/Seamus McTigue finishing a fine 3rd overall.

COC Thomas Wedlock mixed some old with the new with the first half of the event in familiar territory near Maudabawn before moving to some new terrain near Shercock. The first half of the event was fairly straightforward until a plot & bash section at TP15 & TP16. Any crew who overshot the intended lane would pass within 50 metres of the timepoint and there were some surprised faces at the finish who incurred double visit penalties. By CB, all crews were down time penalties but there was only a handful of penalties separating the top 10. A herringbone tulip diagram covering three timepoints would decide to the event. A multitude of ‘roads’ within very short distances of one another meant any slight deviation from the intended route would result in some very confused navigators as they attempted to get back on track. A number of crews missed timepoints here and those that did get them dropped considerable time.

Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan faired best to take the lead and they negotiated the remaining miles unscathed to take the event win on 9 penalties. Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin dropped 13 penalties on the plot & bash section but importantly got all the timepoints to move into 2nd place. Semi-Experts Shane Dalton/Seamus McTigue secured 3rd overall on 17 penalties with class rivals James McCabe/Shane Farrell just behind in 4th on 22 penalties. 5th overall went to another Semi-Expert crew of Bob Graham/Ryan Treanor.

Local men Aaron & Ben McIntyre took victory in the Novice class and 6th overall. Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron & Francis McElvaney/Danny McKenna completed the podium. Damien Hagan/Ryan Farrell took victory in the Beginners class.

The Navigation seasons concludes with the Monaghan Navigation Trial on Saturday 4th April. Cork crew Derek Butler & Denis O’Donovan have won the National title while the Border title is up for grabs between a number of crews.

Top 10 Results:
1st Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan (Subaru Impreza) 9m,
2nd Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 16m,
3rd Shane Dalton/Seamus McTigue (Subaru Impreza) 17m,
4th James McCabe/Shane Farrell (Subaru Impreza) 22m,
5th Bob Graham/Ryan Treanor (Subaru Impreza) 31m,
6th Aaron McIntyre/Ben McIntyre (Subaru Impreza) 45m,
7th Michael Tynan/Ciaran Tynan (Subaru Impreza) 47m,
8th Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 63m,
9th James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody (Subaru Impreza) 66m,
10th Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron (Subaru Impreza) 72m.