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Title: galway international rally
Description: 4th - 6th of february 2011

moylan - January 18, 2011 11:44 PM (GMT)
Its that time of year again lads to head to galway for the 4OTH galway rally. it promises to be some line up with a variety of historic cars aswell as the wrc machinery and of course the mk 2 :mk2: frank meaghers mk 2 escort 2223 IM will be taking to the stages in the hands of Seamus Burke ,Jimmy mc crae is rumoured to be entering a mk 2 as well as many past champions . So far entries have been received from tim mc nulty garthe mchale, kevin barrett ,daragh riordain in a wrc subaru . Eugene donnelly is supposed to be in a focus wrc . time will tell. full details are available on :up: :up: :up:

9928ZK - January 19, 2011 12:05 AM (GMT)
Doubt if 2223 IM will be driven by burke - John Moynihan owns that car now

pinto'd mk2 - January 19, 2011 02:03 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (9928ZK @ Jan 19 2011, 12:05 AM)
Doubt if 2223 IM will be driven by burke - John Moynihan owns that car now

Taken from

The event may also see the return to the Galway stages of the former Frank Meagher Escort with the famous Galway registration 2223 IM. Seamus Burke – RS 1800 - will have Martin Brady in the co-driver’s seat, fresh from the Monte Carlo rally.

Must be some sort of arrangement made :D

moylan - January 19, 2011 03:54 PM (GMT)
I was talking to one of the members lastnite and he told me it was definetly the car and seamus burke will be driving it :mk2:

9928ZK - January 26, 2011 02:59 PM (GMT)
1 Tim McNulty Co. Meath Paul Kiely Co. Sligo Subaru S12B 1
2 Kevin Barrett Co. Kildare Sean Mullally Co. Limerick Subaru Impreza WRC S11 6
3 Derek McGarrity Co. Antrim Diarmuid Falvey Co. Kerry Mitsubishi Evo 10 4
4 Alan Ring Co. Kerry Adrian Deasy Co. Dublin Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4
6 Aidan Bourke Co. Tipperary John Kinahan Co. Tipperary Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 5
7 William Mavitty Co. Fermanagh Brian Daniels Co. Waterford Mitsubishi Evo 9 4
8 Tom Flatherty Co. Galway Patrick Curley Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk2 14
9 Sam Moffett Co. Monaghan James O'Reilly Co. Monaghan Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4
10 Ross Forde Co. Galway Robbie Ward Co. Galway Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4
11 Tommy Doyle Co. Longford Liam Moynihan Renault Clio 3
12 Pat Kelly Galway Dean Raferty Co. Galway Subaru Impreza STI 9
14 Brian O'Keeffe Co. Waterford Donnacha O'Callaghan Co. Cork Subaru Impreza N11 4
16 Richard Burke Galway Johnny Burke Co. Galway Sabaru Impreza 15
17 Peter Howley Galway Martin Leonard Galway Toyota Starlet RWD 14
18 Eamon Dervan Co. Galway Keith Gardiner Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk2 13
19 Richard Whelan Galway Sarah Whelan Galway Honda Civic Vtec 11
20 Neil Pierce Co. Galway Enda O'Leary Galway Honda Civic 11
21 Geoffrey Dolan Co. Donegal Conor Murphy Co. Tyrone Talbot Sunbeam 13
22 David Quigley Galway Des Sherlock Galway Honda Civic EK4 2
24 Stephen Wright Co. Monaghan Paul McGee Co. Donegal Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 GpA 15
26 Jason McSweeny Co. Cork Denis O'Mahony Co. Cork Honda Civic 11
27 Paul Curley Co. Galway Jason Ollerenshaw Co. Galway Honda Civic EK4 6
28 David Carney Co. Mayo Ray Fitzpatrick Co. Laois Citroen C2 2
29 John Hickey Co. Kerry John McCarthy Co. Kerry Ford Escort 4x4 15
30 Liam Higgins Galway Brian Commins Galway Mitsubishi Evo 7 4
32 John Moran Co. Galway TBA Citroen C2 R2 1
33 John Conneely Galway Stephen O'Brien Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk2 11
34 Alan Fair Galway Jarlath Conneely Co. Galway Honda Civic 16
36 Tom White Co. Wexford TBA Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4
37 Jonathan Folan Galway Ger Myers Galway Subaru Impreza N10 16
38 Martin Donnelly USA Colin Fitzgerald Co. Cork Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4
39 Liam Egan USA Raymond Coppinger Co. Galway Subaru Impreza N12B 4
40 John Morris Co. Galway Martin Collins Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk2 13
41 Enda McCormack USA Enda Gerety Ford Escort Mk2 13
43 Cyril Kerr Co. Kilkenny Peter Keohane Co. Cork Ford Escort Mk2 11
46 Padraic Roche Co. Mayo Fergal Loughney Co. Mayo Ford Escort Mk2 12
47 Patrick Divilly Galway Gerard Divilly Galway Toyota Corolla RWD 11
48 John McGeehan Co. Galway Seamus Coffey Co. Mayo Mitsubishi Evo 5 15
50 Dermot Ryan Co. Clare TBA Vauxhall Nova 9
52 Anthony Masterson Co. Meath Tommy Clinton Co. Meath Honda Integra Type R 3
54 Kieran Murphy Co. Galway James Comer Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk2 12
55 Declan Forde Galway Ronan Lally Galway Ford Escort Mk2 10
58 Paul McHugh Co. Galway Aisling Grimes Co. Galway Honda Civic 2
60 Frank Moran Co. Galway Brian Forde Co. Galway Honda Civic EK4 2
62 Raymond Moloney Galway Richard Greaney Co. Galway Honda Civic EK4 16
64 Damien Boyle Co. Galway Sean Boyle Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk1 12
67 Brendan Dunne Galway Brendan Murphy Galway Honda Civic 16
70 Mark Cunningham Co. Galway John Dolan Co. Galway Honda Civic EK4 16
72 Kevin McHugo Co. Galway Ciaran Mahon Co. Galway Honda Civic 1.6VTI 11
76 Ronan Kinneavy Galway Mike Kineavy Galway Subaru Impreza 15

1 Alan Gibbons Co. Roscommon Noel Mulvihill Co. Roscommon Honda Civic J2
2 Darren Young Co. Kerry TBA Honda Civic J2
3 Justin Ryan Co. Galway Andy Walsh Co. Mayo Honda Civic Vtec J2
6 Ciarán Walsh Co. Mayo TBA Honda Civic J2
7 John Kelly Co. Kilkenny Christopher O'Mahony Co. Kilkenny Peugeot 106 GTi J2

1 Bryan Brophy Galway Joanna Brophy Galway Hillman Imp B1
2 Joseph Breslin Co. Donegal Stephen Lyons Co. Donegal Morris Cooper S B2
3 Donal O'Connor Co. Kerry Vincent Fagan Co. Dublin Ford Escort Mk1 C2
4 William Todd Co. Tyrone Noel Anderson Morris Mini Cooper S B2
5 Alan Courtney Co. Antrim Paul Soutar Co. Down Porsche Porsche 928 D4
7 Mike Devine Co. Galway Kevin Treacy Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk1 C2
8 Niall Keane Co. Galway Sean Henaghan Co. Roscommon Hillman Avenger C1
9 Aidan O'Connor Northern Ireland Ian Regan Northern Ireland Ford Escort C2
10 Martin Creaven Co. Galway Chris Crowe Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk1 C2
11 Vincente Frontinan USA Derek Power Galway Austin Mini B2
12 Mervyn Johnston Co. Fermanagh Wendy Blackledge Co. Fermanagh Austin Mini B2
14 James Power Co. Galway Declan Kelly Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk1 C2
16 Ray Cunningham Co. Galway Adrian Cusack Morris Cooper S B2
17 ED Murphy Co. Kerry John McCarthy Co. Kerry Ford Escort RS C2
18 Seamus Burke USA Martin Brady Co. Meath Ford Escort RS1800 D3
19 Frank Cunningham USA Robbie Ward Co. Galway Ford Escort Mk1 C2
20 James Sutherland England Paul Wakely Wales Porsche 911 C2

mcmahon00 - February 1, 2011 02:33 PM (GMT)
Anyone travelling to this???

pinto 2.0 - February 1, 2011 04:29 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (mcmahon00 @ Feb 1 2011, 02:33 PM)
Anyone travelling to this???

Was going to until i saw the entry list, about 2 class 14 entries and 4 13's. awful, just awful entry, hope its not a sign of things to come :cry:

pinto'd mk2 - February 1, 2011 06:42 PM (GMT)
I'm headin up.... Reckon all int. rallies this year are goin average entries all year.. Maybe donegal will be exception...

9928ZK - February 1, 2011 06:58 PM (GMT)
Stage times available on the link below :up:

ZM-Sport - February 1, 2011 07:18 PM (GMT)
Im going, poor entry i know but thats the way it goes, mabye gives a chance to the lads who couldnt get an entry the last few years, keep an eye out for no. 64 d.boyle
just moved ud from a civic, has a really fit mk1 running a pinto. :driver:

doniek - February 1, 2011 11:04 PM (GMT)
Was chatting with someone from Galway tonight, and they said that there have been a lot of withdrawls over last couple of days, so much so that it looks like 51 starting the main field......... :cry:

moylan - February 3, 2011 11:40 PM (GMT)
all we can do is make the best of it if the weather holds up :smilie:

escortmk2mad - February 4, 2011 01:30 PM (GMT)
still not sure if i'll go up tmr or not... haha i'll see how tonight goes....
agree with Geoff though... no entry this year is gonna be unreal by the standards ofa few years ago!

Lil Red - February 5, 2011 08:35 PM (GMT)
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9928ZK - February 5, 2011 11:28 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (moylan @ Jan 19 2011, 03:54 PM)
I was talking to one of the members lastnite and he told me it was definetly the car and seamus burke will be driving it :mk2:

Seamus Burke was driving a different car today - ask your mate what happened to 2223 IM :D

moylan - February 7, 2011 06:17 PM (GMT)
I seen that alright. it was a pity . got it wrong as well as my source :cry:

9928ZK - February 7, 2011 06:27 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (moylan @ Feb 7 2011, 06:17 PM)
I seen that alright. it was a pity . got it wrong as well as my source :cry:

I would be VERY surprised to see John hire that car out to anyone

9928ZK - February 8, 2011 12:08 PM (GMT)
Some 26 years after departing from his native Ireland, Seamus Burke, one of the most decorated Irish rally drivers in the USA, marked his first return to the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.

Although Burke had returned to Ireland many times down through the years, this was his first time back competing in a rally car on the Irish stages.

Back in the day, Seamus Burke was a regular competitor on the Irish tarmac stages before moving to the USA.

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For the 2011 Galway International Rally, Burke would be back behind the wheel of a classic 1979 MK11 Escort RS1800.

The car is owned by Frank Cunningham (not MEAGHER as rumoured) another ex-pat who’s originally from Galway.

Frank, who now resides in the Boston area, played a big part in Burke’s return for this event. Frank, a long time friend, has also navigated for Seamus on numerous U.S. rallies.

The MK11 Escort is a very familiar car to Seamus as he had contested many rounds of the Irish and British Rally Championships in the early eighties in a very similar machine.

Burke would team up with co-driver Martin Brady, Martin, a familiar name to U.S. rally fans as he often makes the journey over to the U.S. to co-drive, most resently he sat with Tom Lawless at the New England Forest Rally..

Because of the car’s age and build it would be entered in the very popular historic class. Burke and Brady would start 18th in their class but despite the horrendous weather conditions, wind and driving rain, the pair would soon start to make their charge towards the front.

“We got off to a cautious start,” said Seamus. “The wind and driving rain make the going really tough. Although I have seen tough conditions at the Galway Rally in the past, I can’t recall anything like this. We had a bit of an intercom problem on the first stage, so Martin had to revert to hand signals. It took a few stages to get a feel for the car. For the past ten years or so I have been driving four wheel drive Mitsubishi’s mostly on gravel. I was quickly reminded how much of a handful the MK11 can be.”

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A slight break in the rain lets Seamus Burke and Martin Brady push a little harder getting some air under the historic 1979 Ford Escort RS1800.

At the end of day Burke and Brady were sitting 3rd overall in the Historic Class heading into the overnight halt in Galway. As daylight broke over Galway Bay the conditions on day two would prove to be just as challenging. Pushing on, Burke and Brady would move to second.

They faced near disaster at the final service when the starter failed. Rather than changing the starter they decided on a push start to avoid a time penalty and prayed that the wee MK11 would stay running until the end. Despite the drama, they did eventually finish and managed to hold their position taking second overall in Historic and also claiming first overall in the Classic class.

The other U.S. based Irish drivers that also made the trek back to Ireland for the Galway Rally had some mixed results. Enda McCormick [NY] would have a big off on SS2 in his MK11 Escort ending his event. Frank Cunningham [MA] who ran in a Historic MK1 Escort, unfortunately would have to retire due to electrical issues. Martin Donnelly [NY] in a Mitsubishi Evo 9 retired on last stage of the rally with Turbo problems, while Liam Egan [NY] finished 11th overall in a Subaru Impreza N12B.

zv42475 - February 10, 2011 10:05 PM (GMT)
I take my hat off to you Declan you know your stuff.javascript:emoticon(':applause:')

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