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The Wolf Dog Tavern
Co. Mayo
B&B Rooms available
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Avondale B&B,
Quay Road,
Co. Mayo
Contact 087 9176081  
Email: bilbow@eircom.net
Lissadrone B & B
Family friendly, wifi, all facilities, family rooms, singles & doubles.
Next to Lacken Strand, all amenities including fishing, walking trails etc.

Contact lissadrone@gmail.com or 086 8755957

PDF available: Copy of Mayo Stages 2015 Seeded Entry List 03.03.15 1.1

Mayo Stages Rally 2015 Entry List

Car no. Driver/ Codriver Address Make Class
1 Paddy McVeigh/ Gary McElhinney Co Tyrone/ Co Donegal Subaru Impreza S12B 8
2 Niall Maguire/TBA Co Monaghan Subaru Impreza WRC 7
3 Frank Wray/ TBA Co Tyrone Subaru Impreza WRC 7
4 Aaron McHale/ Paul McGee Co Kildare/Co Mayo Mitsubishi Evo 9 4
5 Shane Maguire/ Stephen Thornton Co Monaghan Mitsubishi Evo 9 4
6 Trevor Bustard/ Kenny Bustard Co Donegal Evo 9 4
7 Pat Kirk/ John McElhinney Co Armagh/ Co Donegal Mitsubishi Evo 9 4
8 Jonathon Pringle/Martin Byrne Co Cavan Ford Escort MkII 14
9 Damian Toner/ Damien Fleming Co Armagh Ford Escort MkII 14
10 Pat Donnegan/ Alan Keena Co Meath/ Co Westmeath Ford Escort MkII 14
11 David Moffett/ Fintan Sherry Co Monaghan Toyota Starlet 13
12 Daniel Conaghan/ Terence Magee Co Donegal Ford Escort 13
14 David Armstrong/ TBA Co Down Ford Escort MkII 14
15 Fintan McGrady/ Gavin Campbell Co Antrim/ Co Down Ford Escort 14
16 Raymond Conlon/ Sarah Whelan Co Monaghan/ Co Galway Toyota Carolla 13
17 Micheal Carbin/ Emmet McCooey Co Monaghan Mitsubishi Evo IV 20
19 Conor Watters/Paddy Mc Crudden Co Donegal Ford Escort 14
20 Shane Buckley/ John Lynch Co Mayo/ Co Cork Honda Civic 13
21 Calvin Beattie/Darragh Mullen Co Down Ford Fiesta R2 2
22 Marty Toner/ Sharon Clarke Co Armagh/ Co Sligo Talbot Sunbeam 12
23 Declan McNaughton/TBA Co Armagh Ford Escort MkII 14
24 Seamus Connolly/ Gary McCrudden Co Monaghan Ford Escort G3 11R
25 Callum Devine/ Brian Hoy Co Derry/ Co Fermanagh Ford Fiesta R2 2
26 Brian Armstrong/ Mark Tierney Co Tyrone/ Co Monaghan Ford Escort MkII 12
27 Colin Loughney/ Seamus Murphy Co Mayo Ford Escort MkII 12
28 Dermot Cannon/ Bobby Trimble Co Donegal Ford Escort MkII 13
29 Willie McFadden/ Brendan McElhinney Co Donegal Ford Escort G3 13
30 Pat Price/ Patrick Price Co Dublin Mitsubishi Evo 6 20
31 Enda McCormack/ Colin Fitzgerald New York Skoda Fabia S2000 7
32 Shane ORourke/ Alan McGovern Co Leitrim/ Co Dublin Mitsubishi Evo 9 4
33 Padraic McGee/ Shane Barry Co Donegal/Co Mayo Honda Civic 1
34 Shane Forde/Seamus McTigue Co Donegal Honda Civic 2
35 Paul Gallagher/ Paddy Gallagher Co Donegal Ford Escort 11R
36 Kevin McLaughlin/ TBA Co Donegal Honda Civic 11F
38 Derek Bolton/ Sean Hassett Co Mayo Subaru V45TI 15
39 Brendan McAree/ Johno Doogan Co Monaghan Porsche 911 14
40 John Coyne/ Christy Farrell USA/ Co Meath Talbot Sunbeam Lotus 19
41 Kenneth McHale/ Derek McCarthy Co Mayo Subaru Impreza 15
42 Marty Gallagher/ Dean OSullivan Co Donegal Honda Civic 11F
43 Keelan Maguire/ Martin McGarrity Co Tyrone/ Co Fermanagh Honda Civic 16
44 Barry Cuffe/ Aidan Gannon Co Mayo/ Co Sligo Ford Escort 11R
45 Mark Ewing/ TBA Co Donegal Honda Civic Type R 2
46 Vincent McAree/ Martin Connolly Co Monaghan Ford Escort 13
47 Drew Stewart/ Steven Park Co Antrim Ford Escort MkII 13
48 Ciaran Kennedy/Patrick O Hora Co Mayo Honda Civic 1
50 Mark Boyle/ Charles Gallagher Co Donegal Honda Civic 1
51 Sean McCaul/ Frank Clerkin Co Monaghan Ford Escort G3 11R
52 Cartha Boyle/ Johnny Rooney Co Donegal/ Co Leitrim Ford Escort 11R
53 Declan Hall/ Chris Corr Co Armagh/ Co Tyrone Toyota Corolla 11R
54 Christy Gallagher/ Pauric Carr Co Donegal Toyota Starlet 11R
56 Gene McDonald/ Kevin Reilly Co Cavan Ford Escort MkII 9
57 Liam Regan/ David McElroy Co Antrim/ Co Down Ford Escort 12
58 Damien Scanlon/ James McDermott Co Sligo Honda Civic 2
59 Roger Kennedy/ Wendy Blackledge Co Antrim/ Co Fermanagh Peugot 306 3
60 John Duffy/ John Egan Co Mayo/ Co Meath Honda Integra 3
61 Martin Swinburne/ Gretchen Fegan Co Monaghan Corolla Twincam 16
62 Matthew Murphy/ Ronan Murphy Co Mayo Toyota Carolla 11R
63 Simon Michael/ Connor Dunlop Co Antrim Ford Escort MkII 12
64 William Carey/ Jimmy Graham Co Antrim Ford Escort MkII 13
65 Brendan OReilly/ TBA Co Cavan Ford Escort 9
66 Michael Ryan/ Billy Shealy Co Tipperary Honda Civic 6
67 JF Shovelin/ Terence Furey Co Donegal Subaru Impreza 15
68 Adrian Sweeney/ Shane Buckley Co Donegal Peugeot 207 11F
69 Peter McCarry/ Mick Bonner Co Donegal Ford Escort 13
70 Philip Hamilton/ Damian Kelly Co Armagh/ Co Tyrone Citroen C2 11F
71 Charlie Heraghty/ Barry McBride Co Donegal Toyota Carolla 11R
72 Paul Crosby/ Fintan Lennon Co Cavan/ Co Monaghan Ford Escort G3 16
73 Justin Ryan/ John Burke Co Galway Honda Civic 16
74 Declan Connolly/ Alison Hughes Co Monaghan Honda Civic 9
75 Gerard Gibbons/ Adrian Rankin Co Donegal Ford Escort 11R
76 Ruairi McCaffrey/ Domhnall Lennon Co Tyrone/ Co Louth Honda Civic 1
77 David Healy/ Stephen McGing Co Mayo Honda Civic 1
78 Tony Langdon/ David Loughney Co Mayo Honda Civic 6
79 Michael Loughney/ Fergal Loughney Co Mayo Ford Escort 9
81 Eamonn McCafferty/ Micheal Donnellan Co Donegal Ford Puma 2
82 Noel Murphy/ Stephen Monaghan Co Mayo/ Co Galway Honda Civic 16
83 Kevin Cole/ Matthew Kirwan Co Cavan Ford Escort 12
84 Johnny Orr/ Marty McBearty Co Donegal Honda Civic 1
85 Johnny Treanor/ Adrian Foley Co Monaghan Vauxhall Nova 9
86 Ivan Warwick/ Evelyn Warwick Co Antrim Audi Quattro SWB 20
87 Shane Carr/ Gary Lockhart Co Donegal Vauxhall Nova 10
88 Andrew Stewart/ Tony Gallagher Co Donegal MGZR 9
89 Stephen Campbell/ Billy Fanneran Co Donegal Honda Civic 1
90 Karl Fallis/ Steven Monaghan Co Fermanagh Honda Civic 2
91 Mark Murphy/ Paul Stuart Co Sligo Ford Escort 12
92 Ronan Moore/ Lorcan Moore Co Mayo Ford Escort 2
93 Trisha Greavy/ Thomas Wedlock Co Mayo/ Co Cavan Honda Civic 16
94 Stephen Kelly/ Jared Gill Co Mayo Ford Escort MkII 11R
96 Michael Feeney/ Paul McGinnis Co Galway/ Co Mayo Volkswagon Golf 18
97 Martin Cawley/ Kenneth Langan Co Mayo Peugeot 205 GTi 10
98 Aubrey Carson/ Mary McAndrew Co Mayo Vauxhall Nova 10
99 Raymond Carroll/ Chrystal Culkeen Co Mayo Ford Escort 10
100 Brian Lavelle/ Shane Byrne Co Mayo Honda Civic 1
101 Patrick McEveney/ Patrick McEveney Jnr Co Mayo Toyota Corolla 11F
102 Gerard McHugh/ Paul Gallagher Co Donegal/ Co Derry Suzuki Swift 16
103 Padraig Conneely/ Liam Walsh Co Mayo Toyota Corolla 11F
104 David Moran/TBA Co Mayo Citroen Saxo 10
105 Stephen Doherty/Alan Moran Co.Mayo Opel Kadette 16

“Start your engines”, Mayo Stages Rally Launched

The countdown to the 2015 Hotel Ballina – Kennedy Motors Mayo Stages Rally is firmly on following a successful launch at Hotel Ballina, headquarters for the March 8th event.  A large crowd was in attendance on Friday night last to hear information about this year’s rally from a selection of speakers, including Clerk of the Course Padraic Roche and Chairman of Mayo & District Motorsport Club Matthew Murphy, who thanked all the sponsors who have made the running of the 2015 Mayo Stages Rally possible.


Among those attending was Andrew Mullen, sponsor of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship, of which the Mayo Stages is the opening round, Brendan Flynn representing the Border Rally Championships, and Joe Corcoran from Motorsport Ireland. Local representatives included member of An Garda Síochána, members of Ballina Chamber of Commerce and local county councillors, founding Ballina Motorclub members and representatives from all the event sponsors.


With one week to go Mayo & District Motorsport Club reports that a surge of competitors have entered the Mayo Stages Rally in recent days, with seeding taking place on Sunday night an entry list will be available on www.mayomotorsportclub.com thereafter.


Continuing on from the success of last year’s events in Ballina Town Center, the rally festival with an array of entertainment returns on the Saturday evening. This kicks off at 5.30pm in the Market Square featuring a Rally School Ireland display, F1 Pit stop challenge, Mattie Griffin Freestyle Motorcycle Display, display of Rally Cars from 8pm and much more family entertainment.


For spectators intending to visit the rally next weekend, plenty of time should be allowed to get to the stages to park and find a safe viewing location, as some of the stages have only limited access. Always obey the marshals and follow their instructions, as they are there to ensure that everyone has a safe day’s rallying. A Rally Programme with a detailed map will be available to purchase in the area in the coming days costing €5.

The 2015 Mayo Stages Rally is continuing the high standard of previous years with news and information available to rally fans. In order to keep competitors and spectators as informed and up-to-date as possible, Mayo & District Mo-torsport Club utilizes a range of communication tools in the build up to, and during rally week-end. The Club is already providing regular updates via its Twitter account MayoMotorClub and Facebook page Mayo Motorsport Club. Also on the Sunday of the event when the rally itself roars into action, regular live updates and interviews will be broadcast on Mid West Radio’s Sunday Sports Show. www.midwestradio.ie & 96.1fm

Credit for Pictures: John O’Grady

Rally Launch

The launch of the 2015 Hotel Ballina – Kennedy Motors Mayo Stages Rally takes place next Friday, February 27th in Hotel Ballina at 7.30pm. There will be a display of rally cars on show outside the hotel and photographs will be taken with sponsors, rally championship representatives and the organising committee, along with guest speakers on the evening. The launch is open to the public and everybody is invited to come along to get into the Rally mood, ahead of the event which takes place on Sunday 8th of March.

News from 22/02/2015

Motorsport News
The Mayo & District Motorsport crew of Ed Muldoon and Darragh Mullen made the trip on Saturday last to Omagh, for the opening forest event for the year. The popular loose surface, clubman event based in the Fivemiletown area , used the usual format of challenging but smooth stages in the Jenkin Hill, Crocknagrally, Brown Hill and Doon forests which also included a combined start and finish venue at the Bridge Tavern, Eskra.
On the opening loop of four stages the pair felt their Mitsubishi Evo VI to be down on power and after some tweaks and retuning during the afternoon service, a much better second half of the day seen the pair finish the event in 12th place overall. A good result for the London based Westport native Muldoon and his Sligo navigator.
Elsewhere this weekend on the Motorsport scene four members braved the heavy rain on Sunday morning as the 2015 Triton Showers National Rally Championship kicked off in Abbeyleix with the Birr Stages Rally. Best home flying the Mayo flag was Shane Buckley from Ballyhaunis who steered his Class 13 Honda Civic to 4th place in class and 19th overall.
Belmullet man Shane Barry was on the notes for Donegal’s Pauric McGee, the pair claimed top honours in Class 1, coming home 47th overall.
The success story of the day had to be the Westport pairing of David Healy and Stephen McGing. In what was the first event for both Healy as driver and McGing as navigator, they came from behind and claimed second place in Class 1 by four seconds and finish in 60th place overall on the last stage of the event. It was a super performance from the pair in their Honda Civic and now have plans to go on and compete in the 2015 championships.

Thanks to Rally Through A Lens for Birr Photos
& Mark Breen for Forestry Photos

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News from 21/02/2015

Higgins Highest In Qatar

Recent Dakar Rally winner Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah confirmed a record-breaking dusty dozen wins in the QMMF Qatar International Rally, round one of the 2015 FIA Middle East Rally Championship, which drew to a conclusion in Doha on Saturday afternoon.

Qatar’s Khalid Al-Suwaidi with Kiltimagh co-driver John Higgins restarted under Rally2, after damaging a front suspension arm on day one and reached the finish in fifth overall.

After two time consuming wheel changes on Friday, Qatar’s Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and Killian Duffy found a good pace on the first two specials of the final day. But they hit terminal engine trouble on the 10th stage and retired after moving into third place after stage nine.

Speaking after the event Higgins said “It’s a nice position to be in after the first event of the season, we were fortunate to be able rejoin after the damage on Friday and we were pushing quite hard on the second day and managed to avoid the punctures that affected the others and cost them time”.

Unlike previous years, the MERC from 2015 onwards will comprise of eight rounds instead of six after Iran and Oman were included in the regional series.

The expansion of the series means Al Attiyah will face a more serious challenge to the defence of his Middle East title this year.

Kuwait will host the second round of the championship from March 12-14.


Closer to home this weekend Donegal’s Donagh Kelly and his Derry co-driver Kevin Flanagan powered their Ford Focus WRC to victory in the Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally, the opening round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship, which was based around Gort over the weekend.

Multiple tarmac champions Eugene Donnelly & Paul Kiely were just 39.2 secs behind in second spot in a Mini WRC, after they edged out Sam Moffett and Karl Atkinson in a Fiesta WRC by just 0.7 seconds.

A three-minute road penalty imposed on Tarmac champions Declan and Brian Boyle in their Subaru proved crucial to the outcome as it dropped them well down the field.

Mayo members Aaron MacHale and Paul McGee finished eighth overall and won group N, the pair coming from behind in the class to take the top spot during the last few stages.

After holding on to seventh place and leading class five for most of the event Pauric Duffy and Kevin Glynn had a slight excursion in their R5 Fiesta which seem them drop down the leader board during the last few stages, still an excellent result for the Australian based Mayo members on their first season of top level competition.

In the junior section of the event Headford’s Justin Ryan with Ballinrobe’s Andy Walsh on the notes brought their Honda Civic home in fourth place after a steady run during Sundays foggy and slippy conditions.

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Thanks to Rally Through A Lens for photos from the Galway International Rally

Co-Driver Training

Some pictures from our recent co-driver training ran in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris.

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Circuit of Ireland appoints Mayo man as Clerk of Course

Circuit of Ireland Rally organisers have announced that Westport man and well known rally official Tom Walsh, will take over the role of Clerk of Course for the 2015 event. Andy Gilmore, who managed the 2014 rally, has had to give up the role due to his work commitments.


Originally from County Limerick, Tom Walsh has been involved in rallying since 1969 when he took on his first marshalling role with a rally – the Circuit of Ireland. During the 1970’s and 1980’s Tom managed rally star Billy Coleman over a 14 year period helping him clinch three Circuit wins. Tom had a five year tenure as Chairman of the Tarmac Rally Organisers Association (TROA) and was Clerk of Course for the first ever Rally Ireland WRC in 2007 and Sporting Director for the 2009 Rally Ireland WRC.  Tom is currently a member of the Motorsport Ireland Commission.


“I got hooked on rallying in the 1960’s when as a young lad I first watched the Circuit of Ireland close to my home in Co Limerick and later I became a marshal at the Circuit. Since then I have referred to it as my ‘iconic rally’ so when Bobby called me and asked if I could take on the Clerk of Course position I had no hesitation in accepting!” explained Tom Walsh.


Paying tribute to Andy Gilmore’s contribution to the Circuit of Ireland, event director Bobby Willis said, “As a member of the Circuit organising team and event Clerk of Course, Andy played a vital role in the management and development of the Circuit and has helped to make it such a hugely successful event which last year attracted a total of almost 74,000 spectators. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank Andy for all his hard work – it really has been hugely appreciated by competitors, organisers and all our marshals and other volunteers.


“Looking forward to early April we’re delighted to have secured Tom Walsh as our new Clerk of Course. Well-known and respected in the rallying world, Tom has a tremendous range of experience and expertise which he can bring to the Circuit of Ireland enabling us to further enhance the event for both drivers and spectators.”


The Circuit of Ireland Rally takes place from Thursday 2nd April until Saturday 4th April 2015 and will be the third of ten rounds in the 2015 European Rally Championship. The 2015 Circuit of Ireland will also be counting rounds of the 2015 Irish Tarmac Championship and the Northern Ireland Rally Championship.


Members at recent Carlow Sprint in Mondello

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Pic credit John Delaney and caorabubha.com