19 March 2018

Motorsport Ireland Weekend Roundup

Donagh Kelly and co-driver Conor Foley

Donegal driver Donagh Kelly, the former National and Tarmac rally champion, extended his already long list of achievements by becoming the first driver ever to win the Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork International five years in a row, writes Richard Burke.

At the finish in Clonakilty yesterday, he and co-driver Conor Foley had almost two minutes to spare over runners up Josh Moffett and Andy Hayes, who led the R5 challenge to Kelly’s more powerful Ford Focus World Rally Car. The Monaghan-Wexford pair took their Fiesta to maximum points towards the Clonakilty Blackpudding/Michelin Irish Tarmac title, as WRC cars are no longer eligible for the series.

Defending Tarmac title holder Sam Moffett, Josh’s elder brother, had a good day yesterday, as he climbed from fourth place at the end of Saturday’s eight stages, to overtake Declan Boyle, finishing the weekend just nine seconds behind his sibling. Dubliner Rob Barrable, a former West Cork winner, was fifth this time, ten seconds down on Boyle.

Callum Devine from Co Derry had his first event on home soil as Young Rally Driver of the year, and had a great drive to bring his one litre Fiesta R2T into eleventh place overall, beaten only by the much more powerful WRC and R5 cars which scored a clean sweep of the top ten positions. The Billy Coleman Award winner took a comfortable class win.

14 March 2018

Kia to drive Nationwide Running Race Series

Catherina McKiernan and Rose of Tralee, Jennifer Byrne, set the pace ahead of the inaugural Kia Race Series which kicks off on 17 March with The Streets of Portlaoise 5k, writes Trish Whelan

The Kia Race Series will bring together seven well established regional races around Ireland under one umbrella with an added closed road running event in Mondello Park.

The Kia Race Series is encouraging Ireland’s best male and female distance athletes to compete against each other, with a new Kia Stonic up for grabs for both the overall male and female winner of the series. To be eligible to win the series, runners must take part in five of the eight races including the finale. There’s the added incentive of €7,000 bonus fund available for course records.

Runners can enter online on kiaraceseries.com and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook @KiaRaceSeries.

The KIA Race Series
  1. Streets of Portlaoise 5k - 17th March 11am
  2. Run with Catherina (Co. Cavan) 10k - Saturday, April 28th 7pm (Provisionally)
  3. Tallaght AC 5k - Sunday May 6th 12pm
  4. Bob Heffernan 5k (Enfield, Co. Meath) - Tuesday 22nd May, 8pm
  5. Braveheart 5k (Trim, Co. Meath) - Friday, June 15th, 8pm
  6. Dunshaughlin 10k Road Race - Saturday, June 23rd, 7:30pm
  7. Roscommon 10 Mile - 7th July 2018, 11:30am
  8. Mondello International 10k -  September 9th, 11am
Elite runners will be invited to each event and will receive complimentary entry. Kia Motors Ireland will be offering €1,000 per race in course record bonuses, €500 male / female, as well as the two Kia Stonic cars which the series winners will have use of for one year.

Easyparking at Jervis Street Car Park in Dublin

Paul Dalton of easytrip and Neil Cunningham of APCOA Parking at Jervis Street car park
Easytrip has expanded their car parking portfolio in Dublin with the addition of Jervis Street car park, writes Trish Whelan.

Easyparking, easytrip's parking service offers hassle free electronic parking to customers with the use of a tag, with no need to take a ticket or queue at the paying station. The easytrip tag is scanned on entry and exit to the car park and the fee is then automatically deducted from the tag holder's account.

The Jervis Street car park has 267 car spaces and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. New and existing easytrip customers can sign up for parking by calling easytrip on 1890 67 67 68 or by logging onto www.easytrip.ie. Easyparking is available at locations in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford.

13 March 2018

Renault to partner St Patrick's Day Festival

Adeline Minchin, Sponsorship Manager St Patrick's Festival, with 'St Patrick', and Karla Clifford, Brand Communications Manager Renault Ireland.
Renault Ireland will continue as the official car partner of St Patrick's Festival for the next three years, writes Trish Whelan. This year's festival will run from Thursday 15 to Monday 19 March, with over 3,000 people taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade and over 500,000 expected to line the streets of Dublin on the day.

As part of its involvement, seven special green Renault Kadjars, Capturs and Koleos will weave their way through the capital during the parade including the 100 per cent electric Renault ZOE which will feature within the artistic pageantry of the parade.

The overall theme of this year's festival is Home, and a programme of special events inspired by all things 'home' will run throughout Dublin over the five days including a unique film commission project, street-theatre, talks, walks, spoken word, literature, music, Irish language, visual art and more. Renault Ireland's theme is May the Road Rise to Meet You (go n-eiri an bothar leat), a well-know as Gaeilge expression of good wishes.

As official car partner, Renault Ireland will provide 10 vehicles for use in both the St Patrick's Day Parade and official St Patrick's Festival duties.

Adeline Minchin, and Liz O'Gorman, Marketing Manager Renault Ireland, are pictured below.