Birr & District Motor Club

Archive 2015

BADMC AGM and PrizegivingAwards Added 2016-01-02

The Annual General Meeting of the Birr and District Motor Club will be held on Monday 11th January 2016 in the Racket Hall House Hotel, Dublin Road, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary at 8:00pm Sharp. After the meeting the 2015 Club Championship Awards will be presented followed by light refreshments.

Club Championship Awards

Club Championship Points Updated Final 2016-01-02

Final Club Championship Standings up to date as of 02-01-2016.

Final Club Championship Standings

5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross ChampionshipUpdated 2015-11-17

Points after Final Round (Round 9) of the 5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship.

Points will be declared final on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at 19:00. Queries on points to Eoin Longworth.

Prizegiving Dinner Dance will take place on Saturday 23rd January 2016 in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon, Co Clare in conjunction with the National Grass & Munster Autocross Championships Prizegiving.

Points after Final Round

Munster Autocross ChampionshipUpdated 2015-12-14

Munster Autocross Championship Results after Round 8

Final Round is in Cork on the 27th December.

Class Standings
Overall Standings Midlands East Rally Championship Points Reminder 2015-10-26

Championship Points will be declared final on Sunday 1st November 2015 @17:00 if no queries are received.

Prizegiving Dinner Dance is taking place on Saturday 27th November in O'Loughlins Hotel, Portlaoise. Tickets are now available from Eoin Longworth.

Provisional Points

Christmas Autotest Results Results 2015-12-29

Below are the results from a very wet Birr Christmas Autotest.

We'd like to thank the organisers, landowners and everyone envolved for organising a great event.

We'd also like to express a special thanks to all the Marshals who braved the wet conditions all day to make the event a success.

Results Overall
Results Classes

New Date - Christmas Autotest - 28th December 2015 Entries Received added 2015-12-21


Entry Form (pdf)
Entry Form (word)

Entries Received

Why not get rid of the post christmas blues by joining us in Borris in Ossory for our fun filled Autotest on Monday 28th December 2015. The tests will be simple & straight forward with a little bit of reversing thrown in for good measure. The Surface will be mixed with Gravel & Concrete with the the odd shed used.

Tests will be suitable for Road, Endurance & MVAT Cars. The venue is not suitable for Cars with Ultra Low Suspension.

One Event licences are available for this event and must be prebooked in advance. There will be a limit of 40 Drivers so entries will need to be sent in early.

Prizegiving after to be held in Sheerins Bar, Coolrain, where there will be plenty of food and entertainment with a pig on a spit and a celebrity tug of war!

Further details from Eoin Longworth or Bill Ryan.

Birr Loose Surface AutocrossResults 2015-11-22

Thanks to everybody that Competed, Marshaled or helped out in the Birr and District Loose Surface Autotest.

Final Full Results

Overall Specials Award - James Lucey Overall Specials Award - James Lucey Overall Saloons Award - John McGeehan Overall Saloons Award - John McGeehan 2015 5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship Winner - Walter Burke 2015 5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship Winner - Walter Burke Images courteousy of John Delaney

Birr Loose Surface AutocrossResults 2015-11-15

Gordon Percy

Final Full Results

Final Instructions 1
Entry List

Regs / Entry Form (pdf)
Regs / Entry Form (word)

Birr Loose Surface Autocross takes place on Sunday 15th November 2015 in Ballycumber, Co Offaly.

This event is a counting round of the 5 Star Catering National & O'Shea Bus Hire Munster Autocross Championships.

Venue: Ballycumber, Co Offaly.

Scrutiny: 8.30AM
Marshalls Briefing: 9.45AM
Drivers Briefing: 10AM
Practice: 10.15AM
Timed Runs: 10.45AM

Birr Endurance Trial - Sun 11th October 2015

Regs / Entry Form (pdf)
Regs / Entry Form (word)

Revised Seeded Entry List

Final Instructions 1

Full Results from the event are available at

Press Release: Coolrain for Motorsport Fun this Sunday

After Months of planning the Birr & District Motor Club’s Annual Car Endurance is all systems go for this Sunday 11th October. An Excellent Entry has been received with crews coming from as far away as Donegal, Sligo, Cork, Belfast & even London! The Endurance Trial is based in the picturesque pub, Sheeran’s of Coolrain nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

Last years winner Kevin O’Rourke from Ballymore Eustance makes his welcome return with his trusty Toyota Starlet, a car which makes up the majority of the entry. Other leading crews entered include Piers McFheorais/Ian McCullough & Belfast driver Mark Faulkner/Gillian Haydon in Mazda MX5’s along with Trevor O’Callaghan/Patrick O’Leary in a Subaru Justy!! Brian Duggan/Ken Carmody, Alan & George Shinnors, Karl O’Donoghue/Evan Hughes, Graham O’Donoghue/David Keane, Peter Barrable/Ruairi Nash, Damien Doran/James Mansfield & Father and Son duo of Patrick/Joe Corcoran.

Some local navigators are also competing on Sunday which include, Coillte employee Ger Buckley from Camross who sits with Paul Nolan, John Fogarty from Abbeyleix who is in the hot seat with Karl Grehan along up and coming Birr navigator Ciaran Garahy who is navigating for the former Irish Rallycross & Racing Champion Peter Faulkner.

There will be a great local battle this weekend with the Borris in Ossory crews of William Ryan/Barry Ryan & Eoin Quinlan/Frank Dwyer, all the Borris contingent as employees of Midland Tyre Services and will drive Toyota Starlets. The proprietor of Sheeran’s Pub Lar Hogan is also entered with Craig Dooley, for Lar & Craig it is there first time ever to compete in this exciting sport. Lar and Craig have entered in a Hyundai Coupe. Other crews who should feature in the results include David Forde/Sean Henehan, Gerry & Stephen Joyce, Declan Donohoe/Peter Molloy & James Driver/Brendan Walsh.

First Car is due to Start from outside Sheeran’s Bar at 10.30am with a Lunch Break back in Sheerans at 1.30pm from event finishing at 5pm back in Sheeran’s Bar.

More Details:

The Birr & District Motor Club Endurance Trial is taking place on Sunday 11th October following a date change.

H.Q for the Endurance Trial is Sheerans Bar, Coolrain, Co Laois close to Borris in Ossory & Mountrath.

18 Selectives are planned with very low road mileage. 95% of the route is on Loose Surface with some Forestry Selectives being planned.

Sheerans are providing a special Breakfast by the fireside for the competitors during sign on.


  1. Great Fun & Craic among the competitors.
  2. Cheap €195 Entry Fee inclusive of CPA & IRDS.
  3. Selectives Very Straight Forward not to hard on the Navigator.
  4. Full Roadbook so very easy for navigating.
  5. Route Map also provided.
  6. Suitable for Road Cars
  7. Sheerans Bar is HQ which serves tasty food.
  8. Sunday Start Time 10.31am. Finish Time 5pm.
  9. An ideal First Timers Event.
  10. Very Competitor Friendly Motorsport Event.

HQ: Sheerans Bar, Coolrain, Co Laois.

Sign on: 8:45 am
Briefing: 10.00 am
Start Time: 10:30 am
Lunch Break: c.13:15 in Sheerans Bar.
Finish Time: 17:00 Approx First Car Finishes.
Prize giving: 18:00 in Sheerans Bar.

Clerk of the Course is Eoin Longworth. If you need a Driver or Navigator for this event do not hesitate to give Eoin a call on the above number and he will try to sort you out.

Tom O'Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt 2015-08-03

As ever the Birr & District Motor Club's 47th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt was an outstanding success with a whopping 82 Crews taking part. The Car Treasure Hunt is part of the Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival.

This years route started in Dooly's Hotel Birr and moved on through Riverstown, The Pike and finished outside Shinrone. Clues were varied and some were demanding and hard to find.

The Joint Overall Winners were Ruth Haslam & Susan Wilson from Birr on 754 Marks with Joint runners up Ruth Scully from Birr & Tom Lynch from Banagher on 750 Marks, this was the closest finish ever on the Car Treasure Hunt. Terry Scully from Birr finishing in 3rd spot on 730 Marks.

The Birr & District Motor Club would like to thank all those who participated, The Residents along the route for there patience & understanding, Dooly's Hotel Birr for there excellent hospitality, Birr Vintage Week Committee along with the organisers Ian O'Brien, Eoin Longworth, Una O'Brien & Mick Boland who laid on a very enjoyable evenings fun.

Full results below


Birr Multi Venue Autotest Results 2015

Brian Duggan

Thanks to everybody that took part in the 2015 Birr and District Multi-Venue Autest.

The event consisted of 20 tests ran in challenging weather conditions and had 31 competitors. The winner was Richard Meeke in a Toyota Starlet.
The class winners are:

  • Class 1 - Jack Quinn (Peugeot 106)
  • Class 2 - John McAssey (Toyota Starlet)
  • Class 3 - Piers Mac Fheorais (Mazda MX-5)
  • Beginner - Aidan Kelly (Toyota Starlet)
  • First BADMC Member - David Forde (Toyota Starlet)

Full Results

Birr Multi Venue Autotest 2015 Final Instructions 2015-07-24

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The Birr Multi Venue Autotest will take place on the 26 July 2015.

Final Instructions 1
Seeded Entry List

Entry Form (pdf)
Entry Form (word)


  1. Great Fun & Craic among the competitors.
  2. Cheap €85 Entry Fee.
  3. Passengers can be carried (Over 16 Years).
  4. Tests Very Straight Forward not to hard on the Brain.
  5. Suitable for Road Cars.
  6. Creggan Court Hotel is HQ which serves tasty food.
  7. Texaco Service Station beside HQ and M6
  8. Sunday Start Time 10am.
  9. An ideal First Timers Event.
  10. Very Competitor Friendly Motorsport Event.

H.Q:Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath. Junction 8 M6.

Sign on: 8:30 am
Briefing: 9.45 am
Start Time: 10:00 am

Clerk of the Course: Sean Henehan

Birr 2 Day Autotest Results 2015

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Well done to all who took part in this years 2 Day Autotest and a big thank you and well done also to all marshals, officials, land owners, caterers and anyone else who helped to make the event a big success. A good Days Fun was had by all who participated.

Below are results and some pictures from the prize giving.

Saturday Results

Pictures From Saturday

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Sunday Results

Pictures From Sunday

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Birr 2 Day Autotest 2015

Rob Lewis

The Birr 2 Day autotest will take place this weekend, the 16th & 17th May 2015.

Saturday Results
Sunday Results

Entry Form (pdf)
Entry Form (word)


  1. Great Fun & Craic among the competitors.
  2. Cheap €40 Entry Fee.
  3. One Event Licences Available to cover both days only €25.
  4. Tests Very Straight Forward (not too hard on the Brain).
  5. Suitable for Road Cars.
  6. 5 Star Catering will be on Site for the 2 Days serving tasty food.
  7. Club Social night is taking place on Saturday Night in Sheerins Bar Coolrain, More Entertainment!!!
  8. Saturday Start Time 3pm and Sunday Start Time 11am.
  9. An ideal First Timers Event.
  10. Very Competitor Friendly Motorsport Event.

Event Secretary: Ian O'Brien
Clerk of the Course: Bill Ryan

Start Time (Saturday): 3:00 pm
Start Time (Sunday): 11:00 am

Birr Grass AutoCross 2015-03-22 Results Added 2015-03-25

Birr Grass AutoCross Poster 2015

The opening round of the PK Windows & Doors National Autocross Championship will be hosted by the Birr & District Motor Club on Sunday 22nd March.

An excellent venue is on offer close to Newtown on the Nenagh/Portroe Road.

Scrutiny: 9.15am
Practice: 11am
Timed Runs: 11:30am

Clerk of the Course is David Forde a well known Autocross competitor.

Regs & Entry Form


Birr Stages Rally 2015

Donagh Kelly & Kevin Flanagan - Winners 2015 Image courteousy of Catherine Barron

Congratulations to Donagh Kelly & Kevin Flanagan, 2015 Winners of the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Stages Rally, pictured above.

Full Results from the event are available at

More pictures have been taken by Peespeed Photography and are available at

Birr Stages Rally 2015 Seeded Entry List Updated 2015-02-18

Hugh Hunter - Winner 2014 Image courteousy of Barron Pix

The Birr Motor Club in association with the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel and Midland Tyre Services is delighted to release one of the most exciting and strongest entries in Irish rallying in many years. The super strength entry is sure to bring along many spectators to the event in Co Laois.

To this end, the Club wish to encourage all spectators to cooperate fully with the event officials and marshals. Remember – Motorsport is Dangerous. Spectators are reminded to view the event from safe areas. It is forbidden to spectate from run off areas. Any spectator that does not have the good sense to obey the safety marshals will enforce the cancellation of that special stage. The Club is not going to compromise on safety and the cooperation of all spectators in this regard is greatly appreciated. The brave take to a rally car and compete on the special stages. The foolish speed on the open roads. We are supporting the Road Safety Authority and we encourage everybody to “Keep the Race in its Place.” Enjoy your days motorsport.

The Rally kicks off the first round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, the Loughran Signs Midlands East Rally Championship and the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship.

Event Secretary: Clodagh Henehan
Chief Marshalls: Eoin Longworth & Ger Brophy
No. of Stages: 9 (3x3)

HQ: Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Cork Road, Abbeyleix, Co Laois.
Service: Campion Concrete, Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois.
Scrutiny: Oliver Stanleys Service Station, Cork Road, Durrow, Co Laois.

Rally programs:
Rally programs will be available from Thursday Evening / Friday Morning in the following outlets:

  • Midland Service Station, Borris on Ossory (This is situated in the centre of all the stages)
  • Mulrooneys Gala, Dublin Road, Roscrea (People travelling from the West)
  • Keanes Filling Station, Rathdowney (People travelling from Cork)
  • Oliver Stanleys Texaco, Cork Road, Durrow (Scrutiny Saturday)
  • Topaz Abbeyleix (Beside Rally HQ)
  • Abbeyleix Manor Hotel (Rally HQ)

Marshalls Meeting Points:

  • SS1 Midland Tyre Services, Borris in Ossory @7.30am. Stage Commander: David Percy
  • SS2 Mulrooneys Service Station, Dublin Road, Roscrea @7.45am. Stage Commander: Cyril Rollins
  • SS3 Midland Tyre Services, Borris in Ossory @8.45am. Stage Commander: Eamon Kirwan
Chief Marshall Eoin Longworth.

Entry Form (pdf)
Entry Form (word)

Seeded Entry List

Time & Distance Schedule

Scrutiny Slot Times

Final Instructions No. 1

Full Results available at

Pictures taken by Peespeed Photography available at

Birr Stages Rally 2015 Launch

Birr MC Rally Launch 2015

The launch of the 2015 Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Stage rally took place last Wednesday night the 4th of February. The launch took place at the Hotel in Abbeyleix where a crowd of about 50 people had gathered. There was a small display of rally cars on show outside the hotel and photographs were taken with sponsors, and the three different rally championship representatives and the organising committee.

Once again this year Clerk of the course Bill Ryan and his team from the Birr & District Motor Club are the event organisers. This will be the clubs fifth consecutive year in a row running their biggest event of the year out of Abbeyleix. The club would like to extend a special thank you to the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel who are the main event sponsors, along with co sponsors Laois Tourism and Midland Service Station Borris in ossorry, and also to all sponsors and programme advertiser as this event would not be possible without all your generosity and contribution. Events like this cannot be run without the help and support of so many people especially the residents, landowners and the local people along the rally route and we thank them for their patience and cooperation each year.

The rally takes place on Sunday 22nd of February which is two weeks way now. It will be the opening round of the Triton Showers National rally championship and also the Top Part West Coast and Loughran Signs Midlands East rally championships. One hundred and forty entries have so far been received and the closing date for entries is this coming Wednesday the 11th of February.

Some of the leading entries include Darren Gass (Subaru Imprezza WRC), John Stone (Fabia WRC), Alan Ring (Subaru Imprezza WRC), and Kevin Barret in his Triton Showers backed Subaru Imprezza S14 WRC .Some of the leading modified entrants include Frank Kelly (MK 2 Escort), Mike Quinn (MK2 Escort) Johanatan Pringle (MK2 Escort) and club member Benny Kennedy in his newly built class 13 MK2 Escort. Seeding will take place on Thursday night with a full seeded entry list due for release on Friday night.

The next club meeting takes place on Monday night 9th of February at 8pm in the Racket Hall Roscrea and all are welcome. The final press release for this event will also be issued next weekend. For more information and to keep upto date with the Birr Motorclub you can follow our activity by logging onto or or follow us on twitter @Birrstagesrally.

Birr Launch 2015 Birr MC Organising comitee 2015 Launch 2015

TDC Mondello Autotest

The 2015 Club Championship Kicked off over the weekend in Mondello as members battled for top position in the TDC MVAT. Here are some photos from the event snapped by Ian O'Brien along with full results.

More pictures from the event taken by Peespeed Photography at

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Full Results

2014 Top Part West Coast Championship Awards Night

2014 Top Part West Coast Championship Awards Night Will Be Held In The Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry On the 31st January 2015.

More Details On the Night Will Be Available Soon.

Club Championship Awards for 2014

The Club Championship Awards Night took place on Monday 14th January 2015. Well done to all award winners.

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Club Championship Award Winners

Birr Events 2015

22nd February Tarmac Stages Rally
22nd March Autocross-Grass
16th & 17th May 2 Day Autotest
26th July Multi Venue Autotest
3rd August Tom O’Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt
11th October Endurance Trial
15th November Autocross-Loose Surface
* 28th December Christmas Autotest

* New Date