Birr & District Motor Club

Archive 2016

2016 Club Championship Awards

The 2016 Club Championship Awards Night took place on Monday 9th January 2016. Well done to all award winners.

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Images courteousy of Ian O'Brien

Club Championship
Award Winners

Final Championship
Standings 2016

2016 Top Part West Coast Championship Awards Night

2016 Top Part West Coast Championship Awards Night will be held in the GN Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on the 28 January 2017.

Dinner 8pm sharp, followed by live music from Ebony, followed by disco till late. A good nights entertainment is guaranteed.

More info on booking your ticket on brochure above.

2016 O'Shea Bus Hire Munster Autocross Championship

Rules & Regulations

Overall after Final Round

Class after Final Round


As in 2014 and 2015, the National Autocross and Munster Autocross Championships have again joined forces to hold the 'Autocross Night of Champions' at which this years prizes will be presented. It takes place on Saturday, 21 January 2017 in the Oak Wood Hotel, Shannon. Contact Denis O'Brien (MAC Coordinator) regarding tickets on 0876595752. Give the hotel a ring on 061 361 500 to secure your accommodation, but be quick - it's filling fast! And be sure to mention the autocross night for special rate.

5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship 2016Updated 2016-12-04 to add O/A awards

Autocross Image courtesy of Pablo Photography

Championship Points

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

Amended Points after Final Round

Queries on points to the Registar Eoin Longworth (086) 8179297 Asap.

Points have been amended following the Adding in of 1st, 2nd & 3rd Overall in BOTH Saloons & Specials/Buggies.

Results are now provisional and will be declared Final on Tuesday 13th December @ 19.00 subject to queries.

The Prizegiving Dinner Dance is taking place on Saturday 21st January 2017 in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon, Co Clare. Tickets are available from Eoin Longworth 086 8179297.

In Order to Qualify for an Award 3 Events must be Started

PJ Windows and Doors Grass Surface Autocross 2016Updated 2016-11-08

Championship Points

Points after Final Round of the PJ Windows and Doors Grass Surface Autocross 2016.

Points after Final Round

Christmas Autotest Results & Writeup Writeup 2017-01-03

Videos courtesy of Brian Duggan

Results Overall

Results Classes

Starlets, Scones & Stew

The Annual Birr & District Motor Club’s Christmas Autotest took place on New Years Eve in the excellent venue at Garahys Garage, Fortal, Birr. 47 Drivers took part in this most enjoyable event with 1st time Clerk of the Course Leo Brophy at the helm.

On arrival Drivers had an opportunity to walk the 3 Tests and then enjoy the wonderful Home Made Scones provided by Eithne Garahy, this was only the start of the Culinary Trail that was on offer.

Within Minutes of the start, Top Dublin Autotester Frank Lenehan suffered a broken driveshaft and duly followed by Paddy Fay who suffered from the same problem in the Tiny Motorsport Projectile. This was Paddy’s 1st Autotest since 1961. All was not over as both cars were speedily & professionally repaired by Ian McLoughlin, Ger Connolly & Oliver Stanley with special thanks to fellow drivers Rob Lewis & Cian Robinson who provided the spare driveshafts. Hannah Garahy had Brake Problems with her Starlet and duly went double driving in dad Kieran’s Starlet as it had brakes!!! The majority of the cars competing on the event were mainly Toyota Starlets but Gordon Percy from Nenagh arrived in a Mazda 323f and put on a great display of driving and received the entertainers award along with Ian Lucas from Moystown.

After 6 Tests a fabulous lunch was provided in Garahy’s Garage comprising of Beef Stew followed by the most delicious Chocolate Cake which was really appreciated by all the Drivers & Event Officials. Most of us left Garahys with bigger waistlines!!!

9 Tests were completed with Richard Meeke emerging the popular winner on a winning margin of 14 Seconds from 2nd Placed Driver Niall Murray who was only a mere 0.26 Second clear of 3rd placed Frank Lenehan. Niall Murrays brother Eoin was only 1 Second behind Frank Lenehan, a tight finish indeed.

Class 1 was dominated by Birr Motor Club Members with Mark Shanahan (Borrisoleigh) winning the class in a Nissan Micra, runner up was Patrick O’Leary (Cork) and 3rd in Class 1 went to Darren Delaney (Camross). Patrick & Darren were both driving Toyota Starlets.

In Class 2 it was Eoin Murray who emerged victorious from John McAssey with David Meeke coming in 3rd in Class. The award winners in Class 3 were 1st in Class Mark Doran, 2nd went to Mark Guerin and 3rd went to Cathal O’Carroll.

1st Birr & District Motor Club Driver went to Rob Lewis (Dunkerrin), 2nd David Forde (Nenagh) & 3 rd went to Whitby Moynan (Nenagh). In the Ladies Class, Zara Moynan (Nenagh) came out on top, with Pauline Forde (Nenagh) finishing up Runner Up despite trying to break the Husbands David’s Car with 3rd Lady Driver going to Hannah Garahy (Birr) after a brilliant drive despite the Brake Problems.

Other club drivers who competed included Lee Deane (Shinrone), Ronan Shanahan (Roscrea), Kieran Garahy (Birr), Declan Donohoe (Mount Temple), Damien O’Meara (Toomevara), Ciaran Dwyer (Arigna), TJ O’Brien (Nenagh), Mick Boland (Birr), Peter Molloy (Ballinahown), Ger Connolly (Birr), Bill O’Brien (Coolbawn), Cian Robinson (Tynagh), Joe Buckley (Borrisoleigh), Clive Moynan (Nenagh) who all thoroughly enjoyed the days sport.

The Birr & District Motor Club would like to thank Kieran & Eithne Garahy for the wonderful venue & food, MI Steward John Fogarty, Clerk of the Course Leo Brophy, Results Team Mark Parsons & Una O’Brien, The Carrot Peeler & all the Marshalls who made the event a real success.

AGM & Club Championship Prizegiving: Takes place on Monday 9th January in the Racket Hall Country Hotel, Roscrea at 8pm. All are welcome. Congratulations to well known Birr Postman Pat Corcoran on becoming the 2016 Birr & District Motor Club Champion.

Birr New Years Eve Fun Autotest - 31st December 2016 SignOn details added 2016-12-29

Regs/Entry Form


Entry Form (doc)

Entry Form (pdf)

Entries Received

Patrick O'Leary Ronan Shanahan Patricia Denning
Mick Boland Cian Robinson Lee Deane
Brian Duggan Robert Lewis Stefan Walsh
Eoin Longworth Joseph Buckley Conal O'Neill
Sean Henehan Ciaran Bergin Jason Bracken
John McAssey Colin Sheridan Ger Connolly
Gerry Joyce Darren Delaney Pauline Forde
Mark Shanahan Mark Handcock Cathal O'Carroll
TJ O'Brien Lar Hogan Ian O'Brien
Ciaran Garahy Mark Reilly Pat Fay
Kieran Garahy Pascal Dunne Ciaran Dwyer
Whitby Moynan Shane Dunne Eoin Murray
Clive Moynan David Meeke Niall Murray
Zara Moynan Richard Meeke David Donoghue
Robert Gloster David Forde Andrew Donoghue

Due to the large entry Sign On will start at 9AM.
Also Drivers are asked to bring along completed Entry Form (If not already done so).
It would also be a great help if drivers can bring along the Exact Entry Fee - €40 & if you are utilizing a 1 Event Licence all in cost €65.


Why not get rid of the post christmas blues by joining us in Garahy's Truck Centre, Fortal, Birr, Co Offaly for our fun filled Autotest on Saturday 31st December 2016. The tests will be simple & straight forward with a little bit of reversing thrown in for good measure.

Tests will be suitable for Road, Endurance & MVAT Cars. Entry Fee €40 inc CPA. Sign On from 9.30am & Start at 10.30am.

One Event licences are available for this event but must be prebooked in advance.

Prizegiving on Site with some festive awards. Hot Drinks & Food available all day.

Sign on: 9.30AM
Drivers Briefing: 10.15AM
Start: 10.30AM
Clerk of the Course: Leo Brophy
Format:12 Tests are planned suitable for road cars.

Further details from Eoin Longworth 086 8179297

2016 Midlands East Rally Championship Points after Final Round

Points after Final Round of the Midlands East Rally Championship.

Points after Final Round

The Loughran Signs Midlands East Championship Prizegiving took place on Monday 7th November.

Photographs have been taken by Ken Butterfield Photography and are available below.

Prizegiving Photographs

Birr Loose Surface AutocrossResults 2016-11-20

The Birr Loose Surface Autocross was a huge success with everybody leaving happy after a great day of motorsport. Thanks to everyone who took part both competing and helping out for making the day such a huge success.

Final Full Results (pdf)

Final Full Results (xls)

Birr Loose Surface AutocrossEntry Form updated 2016-11-14

Autocross 2016 Image courtesy of

Regs/Entry Form

Entry (pdf)

Entry (word)


The Birr Loose Surface Autocross will be held on Sunday 20th November 2016. The Venue will be Gravel Park near Moneygall close to the M7 Junction 23.

This event will be a counting round of the 5 Star Catering National Autocross Championship & O’Shea Bus Hire Munster Autocross Championship.

Venue: Gravel Park near Moneygall.

Scrutiny: 8:30 AM
Drivers Briefing: 10:00 AM
Practice: 10:15 AM
1st Timed Run: 10:45 AM

Munster Autocross Birr Mc Preview

On Sunday next November 20th Birr M.C. are hosting their annual loose autocross. The venue will be Gravel Park near Moneygall, a location last used by the club in 2013.It is close to Junction 23 M7 (Obama). There will be directions from the M7 and N7.Pat Gubbins is Clerk of the course and further details available from or 086 8179297.

The Birr autocross is the final round of the 2016 National Loose Autocross Championship. Wexford driver Sean Cahill (JB Buggy) has already clinched the National title for the specials. The saloon class will see a battle royal between Lukacz Chapnik of Fermoy with 56 points with Limerick's Eddie Walsh on 52 points. When dropped scores are taken into account Chapnik's margin increases and the Pole is favourite to win. Both drivers driving Subaru Impreza.

The Birr event is also round 7/9 of the Munster Autocross Championship. Corkman Paul O Driscoll (Semog)leads with 87 points ahead of Sean Cahill on 78 with Tipp driver Whitby Moynan (Toyota Special)in third place with 68 points.

The action on Sunday promises to be fast and furious, with no quarter asked or given.The first timed run takes place at 10:45am.

The penultimate round of the Munster Autocross will be hosted by the Limerick MC on December 11th while the grand finale will be organised by the Cork MC on December 27th.

Article by Austin Shinnors

Birr Endurance Trial - Sun 9th October 2016 Results 2016-10-09

Alan & George Shinnors (Winners 2015) Image courtesy of Peter Boyd


Results from (Angus Sealy)

Birr Endurance Trial - Sun 9th October 2016 Final Instructions/ Entries 2016-10-06

Alan & George Shinnors (Winners 2015) Image courtesy of Peter Boyd

Final Instructions / Entries Received 2016-10-06

Final Instructions 1

Seeded Entry list


Results from (Angus Sealy)

Late Entries still being accepted and can be sent to Eoin Longworth (details in regs, emailed entries accepted).

If you want to compete, but need a Driver or Navigator for this event do not hesitate to give Eoin Longworth (Entries Secretary) a call and he will try to sort you out.


The Birr & District Motor Club Endurance Trial is taking place on Sunday 9th October 2016.

H.Q for the Endurance Trial is Garahy's Garage, Fortal, Birr, Co Offaly. Scrutiny is from 8am with Start @10.00am and the finish is 5pm with a Lunch Stop in Doolans Service Station, Kilcormac.

20 Selectives are planned in the Birr/Kinnitty/Kilcormac Area and are suitable for road cars.

Overnight Parking Available in Garahy's Garage on Saturday Night for Crews.

Garahys Garage are providing a Mobile Breakdown Van & Mechanic who will be positioned along the route to provide assistance for Crews who need repairs to be carried out. Spare Tyres Etc may be left in the van for this reason.

A local Competitor is providing an On Call puncture repair & Tyre service if anyone needs this.

Full details will be in the Roadbook.

There will be Tea & Scones on Sunday Morning at sign on.

Looking forward to meeting you all on Sunday Morning,

HQ: Garahys Truck Garage, Birr.
Sign on: 8:00 am
Start Time: 10.00 am
Finish Time: 17:00 Approx First Car Finishes.

Clerk of the Course is Richard Fryday.

Vintage Week Tom O'Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt Results 2016

As ever the Birr & District Motor Club's 48th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt was an outstanding success with a whopping 80 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 Syngefield, Killyon, The Pass and finished in Kinnitty Village. Clues were varied and some were demanding and hard to find.

The Overall Winner was Keith Treacy on 639 Marks with runners up Cait Molloy on 620 Marks. Joint 3rd place went to Birr Residents Millie King & Rose Harte finishing on 590 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.


Birr Multi Venue Autotest Results 2016

Eoin Longworth

Thanks to everybody that took part in the 2016 Birr and District Multi-Venue Autotest.

The event consisted of 18 tests which ran in wet conditions in the morning, but gradually cleared up as the day progressed.

Well done to the overall winner, Richard Meeke who competed in a Toyota Starlet.

The class winners were:

  • Class 1 - Frank Linehan (Toyota Starlet)
  • Class 2 - John McAssey (Toyota Starlet)
  • Class 3 - Piers Mac Fheorais (Mazda MX-5)
  • Beginner - Gary Egan (Toyota Starlet)
  • First BADMC Member - Ciaran Garahy (Toyota Starlet)

Full Results

Birr Multi Venue Autotest 2016

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Regs/Entry Form


Entry (pdf)

Entry (word)


The Birr Multi Venue Autotest will take place on the 24 July 2016.

20 Excellent Tests are on offer. Very compact route. All Tests within 3 Mile radius of the Start/Finish Venue.

Passengers can be carried (Over 16 years) and don't need a competition licence.

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

Sign on: 8:45 am
Briefing: 9.45 am
Start Time: 10:00 am

Further info from Eoin Longworth or Sean Henehan



All drivers must hold IRDS/BRDS(MSA licence holders) and be listed on the current IRDS scheme on
There are no exceptions to this requirement. No listing, no start. More Details here.

National & Munster Navigation Forum / Prizegiving 2016

The National Navigation Championship Prizegiving, as well as the Annual Navigation/Endurance Forum and the Munster Navigation Championship/Forum will take Place on Saturday 11 June at 8.00 PM sharp - hope to be finished before 11.


  1. Navigation Forum (Discussion on impending rule changes etc.)
  2. Endurance Forum (Discussion on impending rule changes etc.)
  3. Break for Finger food (complimentary)
  4. Munster Prizegiving
  5. National Prizegiving


O'Loughlins Hotel, Portlaoise Town Centre (also HQ for Laois Ministages on following day) (note change from previous years)

All welcome, please publicise and pass the message along.

Birr 2 Day Autotest Results & Writeup 2016

Saturday Overall
Saturday Class

Sunday Overall
Sunday Class

John & Liam Simply The Best.

Where would you rather be on a beautiful, sunny May Weekend than Kilcotton, Borris-in-Ossory for another fabulous Birr Autotest Weekend, full of Starlets, Sun-burn and the odd Micra & Suzuki Swift. This year kept up the now standard 2 day format, in the glorious Campion’s Yard, organized by the COC, Bill Ryan.

After slight technical issues with getting my own car ready for the trip up from Cork, I instead turned to Tiny Motorsport Ltd., where Eoin Longworth was more than happy to help out by offering me the opportunity of double driving his car for the weekend.  A car which is familiar to me on both sides!!!!

As I arrived on Saturday for the leisurely 4pm start, I already saw plenty of cars ready for action. 22 competitors battled on the various tests throughout the day to see who could prove the quickest.

This year the tests were significantly different from previous years, due largely to the extra flurry of work going on in the yard, and the extra supplies strategically left around as a result.

Test 1 started out in a tight section of the yard, but quickly opened up into a nice, quick, free-flowing test, with the odd reversing maneuver thrown in for good measure. On finishing, competitors ended up with a tight, technical loop around a pylon, which ended up caching the odd competitor out and costing valuable seconds in the race to the top.

Test 2 consisted mainly of sand and loose concrete, with a tight, awkward reverse and throw motion in the corner for good measure to make the test more interesting.

Test 3 then moved down the back of the yard, where a mixture of concrete, sand and gravel that constantly had you guessing the grip levels under the tires as you looped pylons and reversed over the odd line.

A much needed lunch break at 17:45, as always, consisted of the fine dining experience served by Batty & Marie from the 5 Star Catering Truck.

After a fun day of auto-testing, John McAssey emerged the victor. Robert Lewis took the win in class 1 despite intermittent gearbox trouble, Richard Meeke winning class 2 and Piers McFheorais won in class 3 just 10 seconds ahead of Mark Faulkner who traveled over 220 miles to compete with us and provided great entertainment all weekend in his rear wheel drive MX5. 

Kieran Garahy also took best Birr Member of the day. A great performance was also seen from, Pat Maher, who won 3rd in class and was the best Newcomer, despite it being his first day out.  Others who featured in Saturday’s Results included William Cavanagh from Modreeny in a Toyota Avensis, Gerry Joyce from Galway, Newly Wed David Forde, Coolrain Publican Lar Hogan & The Yeti!!!!

Next it was off for a quick shower to remove the various test’s surface from our hair, before hopping on the bus to the renowned Birr Social Night, held in Sheerans Bar, Coolrain. This was hosted by Lar Hogan who rushed off to prepare after putting in a fine performance to win second in class, who provided much needed refreshments. Here the banter continued well into the night and new challenges were laid down for the next day’s event, particularly between Declan Donohoe and Peter Molloy who had a fine battle amongst themselves all day and very little splitting the pair in the results.

Sunday saw a slight change to the event format starting at Midday, involving the addition of a forth test, starting this time down the bottom of the yard. Here, competitors were introduced to a quick mixture of sandy concrete, gravel, and the only sign of water we saw all weekend in the form of a large puddle.

We also saw the arrival of some new competitors, bringing the total competing to a whopping 33 competitors. This included the 5 man Borrisoleigh/Twomevara Team of Damien O’Meara, Mark Shanahan, Joe Buckley, Liam Ryan & David Shanahan who started the day with 2 micras, but were gradually reduced to 1 by the end, and the Midland Tyres Contingent of Eoin Quinlan, Frank Dwyer and Hughie Dunne along with Ciaran Dwyer from Arigna.  Father & Son Team Larry & James Newe made there Autotest debut on Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Ladies Award went to Patricia Denning with Judy Lambert taking 2nd Ladies Award.

Here we again enjoyed a great day of Motorsport, and were even privileged to watch an old trials car, a Ford Special driven by Charlie Cavanagh on its first event since 1977, perform on test 1 during the lunch break.

Sunday saw a new winner emerge, Liam Cashman from Cork taking the prize this time, with Frank Dwyer, John McAssey and Piers McFheorais all winning in their various classes.

I would like to give a special thanks to our COC Bill Ryan, M.I. Steward Timmy Faulkner, Results Officer Mark Parsons, and all the Marshals who helped make the weekend such a success.

So that’s it from another fabulous weekend of motorsport from the Birr & District Motor Club. Roll on Sunday July 24th where the Birr Multi Venue Autotest, based around Athlone will be sure to provide just as much entertainment and fun.

Wrote by Patrick O'Leary

Birr 2 Day Autotest Video

Here's a very well put together video produced by James Mansfield from the 2 day autotest last May to get everybody in the mood for the Multivenu Autotest next Sunday 24 July 2016.

Birr 2 day Autotest Video by James Mansfield

Birr 2 Day Autotest - 14th/15th May 2016

Rob Lewis

Entry Form (word)

Why not join us in Borris in Ossory for our fun filled Autotest Weekend on 14th/15th May 2016. 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.

As with this event the Annual Birr Motor Club Social Night will be held on Saturday Night 14th May in Sheerans Bar Coolrain where Lar Hogan will be our splendid host as always. Accomodation is available nearby, contact Eoin Longworth for details.

Further details from Eoin Longworth or Bill Ryan.

Event Secretary: Mick Boland
Clerk of the Course: Bill Ryan

Birr Grass Autocross Results 2016

Here are the results after a wonderful day of autocross at Ballingarry, The Birr Grass Autocross, opening round of the PK Windows & Doors National Autocross Championship.

Well done to both competitors and marshals who helped make the day a success.

Final Results

Birr Grass AutoCross - 17th April 2016.

Event Rescheduled

The Birr Loose Surface Autocross has been rescheduled for Sunday, 17th April 2016.

It would be very helpful if Drivers could return an entry form by post or better still by email using the Word Version (No PDF's if Possible) completed as this will speed up the Sign On process and thus late starting the event.
Alternatively you can text your entry to Eoin Longworth with your Entry Form Details.

All entries received for the 3/4/16 event are still valid.

Regs/Entry Form

Regs/Entry (word)

Regs/Entry (pdf)


The opening round of the PK Windows & Doors National Autocross Championship will be hosted by the Birr & District Motor Club on the Rescheduled date of Sunday 17th April 2016.

An excellent venue is on offer in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary with kind permission of Mr George Powell.

The venue will be arrowed from Birr & Borrisokane and is 10 Minutes from both.

It would be very helpful if Drivers could return an entry form by post or better still by email using the Word Version (No PDF's if Possible) completed as this will speed up the Sign On process and thus late starting the event.
Alternatively you can text your entry to Eoin Longworth with your Entry Form Details.

Scrutiny: 9.15am
Drivers Briefing: 10.45am
Practice: 11am
Timed Runs: 11:30am

Donaghs Double

Rally Results from (Angus Sealy)

Donegal's Donagh Kelly and his Monagahan co driver Connor Foley dominated a field of 90 cars at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Stages rally on Sunday last. This years event was the opening round of ever so popular Top Part West Coast and Loughran Signs Mildand East rally championships.

Last year with Kelly driving the same car a WRC Ford Focus won the event with regular co driver Kevin Flanagan on board. On Sunday last Kelly and Foley had a faultless drive all day to retain the title by winning the event by 55.3 seconds ahead of Niall Maguire and Enda Sherry in their Subaru WRC.

The weather conditions provided very difficult conditions to the already challenging stages. On the opener of the six stage event. Kelly emerged from the traps to take a 7.4 second lead from Welsh driver Steve Wood, with Paddy Mc Veigh a further 8 seconds behind.

Carlow's George Condell set the pace for the modified section in his class 13 Starlet, just two seconds behind Mc Veigh and 18 seconds off the lead.

On the second test Kelly increased his lead by 33.3 seconds to Mc Veigh who gained second after Steve Wood crashed his Subaru near the end of the stage two. Niall Maguire climbed up to third position before the first service despite having some issues with the car stalling on the start line.

Fourth Placed George Condell was holding position despite having a few major moments due to the extremely slippy conditions. Kenny Mc Kinstry(WRC Subaru) at fifth place had a small rub with a bank causing no damage, while Enda O Brien (Escort)entered service in sixth. Barry Ryan (Escort)in seventh, Kevin Kelleher (Subaru) eight.Mick O Brien in his newly acquired Fiesta was ninth while Kevin Barrett rounded of the top ten.

On the repeat of the next loop of stages Donagh Kelly powered ahead increasing his lead to 51.4 seconds. Meanwhile Niall Magurie climbed up to second position 3.9seconds ahead of Paddy Mc Veigh who reported losing some time after catching up with Kenny Mc Kinstry who seemed to be having difficulty with his Subaru.

Kevin Kelleher got into a rythem and was up to fourth followed closely by the escorts of Enda O Brien and Barry Ryan. Mc Kinstry and Condell had now dropped back to seventh and eight while Trevor Mulligan (Escort) had now climbed up to ninth despite having a few battle scars after the first stage. The other Condell David in his class 14 escort rounded of the top ten after the next loop.

William Cavanagh and Oliva Coen were setting the standards high for the club members awards closely followed by Joey Carroll and Mark Kirwin,while Paul O Brien and Shaun Forde retired with mechanicl trouble.

Donagh Kelly emerged victorious after the final stage with Magurie and Mc Veigh rounding off the top 3.Corks Kevin Kelleher (Subaru) fought hard all day to secure fourth while Enda O Brien had a superb drive to win the modified class in his Mk2 escort.Barry Ryan and George Condell took sixth and seventh while also clinching first and second in class thirteen. Trevor Mulligan finished eighth,11.2 seconds ahead of David Condell in ninth and both taking awards in class fourteen.

Kevin Barrett in his Triton showers backed Subaru rounded off the top ten. Shane Maguire won the production group N Category and Keith Power took the R.A.E front wheel drive award while winning class 3 in his Clio.

Joey Carroll with club member Mark Kirwin were the winners of class 11F with Mark taking the John Finnegan memorial cup for the highest place club member. William Cavanagh and Oliva Coen were second in class 12 in their escort, while Frank Dwyer navigated Thomas Lynch to second in class 11F.

David Forde and T.J O Brien won class 15 and Brian Kirwin and William Ryan won class 1 and also collected the spirit of the rally award in their hired Honda Civic. Congratulations to all award winners.

Clerk of the course Bill Ryan and his hard working team of volunteers would like to thank everyone who helped out in any way in making this event happen. The club would also like to thank all the residence and landowners along the rally route as with out their co-operation this event could not run. For more information and to keep up to date with club events log onto or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @birrstagesrally.

Birr & District Motor Clubs Rally is GO!

Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan Image courteousy of CRSpics

This Sunday 21st of Feb sees the return of the Birr & District Motor Clubs Tarmac stages rally to the Co Laois country side. Rally headquarters and main event sponsors the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel are back to support us for yet another year. We are also delighted to have the support of Laois Tourism again this year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of our sponsors as without your support and generosity events like this would not be possible.

This years rally will be a six stage event with two stages completed three times. These special stages have been carefully selected by clerk of the course Bill Ryan. Bill and his team have being working very hard over the past few months too get this rally up and running. The rally will be the opening round of the Top Part West Coast and Loughran Signs Midlands East rally championships. This year R.A.E motor factors in Roscrea have kindly sponsored an award for the quickest front wheel drive car to have their entry fee refunded.

The rally will begin on Saturday morning with crews and service teams from all over Ireland, and even Scotland and Wales descending on the town of Abbeyleix.The crews will sign on at the hotel and then make their way out to make the notes and familiarisation of the stages before they tackle them in their fully equip rally cars on Sunday morning.

Mechanical scrutiny of all rally cars will take place at Oliver Stanleys garage on the Cork rd Durrow from 2 to 6pm on Saturday. Upon passing this test the cars will then be parked up at the hotel in Abbeyleix overnight awaiting take off early Sunday morning.

On Sunday morning the cars will leave Abbeyleix and head to the Rathdowney Business & Venture Centre where service will take place throughout the day. Special Stage one Old town will begin at 10.27am and starts just outside the town. Upon completion of this stage the crews will head across to Harristown and tackle stage two at 10.58am. This loop will be repeated four more times during the day. The crews are expected back at the hotel in Abbeyleix at four o clock Sunday evening where the winners will be crowned.

Last years winners Donnagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan are set to try and regain their title again this year in their trusted Ford Focus WRC. They are just one of over 100 entries received to date. Other entries include Niall Maguire, Kevin Barrett, Paddy Mc Veigh, and Kenny Mc Kinstry who will all drive Subaru Imprezzas. Some of the leading class fourteen entries include Ed Synan, Trevor Mulligan, David Condell, Gary Reidy and Simon Champman in his prestige Millington powered Proton. Some of the contenders for the top front wheel drive award include Keith Power, Kevin O Connor, Thomas Lynch and Joey Carroll .Both Joey and Thomas have club members Mark Kirwin and Frank Dwyer in the hot seat calling the notes and the lads will also be in with the chance of winning the John Finnegan memorial cup for the highest place club member in the overall results. Templemores Paul O Brien will also be a hot favourite for the top fwd award as he is ready to set the stages alight in his newly built honda civic.

The local contingent and club members set to tackle the stages at the weekend include, Davey Percy, William Cavanagh, David Forde, Brian Kirwin, John Fogarty, Albert Dalton, Sean Mc Evoy, and Father and son due Eddie and Joe Moffitt. Entries are still available and can be obtained by contacting event secretary Clodagh. Rally programmes will go on sale Friday evening and a list of outlets will be available here on along with all the other relevant information about the event. You can also follow us on Facebook and on twitter @birrstagesrally.

Birr Tarmac Stages Rally 2016 Launch

Birr Launch 2016 Birr MC Organising comitee 2016 Images courteousy of Pat Farrell

On Sunday evening last 31st of January the launch of the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Stages rally took place. A small crowd had gathered at the Hotel on the Cork rd in Abbeyleix for the Launch of this year’s rally which is less than three weeks away. There was a small display of rally cars on show and photographs were taken with sponsors, and the two different rally championship representatives and the organising committee.

Once again this year Bill Ryan has taken on the reins of Clerk of the Course , and his hard working team of event organisers from the Birr & District Motor Club are putting the final touches to months of preparation. This will be the clubs sixth consecutive year in a row running their biggest event of the year out of the town of Abbeyleix. The club would like to extend a special thanks to the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel who are the main event sponsors, along with co sponsors Laois Tourism 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 21st of February.It will be the opening round of the Top Part West Coast and Loughran Signs Midlands East rally championships.The closing date for entries is Wednesday the 11th of February and the club have an early entry incentive draw for all fully paid entries received on or before Monday Feb 8th to be entered into a draw for one lucky winner to have there entry fee fully refunded, the draw will be made on the morning of the rally at drivers briefing.

Birr Tarmac Stages Rally - 21st February 2016
Seeded Entry List added 2016-02-16

Birr Stages Rally 2016 Flyer


Rally Results from (Angus Sealy)



Entry Form (pdf)

Time & Distance

Entry List

Amended Junior/Historic Entry Fee

Entry Fee for Juniors & Historics Amended to €395 plus €125 Insurance Levy (Total €520).

Main Field €395 plus €180 Insurance Levy (Total €575).

These fees include CPA & IRDS at a Standard Rate.

Sorry for inconvience caused.


Plans are progressing for our forthcoming Tarmac Stages Rally on Sunday 21st February 2016.

Once again this year the rally is based in the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co Laois and will be the opening round of the Top Part West Coast and Loughran Signs Midlands East rally championships respectively.

The Rally Format will be 2 Stages done 3 Times. Both Stages are 15KM in length. The Road Sections between the Stages & Service Area is ONLY 8KM.

This Rally is the opening round of the Top Part West Coast & Loughran Signs Midlands East Rally Championships.

Clerk of the Course:Bill Ryan
Event Secretary: Clodagh Henehan
Chief Marshalls: Eoin Longworth & Ger Brophy
PRO: Ronan Shanahan
No. of Stages: 2 15KM Stages done 3 Times

HQ: Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Cork Road, Abbeyleix, Co Laois.
Service: Rathdowney Designer Outlet
Scrutiny: Oliver Stanleys Service Station, Cork Road, Durrow, Co Laois.

Main Event Sponsors: Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.

Club Membership

Club Membership is now open to anyone who wants to join Birr and District Motor Club.

To Join, simply fill out the Membership Form, and send it, along with your entry fee to the address provided.

Club Membership Form

2016 Autocross Championships

Preparations are under way for the first round of the 2016 PK Windows & Doors National Grass Autocross Championship, The Birr Loose Surface Autocross on the rescheduled date of Sunday, 17th April 2016. The Venue and More Details can be found above.

In the meantime, here's some details of the counting rounds for both championships:

PK Windows & Doors National Autocross (Grass) Championship

Birr *17th April
GSMC 15th May
Carrick on Suir 5th June
Galway 3rd July
Clare 17th July
Midland 7th August
^Westmeath11th September
Tipperary 25th September
Imokilly 9th October

* new date
^ event postponed

5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship

Munster (LS) 24th April
Clare *29th May
Midland 26th June
Skibbereen 10th July
**Mayo24th July
Wexford 14th August
Carlow 28th August
Galway 23rd October
Birr 20th November
* new date
** dropped as a counting round of 2016 Championship as it cannot accommodate Buggies/Specials.

2015 Club Championship Awards

The 2015 Club Championship Awards Night took place on Monday 11th January 2016. Well done to all award winners.

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Images courteousy of Ian O'Brien

Club Championship Award Winners

Motorsport IRDS 2016

Motorsport Ireland have changed the way they are handling IRDS Applications this year.

As usual, you are required to apply for IRDS at least 14 days before cover is required by filling out one of the forms below and sending it to MI.

Link to Forms (Download IRDS or BRDS as required)

However, competitors and officials will no longer receive an IRDS/BRDS letter or need to present a letter to organisers at event sign-on. Instead, under new arrangements agreed with the insurers, an updated database will be published on Thursday of each week, which will be available to view by all concerned.

This Database can be accessed through the Motorsport Ireland Website by clicking on the "IRDS & BRDS DATABASE UPDATED" link in the "LATEST NEWS" section on the home page.

** Important** - MotorSport Insurance 2016

Please see attached a very important letter from Martin McKenna, President of Motorsport Ireland about Insurance Premiums in Motorsport for the coming year.

2016 Insurance Letter from Martin McKenna, President of MI

Birr Events 2016

21st February Tarmac Stages Rally
*17th April Autocross-Grass
14th & 15th May 2 Day Autotest
24th July Multi Venue Autotest
1st August Tom O’Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt
9th October Endurance Trial
20th November Autocross-Loose Surface
31st December Christmas Autotest

* new date