Birr & District Motor Club

Archive 2017

2017 Club Championship Awards

The 2017 Club Championship Awards Night took place on Tuesday 10th January 2018. Well done to all award winners.

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Images courteousy of Ian O'Brien

Christmas Autotest Results 2017

Results Overall

Results Classes

Birr Club Championship 2017updated 2017-01-05

Overall Club Championship Results 2017

Results Competitor Overall

Results Marshal Overall

2017 Award Winners

Next Club Meeting

The next club meeting will be the Club AGM and Prizegiving and will take place in the Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea on Tuesday 9th January 2018 @ 8:00pm.

Notice for


To register with the club and join in the prestigious battle in the Club Championship, please follow the details found here.


Club Merchandise including Hats and Polo Shirt are also available for sale here.

Club Championship Structure 2017

Competitors Championship
Marshals Championship

Birr L.S. Autocross Results - 19th November 2017

The Birr Loose Surface Autocross was a huge success with everybody leaving happy after a great day of motorsport.
Thanks to all the organisers, officials, marshals and helpers who helped organise the event, set up the track and helped in any way to make the event such a success.

Final Full Results (pdf)

Birr Endurance Trial Results - Sun 8th October 2017

The Birr Endurance Trial took place last Sunday and was a hig success with lots of entries. Well done to the organisers and marshals for help making it a huge success, and a big thanks to all landowners for allowing us access to their property to enjoy ourselves.
A special thanks also to Garahys Truck Garage for providing a ideal venue for the HQ, and also for the gorgeous homemade soup, bread and chocolate cake.

Karl O Donohue & Evin Hughes (Winners 2017) Ciaran Garahy & Hannah Garahy Declan Burke & Padraig Forde Dearbhaile Garahy & Keith Shaw Kieran Garahy & Jane Garahy Image courtesy of Peter Boyd


Results from (Angus Sealy)

5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship 2017Updated 2017-12-11

Autocross Image courtesy of Pablo Photography

Championship Points

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

Championship Info

Provisional Points
after Final Round

Munster Autocross Championship 2017

Rules & Regulations


Overall after Round 9

Class after Round 9


Skibbereen 19th February
Clare 5th March
Clare 21st May
Munster CC 11th June
Skibbereen 9th July
Killarney 6th August (Grass Surface)
Imokilly 15th October (Grass Surface)
Birr 19th November
Limerick 10th December
Cork 27th December


The Munster Autocross Prizegiving for the 2017 season will be held on Sat 20th Jan in the Oakwood Arms hotel, Shannon.

Turkey Chaser Autotest - Sat 30th December 2017

Regs/Entry Form


Entry Form (doc)

Entry Form (pdf)

Entries Received as of 24th Dec 2017

1. Damien Doran 15. Alan Maher 29. Jane Garahy
2. Brian Duggan 16. Lee Deane 30. Hannah Garahy
3. Conal O’Neill 17. Pat Fay 31. Jason Bracken
4. Stefan Walsh 18. TJ O’Brien 32. Colin Sheridan
5. Finbar O’Neill 19. Declan Donohoe 33. John McAssey
6. Luke O’Neill 20. Peter Molloy 34. Ronan Shanahan
7. Micheal Hogan 21. Niall Donohoe 35. Whitby Moynan
8. John Nolan 22. Declan Burke 36. Zara Moynan
9. Aoife Ryan 23. Lar Hogan 37. Clive Moynan
10. Karl Grehan 24. Mick Boland 38. Robert Gloster
11. Eoin Longworth 25. Keith Shaw 39. John Gloster
12. Patrick O’Leary 26. Kieran Garahy 40. Damien Philips
13. Ciaran Dwyer 27. Ciaran Garahy 41. David Campion
14. Kevin Maher 28. Derabhaile Garahy 42. Mick Kehoe

Entries are still available. Contact Eoin Longworth

Test Diagrams


Why not get rid of the post christmas blues by joining us in Garahy's Truck Garage, Fortal, Birr, Co. Offaly for our fun filled Autotest on Saturday 30st December 2017. 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. Sign On from 9.00am & Start at 10.30am.

Entry Fee €40. If One Event Licence Required it is €65 all in.
Please bring exact money to sign on if possible and fully completed entry form if not already submitted.

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: 9.00AM
Drivers Briefing: 10.15AM
Start: 10.30AM
Clerk of the Course: Leo Brophy

Further details from Eoin Longworth.

Birr Loose Surface Autocross - 19th November 2017

Autocross Image courtesy of

Regs/Entry Form

Entry (pdf)

Entry (word)


The Birr Loose Surface Autocross will be held on Sunday 19th November 2017. 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

Clerk of Course: Pat Gubbins

Tom O’Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt - Results



Full results attached for Vintage Week Treasure Hunt.

As ever the Birr & District Motor Club's 49th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt was an outstanding success with a whopping 90 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, Crinkill, Kilcolman, Jackies Cross, Coolderry, Leap & finished in Clareen. Clues were varied and some were demanding and hard to find.

The Overall Winner was Ruth Scully on 785 Marks with runners up Brian Kennedy on 780 Marks. Joint 3rd place went to Birr Residents Dermot Horan & Melissa Eades finishing on 775 Marks. The maximum score was 800 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 Pat Corcoran, Eoin Longworth, Una O'Brien, Mick Boland, Ger Brophy, Michael Parkinson, The Garahy Family - Kieran, Eithne, Jane & Hannah who all helped in making it a very enjoyable evenings fun.

by Eoin Longworth

Birr Multi Venue Autotest 2017 Results & Action

Below are the results from Birr's MVAT based out of Sheerans Bar, Coolrain.

We'd like to thank the organisers, landowners and everyone involved for organising a great event and for the lovely food available all day in Sheerans Bar.

Pictures have been taken by Peespeed Photography and are available at

Results Overall

Results Classes

Birr Endurance Trial - Sun 8th October 2017

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

Regs/Entry Form

Regs (doc)

Regs (pdf)

Final Instructions 1

Seeded Entry list

Results from (Angus Sealy)

Sneak Preview of Test 1 & 3 (click to enlarge)


The Birr & District Motor Club Endurance Trial is taking place on Sunday 8th October 2017.

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 5:15pm.

20 Smooth Selectives are planned which will be challenging for both Driver & Navigator and are suitable for road cars.

Looking forward to meeting you all on Sunday Morning,

HQ: Garahys Truck Garage, Birr.
Sign on: 08:00
Drivers Briefing 09:30
Start Time: 10.00
Finish Time: 17:15 Approx First Car Finishes.

Clerk of the Course is Ger Brophy.

Birr Multi Venue Autotest 2017

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Regs/Entry Form


Entry (pdf)

Entry (word)

Entries Received

James Mansfield Kieran Garahy Stefan Walsh
Eoin Longworth Ciaran Garahy Piers Mac Fheorais
Patrick O'Leary Jane Garahy Mark Walsh
Declan Donohoe Colin Sheridan Whitby Moynan
David Forde Mick Boland Zara Moynan
Mark Shanahan Darren Delaney Frank Lenehan
Damien O'Meara Mark Reilly (Toyota Starlet WRC)
John Nolan Dave McAulay Dave Campion
Aoife Ryan Michael Hogan Damien Doran
John McAssey Lar Hogan Derbhaile Garahy
David Meeke Jack Quinn Tom Crowe
Richard Meeke Conal O'Neill  


The Birr Multi Venue Autotest will take place on the confirmed, changed date of 23rd July 2017

The event will be based in Sheerans Bar, Coolrain, Borris in Ossory, Co Laois. Breakfast will be available here the morning of the event.


The event will consist of 20 Tests at different locations, with low Low Road Mileage inbetween. Tests will be designed for Normal Production, Navigation Trial & Retro type Cars. 2WD Cars Only.

Navigators are NOT required, but Passengers can be carried (Over 16 years) and don't need a competition licence (CPA €5 Extra or €3 if passenger is aged 16 or 17).



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.
The onus is on the competitor to comply with the RTA.

H.Q:Sheerans Bar, Coolrain, Borris in Ossory, Co Laois.

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


Clerk of the Course: Sean Keown
Event Secretary: Sean Henehan
Deputy Clerk of the Course: Mark Handcock
Results Officer: Ian O’Brien
MI Steward: Tim Faulkner
BADMC Steward: Oliver Stanley

Tipp Endurance Trial 2017

Regs/Entry Form

Regs/Entry (pdf)

Regs/Entry (doc)

Birr 2 Day Autotest Results - 13th/14th May 2017

Here are the results from the fantastic, well organised 2 Day Autotest that took place in Campion Concrete over the weekend.
Well done to all the organisers, marshals, timekeepers and competitors and anyone else who braved the varying conditions over the 2 days to make the event such a success.


Results (Sat)
Results (Sun)

Birr 2 Day Autotest - 13th/14th May 2017

Regs/Entry Form


Entry (doc)


Why not join us in Borris in Ossory for our fun filled Autotest Weekend on 13th/14th May 2017. 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 €25 for this event and must be pre-booked in advance.

As with this event the Annual Birr Motor Club Social Night will be held on Saturday Night 13th 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.

Clerk of the Course: Bill Ryan

Saturday Sign-on: 2.45pm with Start @4.00pm
Sunday Sign-on: 10.30am with Start @11.30am

Birr Grass Autocross Results 2017

Here are the results after a wonderful day of autocross at Guteenakilla, The Birr Grass Autocross, opening round of the Naas Driving Academy Training Solutions National Autocross Championship.

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

Results Overall

Birr Grass AutoCross - 9th April 2017. Regs 2017-03-31

Birr Grass AutoCross Poster 2017

Regs/Entry Form/Results

Regs/Entry (word)

Regs/Entry (pdf)

Results Overall


The Opening Round of the Naas Driving Academy Training Solutions National Autocross Championship and the second event of the Birr Club Championship, the Birr Grass Autocross will take place on Sunday 9th April 2017.

Please note the change of venue to Guteenakilla, Newtown, Nenagh, Co Tipperary (Main Nenagh/Portroe Road).
Venue by kind permission from Mr Mort Gleeson.

The venue will be arrowed from Portroe Road Roundabout, Nenagh.
10 Minutes Drive from Nenagh (Junction 26 M7)

Scrutiny: 8.30am
Drivers Briefing: 10.15am
Practice: 10:30am
Timed Runs: 11:00am
Clerk of the Course: David Percy

Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh Tarmac Stages Rally Results


Start Times /

Oliver Stanley Motors, Durrow & Texaco Prize Draw

Results of the Rally Programme Draw
Sponsored by: Oliver Stanley Motors Durrow & Texaco

  • 1st Prize €250 - David Keane, Tynagh, Co Galway
  • 2nd Prize €150 - Gavin Woods, Rossmore, Grangefertagh, Johnstown, Co Kilkenny.
  • 3rd Prize €100 - Pat Corcoran, Chesterfield Close, Birr, Co Offaly.
  • Special Prize Meal Voucher for the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel - Clodagh Henehan, Barrymore, Athlone, Co Roscommon.

TV Schedule

The TV Schedule for the Birr Stages Rally is now also released by On The Limit Sports and can be viewed below. Be sure to check it out! Birr Tv Schedule 2017

Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh Tarmac Stages Rally - 26th February 2017T&D / Final Instructions 1 2017-02-24


Meeting Points
Time &
No 1
Start Times /
Seeded Entry

Birr Stages Rally 2017 Flyer

RAE Autofactor LTD Front Wheel Drive Award

We are delighted to have RAE Autofactor LTD on board again this year to sponsor the Front Wheel Drive Award for this years Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh Stages Rally.

The first placed F.W.D car home will receive their Entry Fee refunded, so get your Hondas, Peugeots, Citroens, Fords and Renaults ready for Sunday February 26th.

RAE Autofactors are owned by well known Father & Son Rally Men Mick & Eoghan Fogarty and have branches in Roscrea, Templemore & Borrisokane.


Programme's will be available from Friday in the outlets contained here. Don't forget to buy one and complete the Special Draw & Quiz to be in with a chance to win part of €500 worth of cash prizes which is kindly sponsered by Oliver Stanley Motors, Durrow & Texaco


Pictures and Details of the launch can be viewed Here.

Main Event Sponsors: Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh.

Rally Launch - Nenagh Stages Rally Rev’s up

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The 2017 Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh Stages Car rally launched last Saturday in style. The Nenagh stages rally which is organised and promoted by Birr & District Motor Club is returning to Nenagh on the 26th February after a break of nearly 7 years from the area. The club is delighted to be back running its annual Stages rally based in Nenagh town and the surrounding areas.

The rally is sponsored by The Abbey Court Hotel and Slattery’s Of Puckane Peugeot. Representing the Abbey Court Hotel at the launch was Ray Lynch. Ray spoke of how the Abbey Court Hotel are delighted to come on board as the main sponsor for the event as they had done in 2008, 2009 & 2010. The hotel are looking forward welcoming of the 140+ Competing crews who come from all over Ireland, UK, USA & UAE.

Andrew Slattery from Slatterys Garage Puckane was also present at the launch. Andrew spoke of how delighted they are to be on board as Co-Sponsors for the Rally with support from Peugeot Ireland. Andrew being a regular competitor in Rallying himself is delighted that Rally is coming back to Nenagh. Andrew himself intends to compete in the event in his Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car.

The rally itself takes place on Sunday 26th February with some crews rolling into town on Friday 24th in preparation. The rally is the 1st round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, 1st round of the Top Part West Coast & 1st Round of the Midlands East Rally Championship. The rally is a testament to Birr & District Motor and the hard working rally committee who have put in a lot of work over the past 12 months to bring this event back to the locality of Nenagh. The event would not be possible without the co-operation of the all the local residents living on the stages. Also without the co-operation of Tipperary County Council & An Garda Siochana this event would not be possible. The motor club have several members from Nenagh, Burgess, Silvermines, Portroe, Cloughjordan & Templemore who are regular competitors in the sport and it is great for us to showcase our local town and surrounding areas.

Regs and more info on the rally can be found here.

Article by Cathal McGrath

Road Safety comes to Nenagh

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Birr & District Motor Club organised the Road Safety Authority Shuttle & Roll over simulator to visit Nenagh College on the 16th January. Transition Year students from both Nenagh College and Borrisokane Community College attended this Road Safety Campaign. Also on the day Birr MC Member Pat Horan from Aglish brought his Audi Quattro Rally Car. Pat along with Art McCarrick (Development Officer Motorsport Ireland) demonstrated the safety features of the rally car compared to the normal road car.

Students got to experience first-hand what it was like to be turned upside down in a standard road car. Here they learned the importance of wearing a safety belt correctly and how it can save them from a minor injury to a major injury. Also all of the students got to experience the new state of the art Road Safety Shuttle. Inside the shuttle are various simulators that replicate safe braking distances, driving on ice and snow, testing their reaction times in the event of an unexpected emergency.

Birr & District Motor Club would like to thank Nenagh College for allowing the use of their facilities for the Road Safety Shuttle & Roll over simulator. Also we would like to express our thanks to Damien Kennedy (Principle Nenagh College) & Padraig Shrahan, (TY Co-ordinator Nenagh College). Matthew Carr (Principle Borrisokane Community College) & Orla Cunningham (TY Co-ordinator Borrisokane Community College). Christine Hegarty(RSA), Laura Tully(RSA Shuttle Staff), Ciaran Masterson(RSA Shuttle Staff), Gerry Connolly(RSA Shuttle), Tommy Massey(RSA Shuttle), Dominic Smyth(RSA Roll over simulator), Stewart Clarke(RSA Roll over simulator). Donal Purcell (Tipperary County Council Road Safety Officer), Peter Fee(Tipperary County Council). Robert Lyttle (Motorsport Ireland), Alex Sinclair(Motorsport Ireland), Art McCarrick (Motorsport Ireland).

Article by Cathal McGrath

Motorsport Insurance Meeting

The following is a letter from Martin McKenna, Motorsport Ireland to all competitors regards insurance.


Dear Competitor,

You are cordially invited to attend a meeting at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, to enable Motorsport Ireland to provide information regarding the current arrangements for insurance and to hear your views as to how we progress from here. I look forward to meeting you then.

Martin McKenna,
Motorsport Ireland.

January Marshals Safety Seminar 2017

The Rallies Committee are holding a series of Safety Information Seminars for Marshals throughout the month of January 2017. All marshals are requested and encouraged to attend one of these seminars either in their own club area or in another area.

Rev2 - Please note date change for "Kerry, Killarney, Limerick & Clare" event.

Rev3 - Also note date change for "Donegal" event due to insurance meeting.

Dates and More Details here