Birr & District Motor Club

Archive 2018

Birr Club Championship 2018updated 2018-12-31

Overall Club Championship Standings 2018

Results Competitor Overall

Results Marshal Overall

Club Championship & Prizegiving

The Club AGM and Prizegiving and will take place in the Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea on Monday 7th January 2019 @ 8:00pm.

Notice for
2018 Award Winners

5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship 2018Updated 2018-12-12

Autocross Image courtesy of Pablo Photography

Championship Points

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

Queries on points to be sent to the Registar Eoin Longworth (086) 8179297 and must be lodged by Sunday 23rd December @ 7pm .

after Last Round

Christmas Autotest Results 2018

Thank to all Marshals & Competitors for supporting the event.

We would also like to give a very special thanks to the Garahy Family for the Wonderfull Hospitality & Excellent Hot Food.

See you on the 27 & 28 April 2019 for our Autotest Weekend in Borris in Ossory.

Results Overall

Results Classes

Turkey Chaser Autotest - Sun 30th December 2018

Regs/Entry Form


Entry Form (doc)

Entry Form (pdf)

Test Diagrams

Entries Received as of 27th December

1. Piers MacFheorais 16. Niall Donohoe 31. Hanna Garahy
2. Mick Kehoe 17. Richie Coffey 32. Kevin Maher
3. Stephen Kellett 18. Keith Shaw 33. Alan Maher
4. Ben Kellett 19. Ciaran Dwyer 34. Mark Shanahan
5. Stefan Walsh 20. Damien O’Meara 35. Darren Delaney
6. Shaun Deane 21. Robbie Ingram 36. Frank Lenehan
7. Jason Bracken 22. Eoin Longworth 37. Whitby Moynan
8. Gerry Joyce 23. Patrick O’Leary 38. Zara Moynan
9. Paul Joyce 24. Declan Donohue 39. David Forde
10. Stephen Joyce 25. Declan Burke 40. TJ O’Brien
11. Shane Carter 26. Brian Duggan 41. Lar Hogan
12. David Meeke 27. Robert Lewis 42. Robert Gloster
13. Richard Meeke 28. Kieran Garahy 43. Liam Cashman
14. Mark Daly 29. Ciaran Garahy 44. Martin Nugent
15. Peter Molloy 30. Jane Garahy 45. Ann Marie Mulvey

Turkey Chaser Preview

Christmas is coming and 5 days later we have the ever popular Birr & District Motor Club’s Turkey Chaser Autotest on Sunday 30th December in the wonderful surroundings of Garahys Truck Garage Birr. 3 Test sites will be used on Concrete & Loose Surfaces suitable for MVAT, Road & Endurance Cars. Tests will be straight forward and not to taxing on the brain. One Event licences will also be available.

As quoted by Brian Duggan of fame everybody who does this autotest will leave Garahys will a larger waist line due to the excellent food & the legendary Stew provided by the Eithne Garahy. Brian maintains that in order to be competitive, one must complete all tests before lunch in order to avoid the afternoon slump/sleep after the lunch of delicious Stew & Chocolate Cake.

Some interesting Entries include the Garahy Family Kieran the Dad, Dearbhaile, Ciaran, Jane, Hanna & Stephen along with Kevin Dempsey. Other entrants include MX5 Supremo Piers MacFheorais, Declan Burke in the VW Beetle, Mick Boland, Keith Shaw, Robert Lewis, Eoin Longworth, Patrick O’Leary, Whitby Moynan, Zara Moynan, John Nolan, Aoife Ryan, Paddy Fay, James Dwyer, Ryan Shiel, Declan Donohoe, Colin Sheridan, Martin Nugent, Brian Duggan & Darren Delaney who will drive Toyota Starlets which is the most popular car for this event.

As per usual Garahys Garage will provide Breakdown Assistance, Starlet Parts & On Event Mechanics which include Ger Connolly, Oliver Stanley & Ian McLoughlin to assist those in need of refurbishment (Cars & Drivers Included).

Clerk of the Course is the legendary John Delaney who promises challenging but simple tests and above all a fun filled day of cheap motorsport.

Sign on: 9.00AM
Drivers Briefing: 10.15AM
Start: 10.30AM
Lunch Break: 12:45am
Clerk of the Course: John Delaney

Entry Fee is 50 euro and One Event Licence Cost 25 euro but must be pre booked in advance. Regulations & Entry Forms will be available here soon or contact Clerk of the Course John Delaney 087 2820741 with any querys.

Birr L.S. Autocross Results - 18th November 2018

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 Motor Club 50th Anniversary

Some of our long standing and outstanding club members received special awards last night as a mark of the club's appreciation for their help and services to the club!
(Thanks to Sean Keown, Noelle Horan and Photographer John Delaney for these photos-check out John's album for more of his fantastic photos from the night!)

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Images courtesy of Sean Keown, Noelle Horan & John Delaney

Birr Loose Surface Autocross - 18th November 2018

Autocross Image courtesy of Sheals Photography

Regs/Entry Form

Entry (pdf)

Entry (word)

Entries Received as of 16th Nov 2018

No Name Car Class
113 Zara Moynan Mini 1
40 Conor Carroll Suzuki Swift 1
14 Gary Lordan Honda Civic 1
149 Colm Hayes Honda Civic 1
290 Mick McCormack MG ZR 1
240 Patrick Brislane Suzuki Swift 1
222 George Shinnors Vauxhall Nova 2
116 Frank O'Connell Mini 3
286 Steven Cafferty Honda Civic 3
30 James French Toyota Corolla 3
343 Ian McCarthy Honda Civic 3
252 Kevin Callanan Peugeot 106 3
301 Ciaran French Toyota Corolla 3
305 Ger O'Shea Peugeot 205 4
44 Brian Keegan Vauxhall Nova 4
909 Padraig Forde BMW Compact 4
90 Declan Burke BMW Compact 4
452 Gerard O'Connell Toyota Celica 4
432 Mike O'Connor Snr Honda Integra 4
535 Matt Shinnors Subaru Impreza 5
505 Austin Shinnors Subaru Impreza 5
52 Ed Walsh Subaru Impreza 5
251 Greg Shinnors Subaru Impreza 5
25 Elaine Shinnors Subaru Impreza 5
501 Bernard O'Leary Subaru Impreza 5
571 Bobby Cooper Subaru Impreza 5
565 Joseph Shinnors Subaru Impreza 5
56 Joe Shinnors Subaru Impreza 5
65 Padraic McHale Yacar Buggy 6
66 Joe McHale Berrisford Special 6
607 James Lehane Kawasaki Special 6
453 Alan Drew Drewspeed 6
69 Paul Nolan Berrisford Special 6
21 Diarmuid French Suzuki Special 6
712 Whitby Moynan Toyota Special 7
888 Nicky Hegarty Honda Special 7
777 Charles O'Neill Mazda Special 7
26 Cian Walsh Peugeot 205 9
722 Anthony Culleton Semog 10
883 TJ O'Brien Semog 10
83 Karl Mackey Semog 10
748 Robert Allen Semog 10
11 Paul Furlong Semog 10
6 Stevey Lane Semog 10
13 Fachtna McCarthy Semog 10
711 Paul O'Driscoll Semog 10
555 Brian O'Mahony Semog 10
257 Declan O'Regan JB Buggy 10
8 Dermot O'Riordan Semog 10
645 Tom Daly Semog 10
Mike O'Connor Jnr Semog 10
690 Ray Hassett Semog 10

Entries are capped at 55 due to Paddock Space Restrictions.
50 Entries received as of 9pm 16 Nov 2018.
Only 5 Spaces left.
Entries are still available but need to be placed with Eoin Longworth ASAP at 086 8179297 to be guaranteed a space.

Marshalls required for this Sundays Autocross. Contact Pat Gubbins @ 087 9005163. Marshalls should meet @9am in the Pit.


The Birr Loose Surface Autocross will be held on Sunday 18th November 2018. The Venue will be Gravel Park near Moneygall close to the M7 Junction 23.

  • Round 6 of the 5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship
  • Counting Round of the Barrett Transport Munster Autocross Championship
  • The Track is in Excellent Condition
  • It would be greatly appreciated if all intending drivers submit there Entry Details via Phone, Email or Text ASAP as this would greatly assist in getting the Autocross underway on time. Payment will be accepted on the day.

Date: Sunday 18th November 2018.
Venue: Gravel Park near Moneygall, Co. Offaly (close to M7, Jnct23).

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

Clerk of Course: Pat Gubbins

Birr Motor Club 50th Anniversary - 3rd November 2018

The Birr Golden Jubilee & Midlands East Rally Championship Prizegiving will take place on 3rd November 2018 in County Arms Hotel, Birr. Tickets now available from Eoin Longworth on 086 817 9297.

Tickets available between 5pm and 7:15pm on the night at the door.

Birr Endurance Trial Results - Sun 7th October 2018

Kevin and Dave - Winners 2018 Image from of

The Birr Endurance Trial took place last Sunday and was a big 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 food and jelly & ice-cream provided while awaiting results.


Results from (Angus Sealy)

Images from

Birr Endurance Trial - Sun 7th October 2018

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

Regs/Entry Form

Regs (doc)

Regs (pdf)

Final Instructions 1

Seeded Entry list

Live Results from (Angus Sealy)


The Birr & District Motor Club Endurance Trial is taking place on Sunday 7th October 2018.

H.Q for the Endurance Trial is Garahy's Garage, Fortal, Birr, Co Offaly. Scrutiny is from 7:45am with Start @10.00am and the first car finishes around 5:15pm.

10 Selectives repeated twice, usual favourites and a few new ones, the legendary Garahys Hospitality & Food, compact route, friendly organisers - Whats stopping you from travelling??? Get the word around.

HQ: Garahys Truck Garage, Birr.
Sign on: 07:45
Drivers Briefing 09:30
Start Time: 10.00
Finish Time: 17:15 Approx First Car Finishes.

Clerk of the Course is Ger Brophy.

Birr Grass Autocross Results 2018

Here are the results after an enjoyable day of autocross at Killyon, The Birr Grass Autocross, a counting round of the Hyundai Limerick Motor Centre National Grass Autocross Championship.

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

Results Overall

Tom O’Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt - Results




Full results attached for Vintage Week Treasure Hunt.

As ever the Birr & District Motor Club's 50th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Car Treasure Hunt was an outstanding success with a record entry of 105 Cars 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 Rath, Gortnamuck, Derrinboy, Kinnitty, & finished near Killyon. Clues were varied and some were demanding and hard to find.

The Overall Winner was Sarah King from Riverstown on 770 Marks with runners up Pascal Horan from Killyon on 715 Marks. 3rd place went to Rath Resident Peter Darcy finishing on 710 Marks. Just outside the Top 3 was Cathal McIntyre from Lusmagh on 695 Points. The maximum score was 830 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 Eoin Longworth, Una O'Brien, Patrick O'Leary, Mick Boland, Ger Brophy, Michael Parkinson, Eithne & Jane Garahy & John Shiel who all helped in making it a very enjoyable evenings fun.

by Eoin Longworth

Birr Grass AutoCross

Regs / Entry Form

Regs/Entry (word)

Regs/Entry (pdf)


The Birr Grass Autocross is being rescheduled for Sunday 26th August 2018 and will be part of the Hyundai Limerick Motor Centre National Championship Autocross.

The location of the field is in Streamstown, Killyon, Birr, Co Offaly.

Scrutiny: 8.30am
Drivers Briefing: 10.15am
Practice: 10:30am
Timed Runs: 11:00am
Clerk of the Course:Kieran O’Brien

Multi Venue AutoTest Results - 22nd July 2018

Here are the results from the fantastic, well organised MVAT that took place in Donaghmore Museum and Campion Concrete over the weekend.
Well done to all the organisers, marshals, timekeepers and competitors and anyone else who helped to make the event such a success.



Birr Multi Venue Autotest 2018

multivenue pic1

Regs/Entry Form


Entry (pdf)

Entry (word)
Final Instructions 1

Test Diagrams

Test Diagrams (click to expand)



Entries Received 18-07-2018

Ben Kellett John Nolan David Meeke
Stephen Kellett Aoife Ryan Richard Meeke
James Mansfield Conor Clarke Philip O'Reilly
Colin Sheridan Robert Gloster Robert Lewis
Eoin Longworth Whitby Moynan Lee Deane
Declan Donohoe Zara Moynan Lar Hogan
Patrick O'Leary Piers MacFheorais Kevin Maher
Darren Delaney Frank Lenehan Alan Maher
Brian Duggan John McAssey Stephen Briggs
Kieran Garahy Keith Shaw
Ciaran Garahy David Forde


The Birr Multi Venue Autotest will take place on the confirmed, changed date of 22th July 2018

The event will be based from Donaghmore Workhouse & Agricultural Museum, Donaghmore, Borris in Ossory, Co Laois, 4 Miles from Borris in Ossory - M7 Junction 21 on R435 Rathdowney Road.


  • Sign On & Tests 1-9 (3 Tests done 3 Times) in Donaghmore Agricultural Museum. from 8.30am, Briefing 9.45am and Tests Start @10.00am.
  • After Lunch Tests 10-21 (4 Tests done 3 Times) in Campion Concrete. 4 Miles from Donaghmore.
  • Results, Prizegiving & Complimentary Dinner for all Drivers in Sheerans Bar, Coolrain.


  • All drivers with cars who do not comply with the Road Traffic Act MUST TRAILER the Car between the 2 Test Venues and so no IRDS will be required for the event.
  • 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).
  • The Donaghmore Museum Committee are providing us with Tea/Coffee & Snacks from 8.30am and also a Light Lunch for all Drivers. All monies will go towards the Donaghmore Museum.

H.Q:Donaghmore Workhouse & Agricultural Museum, Donaghmore, Borris in Ossory, Co Laois.

Sign on: 8:30 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: Bill Ryan
Results Officer: John Fogarty
MI Steward: Tim Faulkner
BADMC Steward: Oliver Stanley

2 Day AutoTest Results - 21st/22nd April 2018

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 helped over the 2 days to make the event such a success.


Results (Sat)
Results (Sun)

2 Day AutoTest Weekend - *21st/22nd* April 2018

Regs/Entry Form


Entry (doc)

Entries Received as of 18th April 2018

John Nolan Darren Delaney Alan Maher
Aoife Ryan Mark Shanahan Kevin Maher
Piers McFheorais Neil Foyle Robbie Ingram
Kieran Garahy James Mansfield Paddy Delaney
Eoin Longworth Luke O'Neill Declan Burke
Patrick O'Leary Finbarr O'Neill Liam Cashman
Stefan Walsh Frank Dwyer Dearbhaile Garahy
Brian Duggan Conal O'Neill Kevin Dempsey
David Forde Owen Murray Karl Grehan
David Campion Martin Nugent Robert Gloster
Colin Sheridan Whitby Moynan Robbie Nevin
Lar Hogan Zara Moynan

Entries are still available. Contact Eoin Longworth (086) 8179297.


Why not join us in Campion Concrete, Kilcotton, Borris in Ossory, Co Laois (close to M7/M8) for our fun filled Autotest Weekend on the new date of 21st/22nd April 2018. Tests are Simple, easy to remember and will be suitable for Multi Venue, Endurance, Retro and Road Cars. Tests will be on mixed surfaces.

  • Plenty of spaces left.
  • Venue: Campion Concrete, Borris in Ossory (Close to M7/M8)
  • Great weekends driving and fun assured.
  • One Event licences available (€25).
  • Simple Open Tests on Mixed Surfaces (Loose & Sealed) = Maximum Enjoyment.
  • Suitable for Road, Multi Venue & Endurance Cars.
  • Entry Fee €40 per day.
  • Gourmet Catering on Site - 5 Star Catering.

  • Annual Birr Motor Club Social Night will be held on Saturday Night 21st April in Sheerans Bar Coolrain where Lar Hogan will be our splendid host as always.
  • Accommodation is available nearby, contact Eoin Longworth for details.

Further details from Eoin Longworth (086) 8179297 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

G.N. Abbey Court Hotel Stages Rally 2018 is all systems go

Nenagh Locations
Entry Form
Time &
Final Instructions
No 1
Marshals Meeting
Start Times / Results
Final Instructions
No 2
Seeded Entries
as of 14 Feb
Final Instructions
No 3

Birr Stages Rally 2018 Flyer

Birr Rally is all systems go and will take place on Feb 18th.
If there is any one out there who is considering doing our Rally, PLEASE REGISTER ASAP BY PHONE OR TEXT

The Great National Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh Tarmac Stages Rally will take place on the new date of Sunday 18th February 2018.
We are delighted to once again welcome the Great National Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh as the main event sponsors.

  • The entry fee will be €625 all in (€455 + Levy €170) for competitors on standard IRDS.
  • 3 Stages X 2 Format = 100km
  • With Low Road Millage
  • Tyre change before Rally start, plus 2 Services
  • 1st Car on SS1 at 10am
  • 1st Car Due On Finish Ramp 15:40pm
  • Opening round of the

We have done everything possible to Make this a Value for Money event and would Greatly Appreciate a good response from as many competitors as possible.

NB: Please remember to check you have the correct Licences prior to the event.
Please especially check the note here on the new licence requirements required by navigators for 2018.
New Navigator Licence Requirements

Navigator Licences


IMPORTANT – all co-drivers in Stage Rallies MUST hold a minimum of National A Navigator licence.

MI Stage International, Stage National A and Stage National B Rally Drivers’ licences ARE VALID for co-drivers.

Because the MSA’s grading system is different to MI’s, MSA Stage International, Stage National A, Stage National B and Stage & Road Navigator ARE ALL VALID for co- drivers.

However, MI Road National B Driver licences, or National B Navigator licences are NOT VALID for Stage Rallies.

Support Irish Motorsport Stickers

Just an update on the Support Irish Motorsport Stickers Sales. Stickers are priced at €20 and all proceeds are going towards Insurance Cover for 2017 & beyond.

With this in mind I would urge all members of the Birr & District Motor and their friends to purchase these stickers. Motorsport in Ireland is going through a though period at the moment so lets put our shoulder to the wheel to assist with this worth while venture.

Stickers Sales Outlets:

  • RAE Auto Factors - Dublin Rd, Roscrea.
  • RAE Auto Factors - Main St, Templemore.
  • Mike Garahy Tractor Sales - Miletree, Birr, Co Offaly.
  • Midland Tyre Services - Borris in Ossory, Co Laois.
  • Oliver Stanley Motors - Cork Road, Durrow, Co Laois.
  • Or Alternatively contact 086 8179297 or 087 0666663.