Ravens Rock Rally

Event Programme Outlets

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Rally Headquarters, Kilford Arms Hotel,
GPS Coordinates: N 52.653627 W -7.2481552012rrcover
Chancellors Mills, Service Area,
GPS Coordinates: N 52.669196 W -7.266469
Q-Oil Filling Station Freshford Rd Kilkenny Next To Service,
GPS Coordinates:N52 38.938 W007 13.552
Black Quarry Filling Station & Shop Ring Rd Kilkenny,
GPS Coordinates: N52 38.578 W 007 14.063
Maxol Filling Station & Shop Old Dublin Rd Kilkenny,
GPS Coordinates:N52 38.938 W007 15.726
The Rock Bar Freshford Rd. Kilkenny,
GPS Coordinates: N52 42.105 W007 18.186
Esso Filling Station Callan Rd Roundabout,
GPS Coordinates:N52 38.060 W007 15.726
Amber Filling Station & Shop College Rd Kilkenny,
GPS Coordinates:N52 38.693 W007 15.522
Maher’s Shop (Costcutters) Freshford,
GPS Coordinates:N52 43.939 W007 24.002
Top Filling Station & Shop Callan (Londis),
GPS Coordinates:N52 32.701 W007 23.534
Maher’s Great Gas Filling Station & Shop Call
GPS Coordinates:N52 32.418 W007 23.633
Cronin’s Filling Station & Shop Nine Mile House Kilkenny/Clonmel Rd.
GPS Coordinates:N52 27.634 W007 27.813
Delaney’s Shop Tullaroan Village,
GPS Coordinates:N52 3948.35 W8 33.97
Walsh’s Service Station, Belmont Road, Ferrybank, Waterford
Walsh's Service Station. Cork Road, Waterford

Tribute to Gareth Roberts

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Carrick on Suir Motor Club will pay tribute to Gareth Roberts at ribbonthis weekend's Ravens Rock Rally, all competing cars will carry a sticker and there will be a book of condolences in the Rally Office. 







Ar dheis Dé go raibh Siad


The BIG Preview: Ravens Rock Rally 2012

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Over the past two years the last Saturday and Sunday of June has signified a octane fuelled weekend in the Marble City. This is set continue this year as the Carrick on Suir Motor Club brings the Ravens Rock Rally to Kilkenny City and County for the third successive year with the tarmac rally taking place next Sunday. Sponsored by Suirway Farm Machinery and the Kilford Arms Hotel the Motorsport Rally has been taken to the hearts of Kilkenny people during the previous two visits and now looks set for one final blast in the home of the Black and Amber.

Seeded Event Entry List   (Available also on the Sidebar)Cover

Final Instruction 1 (Available also on the Sidebar)

Early Entry Incentive Draw Winners

Marshal Meeting Points

Google Map - Including GPS points for HQ, Service, Ceremonial Start, Marshal Meeting Points

Time and Distance Schedule

At the helm again this year is Threecastle's man John Rafter, "I would like to welcome each and every one of you to Kilkenny City and County for the 2012 running of the Ravens Rock Rally. This year sees the culmination of three years of hard work and dedication from the Carrick on Suir Motor Club to hold our premier event in the Marble City. For myself as 'Clerk of the Course' it has been a hugely intensive but equally rewarding role. The time spent organising each event has differed from year to year and has shown to me the huge amount of talent we are lucky enough to have in our Motor Club.

The euphoria that surrounded the initial event in 2010, seeing that rally come to fruition will always give me special memories. 2011 was the next step as we tried to improve on our opening achievements, with our main aim of highlighting 'Motorsport' in Kilkenny. 2012, the final chapter. This year has been about rounding off what we set out to do and I'm sure by next Sunday night we will have achieved this."

The event will commence this year with a Ceremonial Start at in the heart of Kilkenny at the Tholsel, High Street on Saturday evening the 23rd June at 19.00 hrs. After introducing the ceremonial start to the event in 2010 in an attempt to raise the profile of rallying in the Marble City, it has grown in popularity and now forms an integral part of showcasing the cars and stars of the rally. The ceremonial start also gives the club the opportunity to highlight our event sponsors for whom it would not be possible to hold without, John states, "Over the course of this three year journey as COC I’ve had the honour of working with our three amazing sponsors. I pay tribute to Suirway Forklifts/Farm Machinery, The Kilford Arms Hotel and Chancellors Mill for their sustained support. Pius Phlean and the Kilford Arms has been an incredible headquarters, Pius and his team within the hotel are always on hand to help in anyway. I thank John Dalton owner of Chancellors Mill for the use of his premises. From year one John has always been eager to be involved with the rally and more than eager to give of his premises. I leave Suirway Forklifts/Farm Machinery and James Coleman to last because it’s hard to put into word what James has done for the rally. He and his company are now synonymous with the rally having been a major sponsor of the ‘Ravens Rock’ for main year’s but also as an experienced club member and Motorsport Ireland official has been on hand to give advice." With Street entertainment before and throughout and a host of ‘Rally Stars and Cars on Show’ the ‘Tholsel’ will be a hive of motorsport activity and will be the perfect place to kick off the Motorsport weekend.

Rally Route:

The main event then begins on Sunday morning with the first of nine special stages at 9.48am. The rally follows the same format as twelve months ago with a three stage layout and centralised service in Chancellors Mill after every three stages. Deputy, Clerk of the Course, Tullaroan's Pierce Doheny Snr said, "This has been one our biggest selling points to perspective competitors this year. The overall length of the event is approx. 199 km of which 123.33km are stages. When a crew leave Parc Ferme on Sunday morning it's only 10kms out to the start of the opening test and when they reach the finish they only have a 2km road section before entering stage two. This is again repeated on stage three and finally they cover 10kms back to service, making this a very compact rally both to recce and compete."

The Special Stages:


SS1/4/7: Over the last two years the rally route took a clockwise direction but this time round in a change to the layout we head anti-clockwise from Kilkenny City out to Freshford for the opening 'Clashacrow' test. The test also forms stage's four and seven. Stage commander here is Barry Duggan with his deputy being Terence Kearney.

Marshals Meeting Point: Freshford Village - Time: 7am. The best viewing points are on this stage can be excessed from the Kilkenny/Tullaroan rd. The stage is sponsored by Shay Power Ltd.

SS 2/5/8: As stated earlier there's only a short two km road section between the end of stage one and the start of the second. SS 2/5/8: ‘Knocknamuck’. Stage Commander: Barry Roche, deputies Sean Byrne & Marty Mullins. Marshalls Meeting Point: Tullaroan Village - Time: 7.30am. The best viewing points are in Craddockstown and Kildrinagh. The stage is sponsored by The Valley Inn, Woodsgift.

SS 3/6/9: the final stage in the loop is ‘Corstown’. Stage Commander: Brian Kehoe and his deputy is Liam Bergin. Marshalls Meeting Point: Tullaroan Village - Time 8am. The best viewing points include excess from Kilmanagh and there’s also excess points from the Tullaroan/Kilkenny rd.  The stage is sponsored by Keoghs Garage, Tullaroan.

Competing Crews:

Twelve months ago we were treated to an unbelievable display of driving as Carrick Motor Club member Craig Breen who took a start to finish win on his home event. Sadly however Craig will not be around to defend his victory as he will be competing in Belgium at IRC Geko Ypres Rally. The Sileverure man is very disappointed not to be able to take part again this year. "Last year was my first time to take part in my home event and it was a huge honour for me to win the Ravens Rock. This was where my love of the sport sprang from. Attending the event as a youngster and then seeing my Dad win it, it has always been special to me. Looking back now, I was having some bad luck before the event last year and result just weren't going my way. That all changed however after the 'Rock' and my win in Kilkenny set me on the road to world success. I was very disappointed when I realised that the event would clash with IRC Ypres but as the Belgium rally forms part of my IRC campaign it has to take priority. I want to wish John Rafter, his team and all the Carrick Motor Club members as the best for SAFE and successful event." said Breen speaking from the cockpit of his Peugeot 207 during a test session in Sicily.

There's no need to worry however in Craig's absence there's both quantity and quality in abundance for the 2012 Rock. Competitor Liaison Officer, Pierce Doheny Jnr said, "We decided early on in the preparation for this year's rally to continue with both our online and postal entry form. Having the two options gives crews the choice and using the online method makes the process very easy. Since the publication of our event regulations and the opening dates for entries the entry has been slowly building and now (time of going to print) with a week to go we look set to reach the magical number and start more than one hundred cars."

Going into the entry in more detail Pierce elaborated on the main contenders, "At this time drivers likes Kevin Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S11), John Joe Fleming (Ford Focus WRC) and Denis Cronin are top of the list for overall honours but with the International Rally in Donegal at the weekend we have some crews that have expressed an interest and should they come out the other side of that rally their next port of call will be Kilkenny but I must say that the interest has been great and this has been down to the fact that we have had our usual 'Early Retry Incentive Prize Draw' and 'Honda Cup Award' running again this year and both have been the source of why the entries have been mounting."

Apart front the front end of the field there are also a host of local crews taking part, these include: Class 2: James Dunphy and Ritchie Dalton are the ones to watch and I’m delighted to see Ritchie taking part as he is also one of our event sponsors. Class 7: Noel Coogan (Castlecomer), Class 9: Kenny Treacy (Carlow), Class 10: John O'Donnell (Dungarvan), Jimmy Doyle, and Paschal O'Shea, Class 11: Enda O'Brien and Derek Brennan and Donagh O'Sullivan, and Brian Nugent, Class 12: Alan Commins, Class 13: Shay Power, James Coleman and Tommy Murphy (Threecastles), Historics: Seamus Anderson.

Where to find event information:  The main port of call for event info is the Carrick MC website, www.carrickonsuirmotorclub.com, here you will find:

(A) The Event Time and Distance Schedule

(B) Parc-Ferme and Service Area layout

(D) Event Google Map - Showing: HQ, Scrutiny, Parc Ferme, Service Area, Ceremonial Start, Marshal Meeting Points, with their respective GPS pionts.

Going hand in hand with the club website is the ‘Official Event Programme’. The 52 page programme is packed with info including Full Colour Map of the Special Stages, Special Stage Timetable, Full Seeded Entry List, Articles from the Major Championship involved in the Rally, Review of Craig Breen's 2011 World Rally Academy Championship Victory and much much more.

Live Results:

During the rally you can Logon to the club site for live results, which will be updated from Sunday morning as soon as the first competing cars complete the opening stage. From the club site you can also join their twitter account and follow the updates as they become available. In addition to this the club have availed of Killian Duffy and his new online service Ultimate Rally News available at www.ultimaterallynews.com

Word of Caution:

The Club would ask that if you intend to spectate at the rally that you obey the safety instructions of the Marshalls and other officials. We hope you enjoy this year’s event, and the very best of luck to all the competitors. Stay safe on our roads, and remember this year to “Keep the race in its place”


Final Instruction 1

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Amendment to event regulations regarding Class 16 is now split into Class 16A and Class 16B, Class 16A up to 1450cc & Class 16B from 1451cc to 1650cc

Check in for the making of pace notes at the Kilford Arms Hotel, John St., Kilkenny, from 0900 hr’s Saturday 23rd June 2012 to 1230 hrs.  Your IRDS /NES / BRDS Letter and Competition   License will be required before you will be given authority to Recce the stages. (Pace notes will be available)

Two Recce Identification Panels will be supplied - One must be placed on the front and one on the rear of the car, and they must be clearly visible, both on approach and departure.

Penalty of 2 minutes will apply for non-compliance.

Mechanical Scrutiny will be in the Pheonix Business Park, Freshford Road Kilkenny from 1400 hrs to 1930 hrs sharp, there will be no slot times; documentation scrutiny will be located in the Kilford Arms Hotel, John Street, Kilkenny from 1400 hrs to 1930 hrs sharp

Parc Ferme will be in Pheonix Business Park, (Chancellors Mills) Freshford Road, Kilkenny not later than 2100 hrs. Security will be provided in Parc Ferme from 2000 hrs Saturday to 0800 hrs on Sunday 24th June for Rally Cars Only – The Carrick on Suir Motor Club and Pheonix Business Park will accept NO responsibility for Trailers, Barges etc., at any time during the event.


UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE WILL THE CARRICK ON SUIR CLUB TOLERATE CHEATING OF ANY SORT. The stages will be policed by judges of fact at all times from now until the 26th June, - No excuses will be accepted - We would like to bring your attention to the REGULATIONS FOR RECONNAISSANCE AND THE MAKING OF PACE NOTE’S as per 2011 Year Book Appendix  29 Art. 4.  Page 88. Our club is determined to enforce the FIA Sporting Code.

Pace Note making will end at 1730 hrs as per regulations, do not start a stage if you cannot complete it before this time.

Speed Limit on Stages must be strictly adhered to.

If YOU have classified your car incorrectly you may find yourself excluded from results, if we the organisers have classified you incorrectly please let us know.

Drivers briefing will be compulsory for both crew members and will be in Parc Ferme at 0815 hrs on Sunday 24th June 2012

Helicopters: Concern has been expressed in regard to the use of the above – Residents have expressed concern in regard to the landing of helicopters on private land. This may only be done with the permission of the landowner (Previously sought) as animals can react to the noise created. If it can be shown that any helicopter is associated with a particular competitor or competitors they will be penalised as per Appendix 25 3.7 and may also suffer a monetary penalty.

JUNIOR & HISTORIC COMPETITORS – will join the event after stage 3 and compete on stages 4 to 9. Their assembly point will be Parc Ferme, where they will receive another briefing. Competitors will need to assemble in this area no later than 1200hrs.


John Rafter

Clerk of the Course,


Early Entry Incentive Draw Winners!!!

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Note that the winners of the various prizes have to start the rally in order to redeem the prizes... In the event of the winners not starting, the named reserves will claim the prizes....

1st Prize: Full Entry Refund
Winner: Eamon Dowling (Carlow) (Reserve winner: Alan Commins, Kilkenny)

2nd Prize: Half Entry Refund
James Duggan (Kilkenny) (Reserve winner: Pat Price, Dublin)

3rd Prize: Accommodation for Four people for Saturday Night 23rd June
Colin Byrne (Cork) (Reserve winner: Bobby Hennessey, Wexford)

4th Prize: 25 Litres of Fuel - Sponsored by Drennan Oil Products
Johnny Murphy (Wexford) (Reserve winner: Joe Connolly, Kilkenny)

5th Prize: Accommodation for Two people for Saturday Night 23rd June
Stephen Greaney (Galway) (Reserve winner: Daniel Cronin, Cork)

Latest entries.....

Eoin Doyle
Moss Fitzgerald
Stephen Greaney
Maurice Greaney
John Murphy
James Coleman......


Ravens Rock Rally Marshals Training Night

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Ravens Rock Rally Marshals Training Night in the Aspect Hotel Kilkenny at 8pm next Tuesday,19th June. All welcome. Club Contact for this event: John Rafter - Mobile: 086 2712423 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Ultimate Rally News - Event Video Advert

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Click on the Picture to view the Video......           Thanks to all at ULTIMATE RALLY NEWS

Springhill Court Conference Leisure & Spa Hotel Kilkenny

Special offer for Ravens Rock Rally at the Springhill Court Hotel!

2 night package Friday and Saturday: €109pps for 2 nights B&B and 1 evening meal

Saturday 1 night: €60pps B&B (limited availability so book quickly!)

Call 056 7721122 and quote Ravens Rock  springhill

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Sales & Marketing Manager

Springhill Court Hotel

T: 056-7721122

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Additions to Entry List 14-6-2012

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Liam Howlett
James Grint in a Citroen DS3 R3
Ed McNamara
Kevin Dalton
Damien McCarthy
Lloyd Hutchinson
John Forde





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Made notes yesterday for 'The Rock', 3 great stages, traditional fast & flowing stages with nearly no bumps!!a 3 run recce is a 4-5hr job as all stages are beside each other, during the rally you could end up leaving on your helmet for the loop!!


I am very excited to be covering the event with our 'Ultimate Rally News' service. Our preview show for the event will be up on our website before this weekend, during the show we will be having coc John Rafter as a guest & he will be revealing all the vital information about the event.
People can then log onto www.ultimaterallynews.com over the rally weekend for all news & reports.





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