Carrick on Suir Motor Club

Meet the People #2

terence kearneyTerence Kearney-COC
Terence is one of the Carrick on Suir Motor Clubs longest standing members, with decades of knowledge and a vast wealth of experience in both the forest and on tarmac. Terence has been the COC of our Wm. Loughman Forestry Rally and moved into tarmac. 2017 is the second year in which Terence has acted as COC. Despite acting as COC for the Ravens Rock Rally, he has played major roles in all of our other events whether it be marshalling or simply offering valuable advice. 

Meet the People #1

img_2144Joe O'Brien-Equipment
If you want to know something about a time in Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club, your best bet is Joe. Long before he was the main Equipment man for the Club, Joe acted as our long-standing PRO for decades. 
Joe got involved in motorsport in the early 1960's. The first rally he ever saw was The Touring Stages of the Circuit of Ireland in the same decade. One of his first experiences in a rally car was with his mother doing a daytime navigator exercise in a Fiat 600. The wrong approach at a turn in Ahenny cost him the top prize. 
The only event Joe ever drove in, he rolled the car in Bigwood Quarry. "Ah good God Tom, I'm still apologising".
No job is too small, no task too large for Joe. If it's needed, he'll be there. If you see Joe, make sure to say "hello". 


Praise the Ford

Courtbrack Vintage Society are calling all vintage Ford vehicles back to the original Ford plant in Cork on Saturday the 17th of June. Pre-booking is essential. Cost is €20 per vehicle. 
For queries, please contact:
Colm Ryan 087 6889776
Eddie Ryan 087 2581149




a4 poster small 3Change Of Venue to Faugheen Hi All Due to circumstances beyond our control we are moving the Carrick On Suir Autocross to a great new location, The field will be arrowed from all routes into Carrick On Suir. The New location is now in Faugheen which is a short drive just outside Carrick On Suir, The new GPS Cordinates are 52°23'28.5"N 7°23'48.8"W
The new location will be sign posted from Carrick on Suir and surrounding areas.  

Ravens Rock Rally 2017 Press Release

The 2017 Ravens Rock Tarmac Rally returns to Waterford city and county on the 24th and 25th of June. The rally is sponsored by Kilsheelan Limestone Quarries, Dooley’s Hotel  etc. The rally has been an annual feature in Irish Rallying since the early 1970’s. It has had a nomadic relationship in the counties of Waterford, Kilkenny and Tipperary during the intervening years. Happily, it has put down roots (of a kind) in Waterford.

Without exception Co. Waterford has some of the most challenging roads and stages that rival the best that the famed Kerry, Galway and Donegal International rallies boast about. The terrain in Co. Waterford is varied between fast flowing roads in the broad valleys, to the testing twist mountain roads that are along the backbone mountain regions of the county.

Not alone does the Co. Waterford play host to the motorsport fraternity, it also has attractions for the families and friends of the competitors who enjoy a more social and relaxed rest on the many tourist related activities available throughout the county.

The recently opened Waterford Greenway is worthy of mention and promotion by all bodies who wish to promote what is so positive about the county attractions. The Television  show “RED WATER"  filmed in and around Dunmore East will also showcase the coastal attractions that dominate The natural boundary of a scenic coastline.

The Ravens Rock Tarmac Rally has proved its popularity with rally competitors and by sponsors of several rally championships, TRITON SHOWERS National Tarmac Rally Championship; SUIRWAY GROUP South East Stages Rally Championship; Plastic Bags Southern 4 Rally Championship. While this area does not have an International Rally, the Carrick-on-Suir event through its professional attitude and experience run this event to International Standards.

The reception that its organisers meet when canvassing support from businesses and more importantly from residents on the stages shows that the event is run in a manner that makes it an enjoyable event and experience for everybody. The Civil authorities, without whose co-operation the event may not run, lend their support and resources to assist the club and event to run as smoothly as possible.

The rally will be based in Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay who have supported the events of Carrick on Suir Motor Club since the 1980’s. Preparation for the event started when the 2016 event finished. So, it’s not a quick look around to see what route is available. The personnel required to run the event are identified and the broad outline laid out on paper. The feasibility of the route is tested and tweaked,taking into account all the stakeholders from sponsors residents county council operations availability of the infrastructure required within the City limits to facilitate the Parc Ferme, Start and finish locations and a suitable service area.

The TRITON SHOWERS National Rally Championship is the ‘showcase’ Rally Championship in Ireland. The Championship attracts competitors from all regions of Ireland together with strong support from English and Welsh based crews. Rally in Ireland on closed roads is a major attraction for the cross-channel crews who normally compete on the disused airfields or military sites that may be available to them.

Indeed Ireland and Waterford has a rising World Rally Star who plies his trade and more importantly ‘lives his dream’ competing with the best in the world competitors on the WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP. Craig Breen competes with the Citroen World Rally team on events throughout the world rallying circuits. Craig cut his teeth on the stages within a 50 kilometre radius of Waterford before progressing to the more demanding events of the British and then the European rally Championships.

The rally is expected to attract a capacity entry to the Waterford venue.

By: Joe O'Brien


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