Moonraker 2019 Press Release #3

Ballyvourney was the place to be last Friday evening for the Official Press Launch of the Munster Car Club’s Forestry event, The Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally.

The County Mayor Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy launched the event. In his opening proceedings the Mayor mentioned in his speech the importance of Coillte, who upkeep and provide the fantastic course for which the rally runs.

Local TD Aindrias Moynihan mentioned the Munster Car clubs efforts in organising the event and welcomed the financial contribution the Rally has brought to the area over the last 6 years.

Neil Phelan of Acesigns Cork L.T.D, who is an associate sponsor, thanked the committee and the club members of the Moonraker Forestry Rally and wished the organising team, led by C.O.C Sean Daly, all the very best for the event.

Next to speak was Michael Creedon, proprietor of the Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney, who gave a brief outline of his role within the sponsorship of the rally and he congratulated the team on the hard work  put in this year to get the rally up and going. 

Our Club Chairman Colman Hegarty welcomed the large crowd on behalf of the club and thanked everyone for attending.  

The last to speak was the man at the helm for the first time, C.O.C Sean Daly. He opened by welcoming everyone and thanked all for taking the time to come along on a Friday night. He went on to thank his team and stated that event is now ready to be finalised and good to go. He made special mention of the volunteers that come out to marshal the event as well as stage commanders, officials, timekeepers and everybody else who helps make this fantastic event the real jewel in the crown of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, as well as being a counting Round of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship. He urged the gathering to support the sponsors in any way they could and thanked them for their financial assistance. He concluded that entries were open and were steadily coming in.

The Championship standings are tight at the top after Rd.2 in Limerick. In the drivers category overall Michael Carbin and Keith Power are joint leaders on 28pts. In third is Peter McCullagh on 26pts.  In the Navigators category, Conor Mohan leads on 28pts, Calum Maguire is second on 26pts and in third is Anthony O Sullivan on 23pts.

In the class standings, there are a few battles: Class 1 sees William Creighton and Jamie O Flaherty with just 2 points between them. In Class 14 Adrian Hetherington and Mickey Conlon are joint on 21 points so making the 2wd very exciting. In the juniors we have a very strong class with Kyle McBride, Reece Pollock and Peter Beaton all in the top 3.

The Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally is Round 3 of the 2019 Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, Round 3 of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship also a counting round of the Munster Car Club Championship.

So get those entries in for what is set to be a top class event!

Entry forms and regulations are available to download on the clubs website at

Further details may be obtained from the following;

Sean Daly COC (086) 3731193 or Finbarr Hanratty Deputy COC (086) 3884036

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