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Victory for Breen & Nagle in Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally 2019

Posted on: 18 Mar 2019

Victory for Breen & Nagle in Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally 2019

Craig Breen & Paul Nagle (Fiesta R5) took victory on the 2019 Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally after an event long dice with Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble in a similar car. Despite Fishers best efforts he was only able to gain four seconds from an overnight deficit of 26 to finish the rally 22.2 seconds behind Breen. The battle for third place also went down to the wire, with Tom Cave & James Morgan (Hyundai i20 R5) just edging Matt Edwards & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta R5) for the final podium position. Sam Moffett / James Fulton and Callum Devine / Brian Hoy, both in Fiesta R5s completed the top six overall.

In the National Rally there was heartbreak for long time leader Gary Kiernan & Darren O'Brien when mechanical problems put them out with just two stages to go. This promoted Mikko Hirvonen & Jarno Ottman into the lead, and the Finnish pair took victory by almost two minutes from Damian Toner & John McGrath. Conor McCarthy & Gavin Sheehan took the final podium place in their Mitsubishi Lancer.

The Historic Rally was won convincingly by Neil Williams & Anthony O'Sullivan in an Escort Mark 2. They had over a minute and a half to spare over the Escort of Luke McCarthy & David Hogan who pipped Ray Cunningham / Jared Gills Mini by just 2.9 seconds on the final stage. The Junior Rally also went down to the wire, with Peter Falvey & Andrew Cronin winning by just 3.8 seconds over Aaron Browne & Daniel Hanratty after a titanic struggle. Mick Lonergan & Mikey Walsh took the final podium place in their Honda Civic. Photo of the winners is courtesy of Kevin O'Driscoll.

Top 6 Overall

1 - Craig Breen & Paul Nagle Ford Fiesta R5 1:51:18.6
2 - Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble Ford Fiesta R5 1:51:40.8
3 - Tom Cave & James Morgan Hyundai i20 R5 1:51:55.9 
4 - Matt Edwards & Patrick Walsh Ford Fiesta R5 1:52:00.7
5 - Sam Moffett & James Fulton Ford Fiesta R5 1:52:52.9
6 - Callum Devine & Brian Hoy Ford Fiesta R5 1:53:00.0

Thanks & Regards,

Kevin O'Driscoll
Press Officer

Reviews

We stayed in Clonakilty for 4 nights and loved it. So much to do. Beautiful beaches. Lovely pubs and such friendly people! Can't wait to come back!

Denise Lemmon Brown

A charming, yet cosmopolitan little gem, set in a stunningly beautiful part of the Emerals Isle. Great food, friendly people with immense sense of civic responsibility. Do not miss the music scene.

Jim Shine

I love Clonakility! Whenever we visit the Cork area we can't resit a stop off! Great Cafes & Restaurants. Very Pretty Town, bustling with life and Activity!!!!

Mary Sheridan Galway

A great town vibrant and pretty. Always plenty to do. Always clean and with the most friendly people. A must visit for both visitors to Ireland and native Irish. Great pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Michael McKenna

The most vibrant small town in Ireland. Always something happening. Great food, great atmosphere, lovely people.

Alison Wickham

We found Clonakilty to be one of if not the friendliest place we've ever visited. The people of "Clon " treated us like we had lived there our whole lives.They welcomed us into their lives like we were family.

Mitch Eveleth Iowa, USA

Great town ."The people are Splendid" to use a quote of the towns most Famous famous residence Michael Collins. The food and choice of food is excellent, the layout of the town with it meanderingĀ streets creates an intimacy with this place.

Michael McManus

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