The Joule Donegal International Rally in association with the Mount Errigal Hotel and the Pulse Venue has come to a close for this year. The atmosphere is slowly dissipating and life starts to return to normal.
2018 will live long in the memory as the rally took more twists and turns than the roads being used!! Through it all Manus Kelly & Donall Barrett took their third win in a row, ensuring their place in the record books alongside Donegal winning legends Cathal Curley and Billy Coleman.
In the National section of the event the managing director of our main sponsor Joule, Ian Barrett took an equally impressive victory in his Darrian partnered by Paul McGee.
Eamon McGee clerk of the course for the past seven years said, “I am delighted with the way the event has passed off, we ran every stage, on time and no major incidents. The crews were delighted with the route we had laid out for them “Eamon continued “The team behind this Rally is small but they all preformed more than I could have asked of them, the officials and marshals kept the show on the road in changeable weather conditions. We had the cream of Irish Rallying competing on our stages but we also had the cream of Marshals on our stages, they travelled the length of the country and beyond to help. The residents, landowners and business owners along the route need to be thanked as it’s through their goodwill this event happens. I have heard so many heart-warming stories of residents handing out tea, coffee and snacks to our marshals and spectators. We are well aware of the issues on the roads and at night, the Gardai have dealt with this extremely well and prosecuting the offenders and hopefully this will send out a strong message. These people are not rally fans as we have seen the true fans line the stages this year in record numbers in a safe and respectful manner”.
All that remains is to thank everyone one involved in this great event and start counting down to 2019!!!