Local competitors win big at county championship awards

World Rally Championship star Craig Breen was the surprise guest of honour at the Moriarty’s Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship awards presentation on Saturday night.

Now celebrating its second year, it is the only county rally championship in the country.

Saturday night’s awards do, at The Anvil Bar, in Keel, Castlemaine was attended by close to 150 people including Minister Brendan Griffin.

One of the highlights of the series is the presentation of the Paudie Casey Memorial Trophy to the person or persons who have made the greatest contribution to motorsport in Kerry over the last 12 months.

The trophy remembers the great Kerry Motor Club member who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and the winner is a closely guarded secret until the presentation night.

This year’s winners were, Killarney and District Motor Club Members Orla Galvin-Griffin and her two daughters Ciara and Meabh Griffin. The family team have been involved in the running of all three rallies in the county during the 2019 season.

The Ballyvourney-based rally family have marshalled all over the country and are in some sort of volunteer role every weekend.

The Drivers’ Championship was won by Tralee’s Darren Young, with Killarney’s Alan Ring taking second, and Rockfield’s Aidan Buckley third.

The co-drivers category was dominated by KDMC members with Paul Nagle taking the top co-driver award, while Tara Duggan took second. There was a tie for third place and that was shared by Ronald O’Riordan and Nicky Burke.

Rathmore’s Donal O’Connor took the Historic Drivers’ title while there was another tie in the Co-Drivers’ League and this was shared by Abbeydorney’s Tony McCarthy and Rathmore’s Pat Cashman.