The bravery of two rally competitors who risked their lives to help extract two rivals from a burning rally car was rewarded at the Moriarty’s Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship awards presentation on Saturday night.
Last June, father and daughter crew Jason and Megan Costello were involved in a serious accident on the Circuit of Munster Rally. In the course of the accident, their car caught fire and they ended up trapped.
The next crew on the scene Sean Hickey and Noel Fleming stopped and did everything in their power to extract the Tarbert crew from the burning wreckage, including putting themselves at risk.
Hickey and Fleming were presented with the Paudie Casey Memorial Trophy at Saturday night’s Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship awards party in Firies.
The prizegiving event was attended by close on 200 members representing the two clubs in the county.
Last year the rally family in Kerry and further afield was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Paudie Casey.
Paudie was the epitome of club rallying in The Kingdom.
A well-known and respected competitor, he was not afraid to put his shoulder to the wheel to help get events off the ground and a regular marshal – he was a familiar face at all the local rallies and while a member of Kerry Motor Club, he was an equal supporter of Killarney and District Motor Club.
“The Moriarty’s Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship is all about encouraging more people like Paudie,” Mike Moriarty, Championship Sponsor, said.
“With the blessing of his wife, Helen and other family members, the Paudie Casey Memorial Trophy was presented as the spirit of the championship award.”
Rob Duggan was confirmed as the inaugural Moriarty’s Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Champion following the recent Killarney Historic Rally.
Darren Young, the Tralee-based Honda Civic driver, was runner-up in the Drivers’ Standings, while third place went Gneeveguilla’s Seanie Hickey who was one of the few drivers to contest all rounds in his Toyota Starlet.
Colin O’Donoghue from Killarney won the Junior Section.
In the co-drivers section, Damian Fleming from Kilcummin took top honours while Pa Lawlor, Young’s co-driver finished second, with Noel Fleming, O’Leary’s map man, third.
Meagan Costello from Tarbert received the Ladies Award.