Record entry for Harvest Rally in Killybegs

"This event promises to be the rally of the year.”

Record entry for Harvest Rally in Killybegs

The Howley family at the launch of the Martin Howley/ Baview Hotel Harvest Rally in Killybegs on Monday last. INDD 2909 Killybegs Rally 1 MVB

The organisers of the Bayview/Martin Howley Harvest Rally are looking forward to one of the most successful Harvest rallies in recent years.

Introducing the launch Damian Crawford paid a very sincere tribute to the late Martin Howley stressing that this event on October 8 will not be a sad occasion but a celebration of Martin's life.

“With backdrops of the villages of Kilcar and Glencolmcille and the magic of the Wild Atlantic Way this event promises to be the rally of the year.”

Minister Joe McHugh TD added, “I will have to confess I don't know much about rallying - I used to make my way to the dances in my old Massey Fergusson but having spent a lot of time around Teelin and Kilcar learning Irish, it is a truly spectacular route.

“I suppose the one thing on all minds in view of recent events is safety. With professional and accomplished drivers like yourselves there is rarely a problem but I would ask the many followers and supporters to exercise extreme care and keep this event totally accident free.

“Looking at the cars outside they are all built to the highest safety specc - all I ask is do not try and emulate what the professionals do.”

The Clerk of the Course Karl Reid also stressed the safety aspect adding that there was a totally mouth watering lineup set for this great showdown.

He said, “With no less than three former winners of the Donegal International Rally included in WRC cars we are looking forward to a classic weekend in Killybegs.

“The facilities here are ideal - our service area will be on the pier in the centre of the town, we will also have a massive screen in the service area where spectators can watch all the action live”

Tracy McGill of the Bayview said, “The financial implications for the local economy are fantastic.

“Every bed in the town and the whole way “inthrough” are booked but if you still want to come to Killybegs for what promises to be the weekend of the year , give us a ring at the Bayview Hotel.”

A garda spokesman added, “We want to make this an enjoyable and safe event for all - please heed the steward's and Gardai instructions. Stay on track.”