"He would have done the same" for me"

Our story on one rally competitor's generosity to another generates huge interest

Matt Britton

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Matt Britton

"He would have done the same" for me"

The Boyle family with Declan, Michael and young Jessica along with Cormac Phelan and his pilot and girlfriend Katchya Azur. INDD 1710 ACT 1 MVB

One small and simple act of kindness last weekend which indeed could very well have gone unnoticed has captured the imagination of many around the country.

In our Thursday edition we recounted the story about Cormac Phelan who after hearing that one of his fellow competitors in the Harvest Rally, Michael Boyle had major engine trouble and was on the verge of pulling out.

Cormac told the Democrat, “I just heard about it in the service park and I knew that Michael was in with a great chance of becoming national junior champion - you don't often get this opportunity and I just decided that I was going to give him my engine. He would have done the same for me.

“To say that he was reluctant to accept would be an understatement. But I eventually got him to take it. I have been helped out in the past in similar situations by Donegal people - it really is all about being able to lend a hand when the chips are down."

Cormac continued, “At the prizegiving on Saturday night when my name was called out for the “spirit of the rally” award, I was choking with tears. I don't often cry but that was the most emotional night in my life.”

Michael Boyle commented, “The reaction to the story has been mad - I have people from all over the country emailing me, texting etc. Many of these are people who know nothing about rallying - they have just been so impressed that somebody would actually do this. I seem to be getting a lot of attention but it should be directed at Cormac. He gave up his race for me and that is where all the credit is due. It was the most incredible act of generosity.”