Large crowds greet rally champions on their home patch

Large crowds greet rally champions on their home patch
Declan and Brian Boyle, the Donegal International Rally winners, were back among their own and on home territory on Friday night.

Declan and Brian Boyle, the Donegal International Rally winners, were back among their own and on home territory on Friday night.

The first time winner of the top rally on the Irish calendar did a tour of the Rosses, Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo areas in their winning Subaru WRC, on Friday night. Large crowds turned out to greet them along the way.

The victory cavalcade began in Dungloe - where Brian Boyle - lives and then travelled on to Leitirmacaward, Glenties Ardara and Narin and Portnoo before returning to Leitirmacaward - where Declan lives - and a celebration party in McCready’s, Gweebarra Bar.

Among the large number of rally supporters and drivers and co-drivers present were Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan, the last all-Donegal crew to win the Donegal International. That was back in 1983.

“It was brilliant to win the rally and was the one we always wanted to win,” said Declan, who was overwhelmed by the large crowd that turned out to greet himself and his cousin, co-driver Brian Boyle.

“The win means a lot to us but we can also see that it also means a lot to the people of the Rosses, Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo who have turned out in such large numbers to greet us tonight.

“I must say the win means a lot to myself and Brian to see Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan here tonight and especially with the fact that Vincent is also a Rosses man too. They were the first all-Donegal crew to win the rally and we are now the second and we are really delighted to see Vincent and Seamus here tonight.”

Declan and Brian were joined by their families and large circle friends on what was another historic night in the Rosses.