Celebration time for the Boyles of Leitirmacaward with first Donegal win

Celebration time for the Boyles of Leitirmacaward with first Donegal win
The Boyle cousins from Lettermacarard became the first all-Donegal success in the Donegal International Rally over the weekend since 1973.

The Boyle cousins from Lettermacarard became the first all-Donegal success in the Donegal International Rally over the weekend since 1973.

Driver Declan and co-driver Brian were the popular winners of Ireland’s only three-day rally after the duo finished some 34.8 seconds ahead of last year’s winner, Sam Moffett, in their Subaru WRC.

Moffett, from Monaghan, was driving the Ford Fiesta WRC alongside James O’Reilly.

It’s the first all-Donegal victory since Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan in 1983 to win the event in the RS1800 Escort.

Declan follows in the footsteps of Letterkenny’s James Cullen, who won the event in his home county in 1991 and 1999. Dungloe native Bonner was the only Donegal man prior to that to take the top prize.

“This means everything; it’s a dream come true to win this rally,” Declan Boyle said last night.

“It was a very good rally. Donegal is the daddy of them all in the rallying calendar.

“I wanted to get this rally so much.”

Fermanagh’s Garry Jennings, who is assisted by Letterkenny native Rory Kennedy, was third overall in the Subaru WRC, some three minutes 17 seconds back.

The top five was completed by Derek McGarrity/James McKee in fourth and Josh Moffett/John Rowan came fifth.

Dungloe’s Martin O’Donnell and John M O’Donnell, who drive a Honda Civic, were 11th in international second. They were also delighted to win Class 1.

That was two places in front of another Donegal crew in the form of Alistair Glenn and Paul Gallagher in their Peugeot 206.

In the National Class, last year’s winners Gary McPhillips and Paul Sheridan in their Ford Escort Mk retained the crown they won in 2013.

That was just one place ahead of the Letterkenny double-act Conor Harvey and Gerard Callaghan in their Ford Escort, who were one minute and 17 seconds adrift.

Donegal Motor Club chairman Brian Brogan, who was assisted by Damien McGettigan in the Ford Escort Mk2 came fourth in the same class.

Another Donegal crew was fifth - Damien Gallagher an Mac Walsh, who drive the Ford Escort.

Other local class winners were Barry McGill and Derek Heena in the Ford Escort Mk2 in Class 9, while Dermot McGroary and Evin Henderson in the Talbot Sunbeam topped Class 10.

Paul Creamer and Patrick Durning, who drive a Honda Civic, were the best in Class 11F and Class 12 was won by James McDermott and Paul McDermott, who were behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Chevette.

Class 16 was won by Kieron Graffin and Paddy Robinson in their Mitsubishi Evo10

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INTERNATIONAL

1 2 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle Subaru WRC 2:21:56.4

2 1 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly Ford Fiesta WRC 0:34.8

3 3 Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy Subaru WRC 2:43.1

4 6 Derek McGarrity/James McKee Subaru WRC 1:27.3

5 10 Josh Moffett/John Rowan Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 4:48.4

7 28 Aaron McHale/Paul McGee Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 2:04.8

8 83 Callum Devine/Liam McLaughlin 3:38.7

9 109 Richard Tanahill/Aileen Kelly Peugeot 208 0:36.6

10 41 Brian O’Keefe/Sean Hayde Subaru Impreza 1:23.3

NATIONAL TOP FIVE

1 14 Gary McPhillips/Paul Sheridan Ford Escort Mk2 2:30:06.4

2 32 Conor Harvey/Gerard Callaghan Ford Escort 14 1:17.8

3 19 Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan Ford Escort 14 0:09.8

4 22 Brian Brogan/Damien McGettigan Ford Escort Mk2 1:36.0

5 20 Damien Gallagher/Mac Walsh Ford Escort 14 1:36.8

6 18 Wesley Patterson/Johnny Baird Ford Escort 14 0:34.6

7 160 Richard Moffett/Martin Connolly Toyota Starlet 0:11.2

8 165 Vivian Hamill/Stephen Thornton Ford Escort RS 2:20.4

9 45 John McQuaid/Seamus O’Connor Ford Escort Mk2 1:33.7

10 31 Jim McKenna/Thomas Treanor Ford Escort 0:48.8