ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR MONAGHAN STAGES RALLY

8 April 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Pictured above at the recent launch of the 2011 Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan Stages Rally which takes place on Sunday 17th April are from L. to R. Michael Carbin with his class 10 Peugeot, centered are Ronnie Hawe with No. 1 seed Niall Maguire and his Subaru Impreza WRC. Representing event sponsors the Hillgrove Hotel is Deirdre Treanor with Dessie Kennan and Maurice Moffett in the background along with Maurice’s son’s David and Richard who will all be out to entertain the anticipated large crowds.
 Regarded as one of the biggest annual sporting events in the county, this year’s event is bigger and better than ever with a truly magnificent entry list of no fewer than 8 WRC specification cars, 14 group N entries along with a host of powerful two wheel drive cars including what is possibly the top 6 best escort drivers in the country at the present time. Many months of preparation have gone into this event, which is estimated to be worth in the region of €5 million to the local economy with large crowds expected throughout Monaghan town and the mid-Monaghan region over the course of the weekend.
 Niall Maguire and Enda Sherry will lead off the 140 strong entry from the start ramp at the Hillgrove Hotel at approximately 9.10am followed by Tim McNulty at 2 and Kevin Barrett at 3 all in WRC Impreza’s. Adrian McElvaney is seeded at 6 in his Impreza while Colm Murphy leads the group N challenge at no. 8 with Seamus Leonard at 9 and Cork man Liam McCarthy at 10. Corcaghan/Tydavnet man Gary McPhillips will head the strong class 14 escort men at 11 followed by the Scanbitz escort of Daniel McKenna with current border champions Declan Boyle at 13 and Ballyjamesduff’s Rodney Wilton at 14 to name but a few. With the event based around the mid-Monaghan areas of Ballinode, Smithboro, Killeevan, Greenans Cross, Threemilehouse, Corcaghan and Aghabog no stone has been left unturned by CoC Conor Maguire and his team with an enjoyable and highly entertaining day guaranteed for the large crowds of spectators expected to descend on Monaghan over the weekend.

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