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Old 05-07-2006, 15:03   #1
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Talking We Got In (WRC) Rally Ireland

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For Immediate release 5th July 2006

Ireland wins place in World Rally Championship

The World Rally Championship (WRC) is coming to Ireland for the first time ever with the announcement today in Paris that Rally Ireland has successfully secured a place in the WRC calendar from the 2007/2008 season.

The first Rally Ireland WRC will take place from November 18th-20th 2007 and is set to become the largest sporting initiative ever undertaken on the island of Ireland.

Max Mosley, president of motorsport’s world governing body the Féderation International de l’Automobile (FIA) was full of praise for the Irish event: “We are pleased to welcome Ireland to the FIA World Rally Championship. Your team worked hard in their bid and set very high standards. Rally Ireland will bring many new and unique features to the championship including being the first round to run competitive stages cross border.”

Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland and the Northern Ireland Events Company, Rally Ireland’s entry into the WRC has been the culmination of 18 months work by the team, and their sponsors.

Speaking of the success, Minister of Arts, Sport & Tourism, John O’Donoghue TD said: “This is a wonderful success for Irish motorsport and Irish sport in general and all the more so as it is a cross-border initiative. The WRC has an annual TV viewership of more than 800 million, so the images of Ireland shown abroad will be of great benefit to the tourism industry.”

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt. Hon. Peter Hain MP was similarly delighted with the impact that the WRC will make: ‘As a motorsport fan, I am delighted with this decision made by Max Mosley and the FIA. Having seen at close hand the impact that Rally Ireland has made to date, I am excited by what hosting a full WRC round will be able to contribute to the economy and the development of social cohesion.”

Research commissioned by Rally Ireland in 2006 found that the WRC could be worth more than EUR 46 million each year, generated from spend by spectators, as well as the international media coverage from the event.

The WRC is run on all types of surfaces - snow, gravel, tarmac and ice. The season has 16 rounds and begins with the historic Monte Carlo rally. The championship visits countries as diverse as Argentina, New Zealand, Japan and Sweden. The current world champion is Frenchman Sebastien Loeb who drives a Citroen Xsara. The WRC has one of the fastest growing TV audiences, with an annual viewership of more than 800 million in almost 200 countries.


Rally Ireland was founded by Ronan Morgan and Seán O’Connor, who have almost 35 years WRC experience between them. Dubliner Ronan Morgan, a former championship-winning co-driver rallied for more than 20 years, and was the event Director of Wales Rally GB before starting the Irish bid. Wicklow-based Seán O’Connor has worked since 1991 in the World Championship as a sponsorship and marketing consultant and has managed a number of top International drivers.



Italian Gigi Galli at Rally Italia WRC
Hi res version of photograph available at:

http://www.rallyireland.org/media/images/156

ENDS

Issued on behalf of Rally Ireland by Heneghan PR

For reference:
Nigel Heneghan/ Colleen Kenny
Heneghan PR
Tel: +353 1 660 7395

Gavin McAllister
Rally Ireland
Tel: +353 1 2937180
M: +353 87 4199482


Editors Notes:

Rally Ireland is a joint initiative of Fáilte Ireland and the Northern Ireland Events Company (NIEC) and is supported by both the Irish and British governments.

The World Rally Championship is one of the world’s most popular spectator sports, attracting live audiences of more than 11 million spectators over 16 rounds, and has a current (and growing) annual TV viewership of more than 802 million.

Research conducted by Rally Ireland found that the annual value of hosting a WRC round would be EUR46 million / £31.6 million.

Rally Ireland 2006 is one of six candidate countries seeking a place in the WRC 2007/2008 calendar. The other countries are Norway, Jordan, South Africa, Portugal and Poland.
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Nice one. Was only talking to young Mr Harryman yesterday and I mentioned you. Didn't know that KPL was one of your sponsors!
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Fantastic News Tarmac event close to home at last

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Old 06-07-2006, 12:32   #4
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Nice one. Was only talking to young Mr Harryman yesterday and I mentioned you. Didn't know that KPL was one of your sponsors!
Sorry dude wrong person, Think Kevin sponsors a man called Raymond Mcloughlin from up around Londonderry direction.. Tho if he wants to put some sponsorship my way i'll take it
I'm good freinds kevins navi from last year Francie Regan.
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Nah, it's me that's muddling them up and not him. Memory like a sieve, me.
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Excellent stuff

Might just have to go and speccy on this one
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Old 06-07-2006, 13:07   #7
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**** me that will be sum very fast rallying, will be there speccying on that one!!!!!

I can just imagine what the irish tarmac boys are thinking ........



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Great news alright! Better book a hotel now!!!
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Great news alright! Better book a hotel now!!!
sure we will be to busy building the roads for it
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If ever there is going to be a wrc round where the local boys might give the full timers a run for there money then this has got to be it.

Is it to be full tarmac i know they had looked at gravel and or a 50/50 split?

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No probs NWS

It is to be all tarmac.
The 1st year this ran in 05 it was Tarmac on saturday and gravel on the sunday. (this was the best!maybe thats just me as i rather have gravel ) This year it was all tarmac.
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