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Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally 2014

Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally Launch

Message from Clerk of the Course,
Kieran Donohue.

I know that all of you will be aware that the prolonged heavy rain, winds and high tides are causing very serious issues for those living in coastal areas and inland alike. Many farms, homes and access roads have become flooded and damage and hardship is significant for those affected. The community along parts of the route of next Saturday’s stages of the Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally has been particularly badly affected.

Having consulted with residents and local authorities, a decision has been made to shorten both stages of the rally to be run on Saturday.

However, Stage 2, which was to have run twice, will now run three times as part of a revised time schedule for the day.

For the benefit of competitors and spectators alike I attach a map showing the amended route and also the revised time schedule. These details replace those previously issued, and also those appearing in the official Rally Programme. For the benefit of spectators, I have also indicated certain access roads that have become impassable. The information indicated was accurate at the time of issue, but is subject to change, such is the nature of these severe conditions.

I would appeal to spectators travelling to the Saturday stages to plan their journeys to arrive early. With the limited access, vantage points will be crowded and traffic congestion inevitable. The club has arranged for additional marshalling on access roads to assist spectators and to keep traffic moving. Patience will be required! I would ask you to please obey marshals, they have a very difficult job to do.

I am very grateful for the support of the residents and the elected representatives of Gort and it’s locality for their forbearance and support. I would ask competitors and spectators alike to respect the their unfortunate situation.

Happily, all of the Sunday Stages are currently planned to run in full and in accordance with the printed schedules in the Official Rally Programme.

Kieran Donohue.
Clerk of the Course.
Wednesday 5th February 2014

Amended route for Saturday 8th February 2014
Due to severe flooding in the area, the route has had to be amended. Both stages have been shortened in consultation with local residents. SS1 will not be run and cars will proceed from Parc Ferme to service. SS2, 3, 4, & 5 will be run with the addition of Stages 5A and 5B.



Updated Time and Distance Schedules

Saturday // Sunday

Click on the maps to enlarge.

Please use these maps and not the ones provided in the rally programme

Galway Rally SS1 3 5 5B Update

Galway Rally SS2 4 5A Update

Two Maps + Schedule Updated


1st Round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship

2nd Round of the Irish Tarmac Historic Rally Championship

Event Info

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Click here to download the updated Saturday stages maps which were revised due to the flooding

  • Rally HQ Clayton Hotel
  • Service in same secure location both days (Gort Mart)
  • 5 stages Saturday
  • 8 stages Sunday
  • Super Rally / “Rally 2″ regulations apply allowing competitors to restart the event following a retirement. (see regulations)

  • 13 Special Stages (5 Saturday, 8 Sunday)
  • 195kms Competitive Mileage
  • Entry Fee: €695
  • Centralised Service both day
  • 10 Special Stages (5 Saturday, 5 Sunday)
  • 156kms Competitive Mileage
  • Entry Fee: €545
  • Centralised Service both days
  • 6 Special Stages (First 6 Stages Sunday)
  • 83kms Competitive Mileage
  • Entry Fee: €295
  • January 20th 2014: Entries Close,
  • January 24th January 2014: Rally Launch Clayton 8 o’clock
  • February 1st & 2nd 2014: Recce Sign on,
  • February 6th & 7th 2014: Alternative recce Sign on,
  • February 7th 2014: Documentation & Mechanical Scrutiny,
  • February 8th 2014: Rally Starts,
  • February 9th 2014 Rally Finishes,

Clayton Hotel Galway

fe0d3aea63c5d02873efcd363a577db6The Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally 2014 rally headquarters is the Clayton Hotel. The Clayton Hotel Galway boasts luxury accommodation in a brilliant location, close to Galway City, Galway Airport and all major routes. The hotel is ideally situated for both weekend getaways and business events. With 195 superbly appointed rooms, featuring an exclusive executive floor, junior and presidential suites,  Clayton Hotel has so much to offer visitors to Galway.


Oranmore Lodge Hotel
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The Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Conference and Leisure Centre Galway is a prime location just off the M6 approach to Galway less than 60 minutes from Shannon and only 2 Hours from Dublin via the new M6… (exit 19). offers ease of access from all destinations, located only 7kms from Galway city and of course this years Rally headquarters.

The Hotel offers luxury accommodation with 70 standard and executive rooms, 6 meeting rooms, FREE WIFI throughout the hotel and the luxury of a fully equipped leisure centre and gymnasium available to help you relax and enjoy your stay.

Serving the very best of Irish food whether you dine in our cosy bar or Hunt Room Restaurant, the hotel provides the service and professionalism you would expect from a 4 Star Hotel where guests have enjoyed the very best of Irish hospitality for over 150 years.


Maldron Hotel Galway

ind_hotel_maldron_logo.1024xautoThis years Honda Challenge sponsors the Maldron Hotel Galway is one of the best-known Galway hotels, it has over 15 years experience in delighting guests and exceeding their expectations.


Lady Gregory Hotel

Ennis Road,
Gort. Co.Galway.
Tel + 353(0) 91 632333
Web: www.ladygregoryhotel.ie Email: info@ladygregoryhotel.ie

Sullivans Royal Hotel

The Square.
Gort, Co Galway.
Tel : +353(0) 91 631401
Email: sullivanshotel@eircom.net

Ireland West Tourism

Forster Street
Tel: + 353 (0) 91 537700 Email: info@irelandwest.ie



Click here to download the updated Saturday stages maps which were revised due to the flooding

Amended route for Saturday 8th February 2014

Due to severe flooding in the area, the route has had to be amended.  Both stages have been shortened in consultation with local residents.  SS1 will not be run and cars will proceed from Parc Ferme to service.  SS2, 3, 4, & 5 will be run with the addition of Stages 5A and 5B.

Here is a list of the Rally Programme outlets:

Corrib Oil Loughrea.
McCormack Topaz Loughrea.
Monaghans Tuam Road, Galway.
Esso Ballybrit (beside Tony Burke Motors)
Sweeney Oil Oranmore.
Maldron Hotel Oranmore.
Mor Oil Centra, Oranmore.
Kearys Station, Derrydonnell
Topaz Craughwell.
Dolans Esso, Ballinasloe
Colm Quinn BMW, Tuam Road, Galway.
Colm Quinn BMW, Athlone.
Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway.
Gillanes, Cloon.
News & Choose in Gort.
Corrib Oil, Gort.
Topaz Labane.
Topaz Kilcolgan.

Amended route for Saturday 8th February 2014

Due to severe flooding in the area, the route has had to be amended. Both stages have been shortened in consultation with local residents. SS1 will not be run and cars will proceed from Parc Ferme to service. SS2, 3, 4, & 5 will be run with the addition of Stages 5A and 5B.


Colm Quinn BMW Rally Guide Regulations 2014
Colm Quinn BMW Rally Entry Form 2014


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The 2014 Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally chosen charity is Domestic Violence Response (Website, Facebook, Twitter)

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Apr 15th 7:39am • No Comments

Today the hillclimb family said goodbye too Ian Quinn, a true friend , a true sportsman, a great person who always made time for his friends and family no matter what .. Now Ian you will race The Green Mini Busa 301 amongst the clouds with all the other hero's that have been taken from us way too soon .
Thinking of his family and friends at this sad time .
Rest In Peace Ian , a true gentleman , you will be sadly missed ..
House will be open tomorrow from 2pm and prayers at 8pm, hearse will leave the house at 1pm on Wednesday for the church in Inistioge at 1.30pm and back for burial in Thomastown straight after.

Apr 14th 8:03pm • 2 Comments

Preparations are well under way for Rounds Two & Three of the “Naylor Engineering National Hillclimb & Sprint Championship 2014” which takes place on Saturday April 26th. and Sunday April 27th. among the fabulous Burren Landscape of Ballyvaughan, in North County Clare.
This year’s 12 round Championship takes place over seven weekends taking in some of the most scenic parts of Clare, Galway, Wexford, Limerick, Wicklow and Donegal and the events bring a much needed boost to the local economy with demand for accommodation, food and entertainment.

The Clare Motor Club have teamed up with the Galway Motor Club to co - promote the Hillclimb Weekend which is based in Ballyvaughan. The Clare Club will run the famous Corkscrew Hill on Saturday under clerk of the course Dermot Kelleher. The 1.51km very smooth hill which consists of challenging hairpins and fast sweeping bends will pose a challenging test for all competitors in the various classes.

Sunday sees the Galway Motor Club returning to the famous Ballyallaban Hill which unfortunately has to be shortened this year from its usual 2.2 miles to 1.4 miles due to the road condition. Starting above the entrance to Ballyallaban House, the hill is extremely fast with a number of long straights interspersed with tight bends. One of the advantages of the shorter hill is that it guarantees drivers extra mileage for their money. Aiden Connolly from Ballyvaughan is stepping up to the mark this year as Clerk of the Course for the Galway Motor Club run event.
This will give competitors a great opportunity to compete on two of the best and most challenging hills in the Hillclimb Championship Series.
“Team PR Reilly Ennis” and Clare Coast Hotels have stepped in as main sponsors for the weekend event.
Andy Nevin of Team PR Reilly who supply car parts and accessories and who have just opened a brand new outlet in Ennis said that he was delighted to be associated with the ever popular Hillclimb Weekend.
Alan Logue of “The Clare Coast Hotels” and “Logue’s Lodge”, Ballyvaughan are also very happy to be associated with the Hillclimb Weekend and will have a special weekend menu available each night over the weekend including prizegiving, video footage of each day’s action and music till late.
The Clare and Galway Motor Clubs are very grateful to both Andy and Alan for their generous sponsorship.

All the championship contenders will attend including current Hillclimb champion Simon McKinley who dominated last years championship in both his Lant Single Seater and his famous white Escort.
Simon who was fastest in last years Corkscrew Hill will be looking for a repeat performance in this years Championship.

Event secretary for the Clare / Galway event is Aisling Grimes and Aisling can be contacted on 087-6102860 between 6.00pm and 9.00pm.
Entry fee is 230 euro for both day's or 125 euro for a single day with drivers getting a practice run followed by three timed runs.

Entry forms are now available to download from both club websites - www.claremotorclub.com. or www.galwaymotorclub.ie
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Hillclimb regulations available on previous post and Irishhillclimb.com, rally.ie & Clare Motor Club Facebook and website

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Hillclimb Regulations

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1986 Galway International Rally Bertie Fisher in his Opel Manta 400


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Marcus Grönholm & Timo Rautiainen on their way to win the 2007 Galway International Rally

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