Cronin Brothers First and Second

Four times British Rally champion Keith Cronin, from Ballylickey in West Cork, headed a family 1-2 in yesterday’s Rathkeale House Hotel Circuit of Munster Rally, leading from start to finish as he beat his younger brother by almost two minutes over the nine stages.

Keith, with regular co-driver Mikie Galvin, used the day to get more accustomed to his new Hyundai before the next cross-channel round as he mounts his defence of last year’s British series, while Daniel and his co-driver J J Cremin in their Fiesta were more than half a minute ahead of third placed Ed Synan and Tom Collins in an Impreza.

Entries are Open
Entries Secretary: Ger Healy Castleroberts, Adare, Co.Limerick.
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30 May 2018 The time & distance schedule for the 2018 Rathkeale House Hotel Circuit of Munster Stages Rally is available on request by sending an email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seeded Entry List issued Friday 25 May 2018. Entries are still open.

1 Keith Cronin/Mikey Galvin (Hyundai i20 R5) [5]
2 Daniel Cronin/JJ Cremin (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
3 ED O'Callaghan/Raymond Scott (Ford Escort Mk 2) [14]
4 Vivian Hamill/Andrew Greenan (Ford Escort Mk 2) [14]
5 Paddy McVeigh/Gary McElhinney (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [7]
6 Padraig Egan/Brian Hassett (Subaru Impreza WRX) [20]
7 ED Synan/Tom Collins (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [7]
8 John O Donnell/Aidan Friel (Ford Escort Mk 2) [13]
9 PJ McDermott/Niall Burns (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [7]
10 Cathan McCourt/Barry McNulty (Citreon DS3 R5) [5]
11 Keith Lyons/Sean Hegarty (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
12 Gary Cooney/Damian Fleming (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [1]
14 Mike Quinn/Tony Healy (Ford Escort Mk 2) [14]
15 Colin Byrne/Eric Calnan (Ford Escort Mk 2) [14]
16 Tommy Cahill/Enda O'Leary (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
17 Sean Moran/Jonathan Keane (Ford Escort Mk 2) [13]
18 Ken Lyons/Paddy McDonnell (Ford Escort Mk 2) [14]
19 Eamon Daly/Brian Doherty (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
20 Stephen Bawn/Chris O'Donnell (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
21 Tim Enright/Stephen Buckley (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
22 Derek Butler/Aaron O'Regan (Honda SIR Vtec) [11F]
23 Michael Boyle/Mac Kierans (Honda Civic) [11F]
24 Darren Young/PA Lawlor (Honda Civic) [11F]
25 Frank Sweeney/Jane Cogan (Peugeot 205 RWD) [13]
26 Gary Reidy/Paul Kelly (Ford Escort) [13]
27 Aidan Walsh/Tommy O'Connor (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
28 John Danaher/Martin Mulcahy (Ford Escort) [14]
29 Colin O'Donoghue/Dylan Donoghue (Honda Civic) [16]
30 JR McDaid/Keith Curley (Ford Escort RS) [13]
31 Pat Kelly/Jonathan Kelly (Subaru Impreza N11) [20]
32 Bryan Carrig/Mike O'Flaherty (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
33 Paul Fitzgerald/Pierce Jnr. Doheny (Ford Escort Mk2) [11R]
34 Kenneth Ryan/Garry Carroll (Ford Escort) [11R]
35 Jason Costello/Megan Costello (Ford Escort) [11R]
36 Kevin Horgan/Liam Fouhy (Skoda Fabia R2) [2]
37 Ger O'Brien/John Liston (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
38 Fergal Kelly/Tim Maher (Ford Escort G4) [13]
39 William Kenneally/Finbarr Fogarty (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
40 Garry Kelly/Mark Hurley (Honda Civic) [1]
41 Ger Lyons/Steve O'Brien (Honda Civic) [11F]
42 Declan Hall/Chrissy Corr (Toyota Corolla Twincam) [11R]
43 Liam Mulcaire/Jimmy Kiely (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
44 Denis Dineen/Donal Dineen (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
45 Pat Ryan/Jack Dalton (Ford Escort Mk2) [9]
46 Ronan Denning/Karl Egan (Citreon C2 R2) [2]
47 Sean Enright/Kevin Doherty (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
48 Thomas Doody/Kevin Enright (Honda Civic) [11F]
49 Eddie Kennelly/Timmy Murphy (Ford Escort) [11R]
50 Mikey Walsh/Ger Ryan (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
51 Maurice Meskell/Steve Meskell (Ford Escort) [12]
52 Desmond Roche/Mairead Duane (Honda Civic) [1]
53 Conor Sherry/Ger Leech (Peugeot 205 RWD) [13]
54 Shay Laheen/Kerrill Dempsey (Ford Escort Mk2) [9]
55 DJ Browne/Denny Greaney (Citroen C2 R2) [2]
56 Billy Riordan/John Kilmartin (Honda Civic) [16]
57 Conor Murphy/TBA (Honda Civic) [16]
58 Hazel O'Callaghan/TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
59 Shane Griffin/Ian Madigan (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
60 Jacob Lennon/TBA (Honda Civic EG6) [11F]
61 Michael Cunniffe/Barry Talt (Peugeot 106 GTi) [16]
62 Darren Cremin/Liam Dennehy (Honda Civic 1.6VTI) [11F]
63 Gerard O'Shea/Mary O'Shea (Peugeot 306 S16) [3]
64 Patrick Murphy/Mikey Walsh (Honda SIR Vtec) [16]
65 Derek Flynn/Killian Cronin (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
66 Anthony Breen/Jill White (Subaru Impreza) [15]
67 Todd Falvey/Iarla McCarthy (Ford Escort RS1800) [19]
68 James Kissane/Tim Kissane (Ford Escort Mk2) [11R]
69 Liam Fitzgibbon/June Fitzgibbon (Nissan Micra Kit Car) [9]
70 Gordon Dreaper/Derek Bovenizer (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
71 Erik Honan/Damien Browne (Honda Civic) [11F]
72 David O'Flaherty/Shane Conway (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
73 Maurice Browne/James Browne (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
74 David Dee/Rita Dee (Austin Mini Cooper S) [9]
75 Denis Nagle/Timmy Kelly (Nissan Micra) [16]
76 Thomas Murphy/Tommy Downes (Honda Civic) [16]
77 Jason Farrell/Christopher O'Callaghan Co. Kerry (Honda Civic) [16]
78 Bryan Meade/Niall Lenihan (Honda Civic) [16]
79 Grainne Caplis/Tommy Cuddihy (Opel Corsa) [9]
80 Denis Dowling/James Treanor (Ford Escort RS1800) [19]
81 Micheal Rodgers/Aiden Connolly (Honda Civic Type R) [3]
82 Colin Philpott/Declan Casey (Suzuki Swift GTI) [9]
83 Ian Horgan/Patrick Brislane (Vauxhall Nova) [16]
84 Pat O'Connell/Stephen Casey (Peugeot 205) [9]
85 Cathal Nolan/David Murphy (Honda Civic) [16]
86 Kieran Reen/Andrew Cronin (Honda Civic) [16]
87 Brendan Behan/Lisa Stack (Honda Civic) [11F]
88 Cathal Keane/Tommy Foley (Honda Civic) [16]
89 Nigel Roche/Gavin J Downey (Honda Civic) [16]
90 Brian McCarthy/Martin O'Brien (Citroen C2 R2 MAX) [2]

 With Killarney International now done and dusted and the Circuit of Munster ONLY 4 weeks away, Entries are steadily coming in to the Entries Secretary Ger Healy

If you are thinking of doing the rally, Can you please send in your entries to Ger or through at your earliest convenience please,

The organising committee will be wanting to compile the entry list for the program and will be wanting to have everybody seeded in the correct order,

Also remember that the Club Credit Card Machine is also available if you want to pay by card

Eamonn Barrett
Limerick Motor Club Secretary 11:53 8 May 2018

2018 Rathkeale House Hotel Circuit of Munster Stages Rally launch
Clerk of Course Shane O’Callaghan and his hard working team hosted the launch for the 2018 Rathkeale House Hotel Circuit of Munster stages Rally in the Rathkeale House Hotel Wednesday, 2 May 2018. There was a  display of rally cars, old & new with guest speakers on the night. 
2018 CoM Launch 

The 2018 Rathkeale House Hotel Circuit of Munster Stages Rally in association with Lyons of Limerick is go!

Limerick Motor Club and the 2018 Rathkeale House Hotel Circuit of Munster Stages Rally committee, with new Clerk of the Course, Shane O’Callaghan are delighted to announce that they will return to the West Limerick town of Rathkeale (which is only 20 miles off the M7 motorway) where the annual Circuit of Munster stages Rally takes place on Sunday the 3rd of June, 2018 (June Bank holiday Weekend).
For the last 2 years, Rathkeale and its surrounding hinterlands have been hugely supportive to the Circuit of Munster Stages Rally and Limerick Motor Club would like to take this opportunity to thank all their sponsors, associated businesses in Rathkeale and the surrounding area, the local residents, Rathkeale House Hotel, which is again rally HQ, Rathkeale Town business committee, the Garda Siochana and Limerick County Council for their unprecedented and continued support & we wish that this collaboration will continue for 2018.
With entries opening very soon, rally organisers, under the stewardship of, new Clerk of the Course for 2018, Shane O’Callagahan have plans at a very advanced stage for this years rally. Even before, rally regs have been released, leading competitors from around the country & overseas have contacted rally officials in relation to accommodation for the first weekend of June. We will be publishing a Rally Guide in due course with all details very soon.
This year's Circuit of Munster Stages Rally will challenge competitors as they weave their way along the dramatic scenery of the hills and valleys on perfect tarmac in the West Limerick lanes, located to the West of towns of Rathkeale and Newcastlewest. 3 fantastic stages covering the maximum allowed of 120km, with low road mileage, on some of the best driving roads from start to finish. It promises to be spectaclar and be an exciting race fueled weekend for competitors and spectators alike and is a must for all the family.
We wish to thank our hosts and rally HQ, Rathkeale House Hotel, who have come on board again as main sponsor for the event and will host rally HQ from 1st to 4th of June. We would also like to thank our associate sponsors, Lyons of Limerick and of course our many stage sponsors without whom their deep pockets, we would not be able to organised & promote our flagship event.
The 2018 Circuit of Munster (Limerick) is Round 3 of the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship of which we are expecting a big entry come June Bank Holiday weekend in Limerick county.
With a compressed and compact loop of 3 stages done 3 times, giving a total of 120km on 9 brillant stages, the competing crews can look forward to the superb West Limerick tarmac in a mixture of fast open roads with many tight twisty technical sections, in perfect quantities which will challenge even the most experienced drivers and navigators.
If you enjoy the challenge which comes from special stage rallying & you are up for the experience, which is the Circuit of Munster Stages Rally, we look forward to welcoming you all to Rathkeale on the June Bank Holiday! We promise a great weekend’s rallying, which is competitor friendly and a party on Sunday night!

And you don’t have to be home for work on Monday morning. Limerick is the place to be on June Bank holiday for high revs, high octane & full of action.
Keith McCarthy 2018 Circuit of Munster PRO 14 April 2018


Press Release 11 April 2018

Well folks ,now that we have a very successful forest rally under our belts let's concentrate on the 3rd of June. That means 50 DAYS to Circuit of Munster June Bank Holiday Weekend.
The format will be the same as last year, three stages run three times in West Limerick, with central service in Newcastlewest.
Rathkeale House Hotel are once again our Headquarters  for the weekend with scrutiny, parc feirme and trailer park close by. This year we are a counting round of the Top Part West Coast Championship so let's all get on board and run a good clubman rally, something Limerick Motor Club is noted for.
Shane O’Callaghan
Clerk of Course Circuit of Munster 2018.