Event update 10 March 2020 

 Press release update 10 March 2020 click here for PDF file

Update 10.03.2020
Following consultation with Coillte and the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Limerick Motor Club are unable to reschedule the Limerick Forest Rally on the proposed date of 19th April 2020. This is due to wildlife protection. Having exhausted all avenues to date, we have been unable to find a viable solution.

However, we will continue working on finding a solution to give our valued competitors a chance to compete on our fantastic stages despite the substantial financial loss incurred by the club. Competitors will be refunded their entry fees as soon as possible.

Once again, Limerick Motor Club would like to thank competitors, marshals, stage commanders, timekeepers, officials, stage set up crews, rescue crews, our sponsors,
media, support crews and the community of Abbeyfeale and surrounding areas.
Alan Noonan
Press Officer
Limerick Forest Rally 2020


Press release regarding postponement 

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11:30am 1st Mar 2020 Final Instruction : 5

With great regret the Limerick Forestry Stages have been postponed for safety reasons due to heavy snow in the early hours of this morning on the stages.
A provisional date for the event to be postponed to is the 18th – 19th April 2020 subject to confirmation from Motorsport Ireland.
Competitors will be informed accordingly. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours in motorsport,
Anthony Nestor, Clerk of the course 0872517501


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Statement regarding the use of trackers on the Keltec Engineering Limerick Forest Rally 2020 in association with T Junction Cars Ltd. Issued 20 Feb 2020

Regarding the use of trackers on our event, competitors (guardians of J1000 competitors) with completed entry forms by 5pm on 19/2/2020 were contacted seeking their views. Those NOT in favour of using trackers won by 5 votes. Limerick Motor Club has considered the views of competitors and therefore, trackers will not be used on the event. As a result of this and the decision to remove the Benevolent Fund contribution, entry fees have now been revised as follows:

Main Field: €653
J1000: €428

Revised Fees based on full entry fee, not discounted early fee.


Please use this below for regulations and entry form

Regulations and Entry Form

Published on website 18:00 11 February 2020

Entry is also available on Shannon Sports IT EVO Online Entry

On the day of the event results will be available at this link




On Sunday March 1st, some of Ireland’s leading rally crews will descend on the mid-west for the Keltec Engineering Limerick Forest Rally. Organised and promoted by Limerick Motor Club, we are delighted to announce Kilmallock based Keltec Engineering as title sponsor for 2020. Keltec Engineering have shown their faith in the rally once again following their associate sponsorship of last year’s event. Managing director Thomas Sheedy is no stranger to motorsport as he competes in the Irish Hillclimb & Sprint Championship. We also welcome our new associate sponsor T Junction Cars of Newcastle West who have come on board. Owner and clerk of the course for this rally, Anthony Nestor, has recognised the benefits of sponsoring such an event. The HQ for the loose surface rally weekend event will be in Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale. 

Limerick Forest Rally counts as round 2 of the Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship, Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship and the newly formed Motorsport Ireland Junior Rally Series, all of which will ensure a high quality entry from Ireland and further afield. We would like to acknowledge the roles of Ita Doonan, Ray Fitzpatrick and their Irish Forest Rally Championship team for their co-operation with Limerick Motor Club over the past number of years. As a new era for the championship begins, we look forward to working with Deirdre Burke and Paul Casey.

Clerk of the course, Anthony Nestor, has laid on a compact route of three exceptionally smooth stages with each stage to be tackled twice totalling 66km in a 3-1-2 format. Anthony would like to thank Coillte, Abbeyfeale Community Council and Kostal for their support of this event. Speaking on behalf of Abbeyfeale Community Council, chairperson Maurice O’Connell said “Abbeyfeale Community Council are delighted to welcome this year’s Limerick Motor Club Forest Rally to Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick. We wish the organisers and participants every success in this exciting event and welcome all supporters and visitors from throughout the Country and abroad to our beautiful and friendly town and community. Wishing everyone involved a safe and exciting weekend”.

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Keith Power & Mark O'Sullivan, winners of the Limerick Forest Rally 2019. Photo by Alan Noonan.

Following the success of last year’s ‘Golden Ticket’ draw for marshals, we are delighted to announce that €1,500 has been ring fenced for all marshals, timekeepers and stage commanders that give assistance to Limerick Motor Club during the event. This incentive is to reward the sacrifice that these volunteers make to our events week in week out, in all weather conditions throughout the country. This incentive is kindly sponsored by the competitors. Each volunteer will be given a golden ticket with the draw taking place after the event. Up for grabs are five prizes of a half day tuition at a professional rally school.

Spectators are, as always, welcome to the rally and in return we ask you to arrive early, stand in spectator areas, obey and respect the marshals, only park in suitable areas, leave only your footprint and always KEEP THE RACE IN IT’S PLACE. Programmes containing stage maps, itinerary, entry list, etc. will be available from local shops in the days leading up to the rally. 

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  Cathan McCourt & Barry McNulty, winners of the 2019 Irish Forest Rally Championship. Photo by Alan Noonan.

For more information visit and keep an eye on social media for the latest updates. Limerick Motor Club would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable weekend and we look forward to welcoming you all to west Limerick on Sunday March 1st.


Alan Noonan

Press Officer

Limerick Forest Rally 2020