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Motormouth’s Mutterings – We Are Off To Circuit Déjà Vu This Weekend

Do you remember that Easter buzz and all those great moments from an ill spent youth? The trip to Killarney and the Sunday Run through the Kerry Mountains? The classic stages like Molls Gap, Borlin, Tim Healey Pass, Killmakilloge, Ballaghbeama and Caragh Lake? The parties in the Great Southern Hotel?

Well Beatty Crawford and Plum Tyndall have organised an event to relive those carefree days on Circuit Déjà Vu when they recreate much of the old magic in the Kingdom of Kerry over this coming Easter weekend (26-28 March 2016).

“Relive the friendships, the cars, the stages, and the craic next Easter in Killarney at the Malton Hotel, (the Great Southern in the days of the Circuit). Join former drivers and team members, organisers and anyone who was a fan of the old Circuit format. Two days of fantastic memories and much more.”

Easter Saturday 26th March 2016
15.00 – 17.00 Registration & welcome glass of sparkling wine.
19.30 Welcome Dinner, star driver Interviews and an Irish cabaret.

Easter Sunday 27th March 2016
10.00 – 17.00 The Sunday Run.
19.30 Gala Dinner, star driver Interviews and dancing to 60s music

Easter Monday 28th March 2016
10.30 Farewell coffee morning.

First Mondello, now Molls Gap! Dad in his Merc SL.
First Mondello, now Molls Gap! Dad in his Merc SL., in the form of myself and my Dad Jack, will take part in what looks like a fun event and will head to Killarney on Saturday morning, arriving in time for lunch and possible the glass (or two) of sparkling wine mentioned above. Heading to Killarney pretty much directly from E Fox Engineers’  Classic Cars and Coffee event, our mount will be the trusty,  but gas guzzling, Mercedes 350SL. Not exactly the type of machine that you would have seen on a Circuit Of Ireland entry list back in the day, but still retro enough to tick the box and comfortable enough to get us to Killarney with the minimum of pandemonium, as my mother used to say. (Not without irony, that, as she was a great woman for a bout of panic at times!) With Plum Tyndall as one of the organisers, fun is pretty much guaranteed- as is the banter and craic on both of the nights. Having worked on a few events with Plum and his RPM-Motorsport crew, and even taken part in the Scally Rally with Barry Rabbitt alongside in our “Thirst Aid” Ambulance a few years, I learned enough to have already cleared the Monday and Tuesday following the event to recover! You can keep up with our  progress on Twitter HERE as we trace some of the most famous Rally stages in the country. I have already packed a GoPro too so hopefully we can capture some footage during the event to go with my blog afterwards!

“In the heyday of the Circuit, just about everyone in Ireland who had an interest in motorsport and many who didn’t, migrated to Killarney at Easter. The North virtually emptied. Killarney was where it all happened.” Dr Beatty Crawford- Organiser.

The Sunday run is the main part of the event, well certainly in terms of driving (!) with the route as follows:

Molls Gap,


Kilgarvin, at the Kenmare end of the village,



The Healy Pass, south to north,



Blackwater Bridge,

Blackwater Tavern

Ballaghbeama Gap,


Caragh Lake,



Below is a list of all participants (not competitors!!) and as you can see, it is a pretty illustrious listing and includes many former COI winners and many other legendary personalities too. The six Circuit winners will who will be honouring the Déjà Vu event  have collectively clocked up no less than 23 wins in the Circuit of Ireland Rally’s long history!

Adam John Mervyn Elder Ballymoney 1979 Ford Escort
Allen Peter Val Fulton Dromara 2004 MG TF
Anderson Ian Deidre Belfast
Birell Graham Yetta Edinburgh BMW Alpina
Blair Bill Nesta Doagh 1957 Austin Healey 3000
Boyd Brian Derek N’abbey 1991 Lancia Delta Integrale
Boyd Adrian Caryl Love Belfast Renault Alpine A110
Boyle Martin Margaret Ballymoney 1964 Ford Anglia
Brookes Russell Julia England 1987 RAC Andrews Heat for Hire Lotus Sunbeam
Brophy Brian Briege Galway
Brosnan Brendan Kerry 1971 Ford Escort
Brown Harry Raymond McKee Hillsborough Hillman Avenger
Brown John Joanna Worcester
Buckley Martin TBA Cloyne 1983 Lancia Integrale
Buckley Gordon Ruth Buckley Newtownards 1972 Ford Escort Mk 1
Buckley Mike Mary Killarney Porsche 911 3.0 RS Chequered Flag
Burke Tommy
Callanan Maria Tom Callanan Dublin 1954 TR2
Campbell Sabrina Cork Audi
Cassidy Jack Mary Coleraine
Caulfield Pat Glenn Caufield Wexford 1984 Ex-Per Eklund Gp.A Toyota Carolla
Chester Michael Dublin 1982 Mercedes Benz
Clarke Tom Wicklow 1275 Mini Cooper S
Coleman Billy Carmel Millstreet
Colton Ed Dublin
Condon Nicholas  Maureen O’Driscoll Levy Kinsale Audi RS6
Conway John Anne-Marie Cookstown
Corkill Ian Roz IOM 1967 Austin Cooper S
Coulter Andrew Armagh 2001 Mini Cooper
Crabtree Geoffrey Kent 1966 Porsche 911
Crawford Esler Mary, Johnny Gleeson Whitehead
Crawford Beatty Heather Hillsborough
Cullen Des Angela Dublin 2010 Mercedes 250
Cullen Brian Eleanor Killaloe 2005  Porsche Boxster S
Curley Cahal Margaret Derry
Daly Bernard Heather Farnanes Ford Escort Mk1 RS 1600 2.0 litre BDA.
Damerell Darren Paula Lowestoft Mini Cooper
Davidson Anne Evan Bellaghy
Devlin Noel Deirdre Dublin  Mini Cooper S
Devlin Norman George Hamill Cookstown Discovery Sport
Dixon Mark London
Doherty James Miriam Adare 1971 MG Midget
Dougherty Peter Jennifer Wichita USA Hire
Duggan Brian Healy Pass Subaru Legacy RS
Dunnion Mike Eileen Portmarnock 1979 Vauxhall Chevette HSR
Eagleson Jackson Patricia Dunboyne 2010 Mazda
Eakin Maurice Vanessa Craigavon MGA
Entwistle Steve Suzanne UK 1275 Mini Cooper S – 33 EJB
Falvey Todd Mary Killarney
Falvey Robert Susan Killarney
Falvey Mark Geraldine O’Shea Killarney Escort RS1600 Mev. 36 J
Falvey Connor Catherine Killarney 1978 Porsche 911 3.0 RS Monte Rep.
Farrell Dennis Oberstown, Meath
Fay Pat Navan
Feeney Mike Mary Galway Mazda MX5
Fennell Frank Kay Dublin Volvo Amazon
Ferriter Noel Brian O’Connell Ballincollig 1974 Ford Escort Mk 1 RS 2000
Finlay Richard Evelyn Belfast Porsche Panamerican
Fitzgerald Power Melanie Tony Power Dublin 2007 BMW
Fitzgerald-Smith Ken Vivien Dublin
Frazer Austin Doreen Enniskillen
Gillespie Drexel Maurice Beckett Templepatrick 1973 Ford Escort Mk I FFZ 12
Graham Margaret Kieran Ballymena 2001 Vauxhall Astra
Graham Moira William Ballymena 2001 Rover
Greasley Mike Sue London
Greenan Joey Downpatrick BMW Alpina HI 1555
Grieve Donald Penny Belfast
Grindrod Ian Kath UK
Harden Derek Stephen Potts Wiltshire 2008 Porsche
Harryman Terry Barbara Nelson Bangor
Hennessy Andy Peter Murphy Dublin 1965 Hillman Imp- Ex Rosemary Smyth ’65,’66
Hickey Kevin Matthew Twomey Millstreet 1978 Ford Stw 200 r
Hogg Richard Melissa Limavady 1969 Escort Mk1 1300 GT
Hopkirk Paddy UK Mini Cooper
Irwin Dawn Enfield
Johnson Andy Heather Killinchey 1979 Vauxhall HS YEB 624 T
Johnston Mervyn Michelle Magherafelt 1979 Works Chevette HSR
Jordan James Paul McGrath Oceanside, California 1975 Porsche 911
Kearney Gus Marine
Kearney Pat
Kearney Michelle
Kearney Andrew Audrey
Kearney Gus Breda Clonmel 1987 Peugeot 205 Gti (Class winner)
Kelleher John Eileen Kelleher Mallow 1977 Ford Escort Mexico “3453 PI”
Kelly Donal John Kelly Ballyshannon Mini 1275 GT
Kernaghan Brian Mirela and Leah Spain
Laracy Pat Sue Kilkenny Opel Ascona 400  Rothmans Opel Team
Leahy John Irma Kirsteine London 1987 Lancia Delta HF
Lillywhite David London
Llewellin David Richard Wales
Lyster Peter Ken Shields Australia
Malcolm Maurice Maura Keenan Doagh 1963 Austin Healey 3000
Mathieson Ross Heather Ballymena 1963 Mini “AMT 251A”
McAnallan Kieran Armagh
Mc Dermott John Eleanor and Ellen Monaghan 1979 Ford RS 2000
Mc Gurn Paraic Patsy Keenan Ballyshannon MINI GT
McCarthy Martin Ross Dun Laoghaire 1968 Alfa Romeo “201 EZA”
McCluney Paul Eunice and Ian Jordanstown 1980 Reliant Scimitar GTC
McElduff Mark Caterham Nissan GTR
McGarrity Gerry Elizabeth Irvinestown Honda
McGrath Martin Anita Lennon Hillsborough Sunbeam Tiger
McGuigan Eamonn Paddy Donnelly, Paul Mallon Draperstown 2005 Audi
McIlroy Trevor Roisin Belfast 1959 Sebring Sprite
McIlwee Phonsie Eileen Milford, Donegal
McNally Chris Betty Malahide 1982 Lancia Montecarlo
McQuillan Donal Kevin O’Kane & Peter McGill 2005 Audi
McRae Jimmy Margaret Scotland
McWilliam Des Sue Crosshaven 1934 Morgan F4 Trike
McWilliam Tom Southampton 1990 Peugeot 205 Mi16
Millar Leslie Portstewart 1956 Austin-Healy 3000
Mills Stephen Billy Coleman Sydney, Australia 1974 Ford Escort “MEV 36J”
Morgan Ronan Ann Dubai, UAE
Mulholland Johnnie John Mulholland Randalstown Porsche Carrera RS
Mulholland Adrian Terence Dillon Bellaghy MK 1 Escort RS 1600
Nagle Denis Cork
Nagle Maurice Angela Killarney 1965 Mark 1 Lotus Cortina
Nagle Paul Killarney Ford RS 2000
Neill Malcolm Irene Reading Ford Ka
Nelson Brian Maxine Hillsborough
Noble Barney Downpatrick 1960 Ford 107e CAS 618
Nulty Leo Jack Nulty Naas 1978 Mercedes 350 SL
O’Brien James Cork Jaguar XK 120
O’Callaghan Donal Lissarda 1970 Alpine Renault (ex-works)
O’Callaghan Daragh Lissarda 1973 1300cc Mini Innocenti
O’Callaghan Shane Lissarda 1973 Porsche 911
O’Callaghan Liam TBA Kanturk 1971 VW Beetle CZT 666
O’Callaghan Trevor Pat O’Leary Mayfield, Cork 2000 Subura Impreza
O’Connell Niall Kildimo
O’Donoghue Frank Audrey Dublin
O’Kane John Mary Wichita USA Hire
O’Neill Michael James Snowden Bristol 1964 Triumph 2000  “BJB 341B”
O’Neill Ken Milltown
O’Neill Dessie ‘Penti’ Milltown Vauxhall Chevette
O’Sullivan Dan Mick Lonican London
Patterson Frederick Angela Dungannon
Patterson Sam Janine Ballynahinch
Peel Edmund London
Phelan Paul Dublin
Porter Nicky Wendy Durham 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC
Preston Rodney Kenny Sorenson Belfast 1971 Escort RS 1600
Quinn Gerard Eilish Macroom Ford Focus ST
Radley Jonathan John Dungarvan 1973 Renault Alpine ZV 5079
Reilly Martin Clea van Der Grijn Sligo 1972 2002 BMW
Robinson Elkin Christine Dungannon 1964 Mini Cooper S
Rowan Paddy Mary Cushendall Skoda Fabia
Russell Simon Lancia Integrale
Scanlon Frank Denise Tramore 1952 Triumph TR2
Seeds David Karen Hillsborough 1961 MG Midget “621 RVK”
Seeds Roy Val Hants 1974 MG Midget Mk4
Sheehy Mark Felicity Sheehy Ardfert Fiat 131
Sheehy Mike Joan Shhehy Ardfert 1969 Fiat 124 Coupe
Sherry Graeme David Tait Glasgow 1982 COI winning Chevette HSR
Shields Ken Peter Lyster Belfast Porsche 911
Short Philip Lyn Yorkshire 2012 Audi R8 V10 Coupe
Smith Rosemary Mark Dixon Dublin Hillman Imp
Smyth Derek Anne Londonderry 1969 Mini
Spence Duncan Amy McKee Sark Aston Martin DB9
Thurston John Linda London Jaguar XJ8
Timoney John Dunboyne Ford RS 2000
Treacy Martin Elwyn Chivers Donegal Triumph TR7 V8
Treacy PJ Dublin
Treacy Sean Mo Lisburn
Tuthill Francis Veronica Banbury Saab
Tyndall Alan Lynn Hillsborough
Ward Con Sean Moynihan Kildimo Mini Cooper S
Ward Fred Barbara Ward Portadown Retro 1973 Toyota Celica GT
Williams Barry Leigh Mini
Williamson Conn Liz Glenavy 1971 BMW 2002 tii
Wilson David Christina Glengormley 1979 Ford Escort
Wilson James Hillary Armagh 1972 Hillman Avenger
Wylie Mike Mary Wakefield 2013 Toyota Landcruiser
Wylie David Luke London BMW2002 Ti Ex-Warmbold
Yeates David Dunboyne
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