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3 new title sponsors for International Rally of the Lakes

Killarney and District Motor Club are delighted to announce new sponsors for the 2022 International Rally of the Lakes.

The rally will have 3 title sponsors for the 2022 edition of the event, with Rentokil Initial and Motor Group becoming sponsors of the event for the first time while The Gleneagle Hotel and Apartments and Ordnance Survey Ireland continue their dedicated support to the rally.

The 2022 International Rally of the Lakes will comprise of 15 stages in a mix of classic Killarney stages as well as multiple brand new stages which will be sure to challenge the most experienced crews in the country.

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O Mahoney, Managing Director of Rentokil Initial said “I am thrilled to now also be associated with the Rally of the Lakes, especially, given that the Rentokil Initial brand is already indelibly embedded in the Killarney Historic Rally. It’s further example of how a global brand can act locally!”

It is also the first time Aherns Motor Group have come on board as associate sponsors to the Rally of the Lakes. Paul Ahern, Head of business with Motor Group, said “Aherns Motor Group are proud to sponsor the Rally of the lakes which has always been the top international Rally in Ireland with the best stages in Europe the ultimate challenge for any Rally crew. It is great to see the rally back after a tough two years for the country and everyone, so hopefully it will bring a bit of joy back for the crews and fans and give a good boost to the local economy in Kerry.We are a local company based in Castleisland and are grateful for the support our customers have given us over the years and we have been involved in the Rally for many years as competitors, stage sponsors and program sponsors so it is great to now support the event as official sponsors as all the brands we represent including SEAT and Mazda have a rich history in motorsport and BMW and Opel have also won previous Rally of the Lakes and many of our customers get great enjoyment from the event also huge thanks has to go to the motor club for getting the Lakes back on the road and I’m sure they will make this years Rally one of the best yet.”

Patrick O Donoghue, Owner of The Gleneagle Hotel said “After a two year hiatus due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are delighted to welcome the rally back to the Gleneagle and the town of Killarney. It has been a challenging number of years for everybody and the May Bank Holiday Weekend was not the same without the Rally of the Lakes being ran in the town. Darren and his team are busy planning the event and I would like to wish them all the best as event begins to take shape”

2022 will mark a special year for the event, as the first second generation Clerk of the Course takes charge of the event. Darren McCormick, whos father Gary McCormick previously took charge of the event said “After 2 years with no rallying due to the Covid pandemic, It is fantastic to be able to welcome our new sponsors Rentokil Initial and Aherns Motor Group on board along with our long term sponsors The Gleneagle Hotel and Ordnance Survey Ireland as Sponsors of the 2022 International Rally of the Lakes. Plans are well underway for this year’s event where we have decided to choose a compact route with stages in close proximity to Killarney, taking in some of the most challenging classic stages along with adding new stages over the 2 day event with centralized service each day.

Killarney and District Motor Club Chairman Dan Keane added “I am very grateful to Darren and his hardworking team for their hard work so far in what is shaping up to be a fantastic event. I would also like to thank Rentokil Initial, Motor Group, The Gleneagle Hotel and OSI who, in extremely challenging times, have generously sponsored the event. I look forward to welcoming everyone back to Killarney on the May Bank Holiday.

Image from Cian Don: “Craig Breen and Killarney’s Paul Nagle on the road to victory at the 2019 Rally of the Lakes, the last running of the event before a 2 year hiatus due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.”

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