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Written on 22nd February 2017 by TJ Hegarty



Ballyvourney was the place to be last Saturday evening for the Launch of the 2017 Munster Car Club’s Forestry event the Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally. 

The event was launched by local Minister with responsibility for Agriculture and the Marine Cllr.Michael Creed, the minister added in his speech the importance of Coillte who upkeep and provide the fantastic course for which the rally runs. Opening proceedings Club Chairman Colman Hegarty welcomed the large crowd on behalf of the club and thanked everyone for attending. 

Michael Creedon local M.C.C addressed the gathering and welcomed the financial contribution the Rally brings to the area each year and he stated that he hoped to see the Moonraker in the area for a long time to come. Next up was Aindreas Moynihan T.D again another public figure to endorse the Event and the Munster Car clubs efforts in organising same. 
Neil Phelan of Acesigns Cork L.T.D Associate sponsor thanked the committee and the club members of the Moonraker Forestry Rally and wished the organising team led by C.O.C Ger Seaman all the very best for the event. 

Next to speak was Michael Creedon of the Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney who gave a brief outline of his role within the sponsorship of the rally and he congratulated the team on the hard work put in again this year to get the Rally up and going. Last to speak was the man at the helm for the first time, C.O.C Gerard Seaman he opened by welcoming everyone and thanked them for taking the time to come along on a Saturday night. He went on to thank his team and stated that the event is now ready to be finalised and is good to go. He made special mention of all the volunteers that come out to marshal the event as well as stage commanders, officials, time keepers and anybody else who helps make this fantastic event the real jewel in the crown of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship as well as being a counting Round of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship. He urged the gathering to support the Sponsors in anyway they could and thanked them for their financial assistance. 

Mr Seaman went on to add that this year a team from the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship were coming to Ballyvourney to observe the event for a possible inclusion in said Championship. 

He concluded that entries were open and included that R.5 Front runners such as Marty McCormack co-driven by County Cork native David Moynihan will be starting in Ballyvourney as will Brendan Comiskey to name but a few, included also are a number of the newly Formulated J1000 category drivers who can drive the forest tracks from the age of 16, in this year’s line up we also have the Forestry stalwarts from the 2WD Category so all in all very exciting times ahead for the Munster car Club and the Moonraker Forestry Rally. 
Entry forms and regulations are available to download from the website.

The Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney Moonraker Forestry Rally, Round 2 of the 2017 Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, Round 2 of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship and also a counting round of the Munster Car Club Championship.

Don't forget to get those entries in and remember the Date: Saturday 8th April 2017 Location: Headquarters in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Co.Cork

Yours in Motorsport,

Carol O'Keeffe
The Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally
Munster Car Club Ltd





On behalf of the Munster Car Club we cordially invite you all to the Launch of the Abbey Hotel, Moonraker Forestry Rally on Saturday 18th February 2017 at 8pm in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Co.Cork.

The Moonraker Rally with its main sponsor , The Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney is the third round of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship 2017.

The rally, based in Ballyvourney once again, will take place on Saturday 8th April 2017 and full details of the event will be provided on the night of the Launch.

Regulations will be available on the clubs website at

Further details may be obtained from the following:

Gerard Seaman, Clerk of the Course on (087) 2204650
Paul Browne, Assistant Clerk of the Course on (087) 2689318

Yours in Motorsport,
Carol O'Keeffe
Moonraker Forestry Rally 2017
Munster Car Club Ltd.


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