By Brian McDaidIt’s got a bit like Kelly’s Corner down outside the front door of the Mt. Errigal Hotel come rally time these last few years.The Jim Kennedy Memorial Cup travels just a few yards across the road from its permanent residence in reception at TFS, which Manus Kelly is the owner of. Manus Kelly works away in his office, which overlooks where the finishing ramp is for the rally every year. Advertisement Last Friday morning, Kelly swapped his swivelling office chair for a Subaru seat for the weekend and seems to make all this winning look so easy.Manus Kelly in his native Glenswilly. Photo Brian McDaidThe Jim Kennedy Cup back in permanent residence at Manus Kelly’s office across the road from the MT. Errigal Hotel. Photo Brian McDaidOn Sunday evening Rory Kennedy made his way back to the finishing ramp minus a Subaru, he was on foot following his retirement while battling for the lead with his driver Gary Jennings. (They de-railed their challenge near Harleys of Trentagh on the Gartan stage.) Under Rory’s coat he carried his late father’s cup, The Jim Kennedy Memorial Cup to the side of the finishing ramp, ready for the presentation back to the winner for the third time, Donegal’s Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett.I often think about the late Jim Kennedy around rally time and others like him from Donegal that passed on that made the Donegal Rally the success it is.Rory Kennedy and Gary Jennings at the finish of the rally on Saturday evening pictured with Terence Diver. Photo Brian Mc DaidBack at the start when it was the old Ballyraine Hotel, Jim Kennedy was a competitor driving a Hillman Imp or a Hillman Hunter, with Fr. Willie Mc Menamin calling the notes. In them days it was Curley who was the name on everybody’s lips winning three in a row. Then it was Colman in the eighties who matched 3 in a row and now when Jim Kennedy has passed on its Kelly is the local name to rewrite motoring history which will be etched for the third time on the winners cup. Advertisement Gary Jennings and Rory Kennedy in action on Saturday stage in Carnhill. before their retirement in Trantagh. Photo Brian McDaidWhen Curley and Coleman scored hat-tricks in Donegal they were heroes on Sunday night at the finish ramp. and we gone on Monday. As a spectator and photographer of motorsport for years the three days of the Donegal is an escape from the routine of everyday life.You may be standing on the ditch at a rally, in body looking in to the rally cars, but in spirit you’re in the car looking out willing on your heroes over the rally weekend.Manus Kelly and Donall make it three in a row in Donegal at the rally. Photo Brian McDaidIt’s a bit different and hard to know what way to act when your hero turns out to be local and from your own town. Irish people have a culture of not knowing how to give or accept a compliment because they spent all of their life listening to everyone telling them what they were doing wrong.Local competitors on the Donegal Rally are as good as anyone that comes to compete in the rally in June. Even in the wet at the start this year the pace didn’t slow, Manus Kelly set the pace and Damien Tourish did like wise in the National at the start of the event and fans just love the pace of the event. Add to this the welcome and atmosphere for the weekend of the rally. I met marshals from all over Ireland who travelled to Donegal for weekend and wouldn’t miss it for the world. The organising committee of the motor club have produced another top class event.Some of the marshals that travelled from all over Ireland to help on the Donegal Rally at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaidFrom tents to turnstiles.A packed St Eunan’s GAA grounds which doubled as a camp site for the Donegal rally at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaidOn Monday evening this week driving out past the O’Donnell Park the training pitch was full of footballers going through their paces. A day before that the same area was full to capacity of tents for the Donegal International Rally. It reminded me of the old Letterkenny Folk Festival when it was in full swing. The Folk Festival drew massive crowds to Letterkenny.It wasn’t twin cams but was the rattle of Morris Dancers with their bells sticks rattling about Letterkenny. The town was buzzing from Thursday night to Sunday evening. Local Band Clannad from Gweedore came first in the Letterkenny Folk Festival back then before going on to sign their first record deal with Polydor records. The rest for Clannad is history.Clanad who won their first major music competition at the Letterkenny Folk Festival.At the weekend it wasn’t the bells of Morris Dancers making the noise in Letterkenny it was the manifolds and walk through exhaust systems of supped up road cars. While a lot in Letterkenny were giving out about them. St Eunan’s GAA club decided to capitalise on the massive foot fall arriving in Letterkenny for the weekend. This year the grounds of the O’Donnell Park were full to near capacity of motorsport spectators. Members of St. Eunans GAA club transform their ground into a perfectly organised and safe location for tourist to come to Co.Donegal.Members of St. Eunans GAA club came out in big numbers to organise and run a very professional camp site for the weekend of the rally. The site was manned around the clock had a shop and food available on site along with shower and toilet facilities. The club provided a much needed pop up rally village for the weekend that gave a new dimension to accommodation for a sporting event like the rally.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: Manus, the Motor Club and St. Eunans are the winners in Donegal was last modified: June 21st, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian McDaiddonegal international rallyManus KellySt Eunan’s GAA
Sri Lanka Cricket will lodge a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) against an “unacceptable” reprieve for England batsman Alex Hales in the third and final Test at Lord’s, SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala has said.’UNACCEPTABLE DECISION’Nuwan Pradeep clean bowled Hales, then on 58, in England’s second innings on Sunday but it was adjudged a no-ball by umpire Rod Tucker, even though replays suggested a fraction of the paceman’s shoe was behind the popping crease. (Also read: Lord’s Test – Alex Hales misses out on ton as fascinating finish looms)FLAG PROTESTHales capitalised on the reprieve to score 94 before he was finally dismissed but his reprieve prompted the visitors to briefly unfurl a Sri Lankan flag from the balcony in a perceived mark of protest.”The management on tour is very sad about that decision and it will be reported to the ICC,” Sumathipala, who termed it “unacceptable”, said.Coach Graham Ford, who complained to match referee Andy Pycroft after Sunday’s play, played down the unfurling of the flag by the team, who have already surrendered the three-Test series after crushing defeats in Leeds and Durham.’UNFURLED FLAG TO SHOW SOLIDARITY’The SLC chief, however, saw it differently.”The flag is a symbol,” Sumathipala said. “It is a mark to say we are not happy with the decision. (It was unfurled) To show solidarity and fight back.”Ford said Tucker had apologised for the mistake and the coach was of the view that front-foot no-ball calls should be taken out of the on-field umpire’s hand.advertisement”It just seems strange that with the technology that is available you can get a line call wrong,” Ford said.”You’d think the best solution would be for the umpires to worry about what’s going on down the other end and for technology to look after the line call.”ANDERSON REPRIMANDEDMeanwhile, England paceman James Anderson was reprimanded for “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” during the match, the ICC said in a statement.Anderson was guilty of showing disrespect to umpire S Ravi, who had asked the paceman not to verbally engage with Sri Lankan batsman Rangana Herath during the visitors’ first innings.Sri Lanka resume Monday’s final day on 32 for no loss, needing 330 more runs to salvage some pride in the series in which they have been thoroughly outplayed.