Rally ace Maurice remembered by pals

Johnny Hickey, Fintan Foley, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, Paul Nagle, Diarmuid Cronin, Chairman, Michael O’Mahoney, sponsror, and Darren McCormick, clerk of the course, with the Maurice Nagle memorial cup at the launch.
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

THE memory of a Killarney motor sport legend, who devoted so much of his time to rallying and to the Killarney and District Motor Club, will be honoured at the forthcoming Killarney Historic Rally of which he was the founder member.

The late Maurice Nagle

The late, great Maurice Nagle, who passed away last December, was one of the leading lights in the sport locally and he is remembered as one the greatest workers in the club.

In 1996, a few years after the Rally of the Lakes switched from its early December date to the May bank holiday slot, Maurice, from Aghadoe, identified a gap in the rally calendar and set about organising the first Killarney Historic Rally.

Noreen Marshall, Michael O’Mahoney and Angela Nagle with the Maurice Nagle memorial cup, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin and Darren McCormick, clerk of the course, with, standing from left, Pat Healy, Johnny Hickey, Martin Farrell, Norma Lucey, Diarmuid Lynch, Mike Marshall, Diarmuid Cronin, Bob Moran, Denis McCarthy and Dan Keane.
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

The event – the only rally of its kind in Ireland – has grown in stature and it regularly attracts a capacity entry.

Shortly after Maurice’s passing, his friends, led by Dan Cashman, set about fundraising to arrange the Maurice Nagle perpetual trophy and it will be presented this year to overall winner of the Historic Rally which takes place on November 30.

The trophy was unveiled for the first-time at the rally launch when Dan and his group of supporters presented the silverware to the Nagle family at a special function in Charlie Foley’s Bar in Killarney.

Dan and his pals were delighted with their fundraising effort which raised over €3,500 in surplus funds and the extra cash was presented to the Cork-Kerry Health Link Bus.

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