Rally legend Maurice will be greatly missed

The late Maurice Nagle (right) with his wife Angela, their son Paul and Cathy Healy, celebrating Paul’s Rally Argentina win in 2015. It was a proud night for Maurice as Paul was honoured by Killarney and District Motor Club at the ceremonial start of the International Rally of the Lakes.
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

HE was known and will be remembered as a motor rally legend and his passing on Monday, following a very brief illness, has caused great upset not only in Killarney but throughout Irish rallying circles where he was a household name and a hugely popular personality.

Maurice Nagle, who lived in Aghadoe, was a passionate rally man who was one of the great forces in the Killarney and District Motor Club and he will be remembered as the prince of navigators who drove with the best and was second to none when it came to pace notes.

A national-level co-driver, he painstakingly built a stunning Ford Cortina with which he competed in the Historic rally and the weekend before last he drove his beloved Moll’s Gap stage one last time when he took it on board to ensure roads were safely closed for the annual rally stages.

A snapshot of rally legend Maurice shared on social media by the Killarney and District Motor Club

Maurice was really proud of the achievements of his two sons, Paul and Alan with the former, a champion navigator, making his name as co-driver with Kris Meeke in the World Rally Championship over the past decade.

In a statement, Killarney and District Motor Club described the late Maurice as a true a rally supporter and legend who will be sadly missed by all.

“On behalf of KDMC we would like to offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family at this time,” the club added.

Gifted with his hands and blessed with a very mechanical mind, in recent years Maurice was employed as a bus driver and, over the years, he worked with a number of local companies, including Pretty Polly, John Deere and Kerry Tool Hire.

Maurice is survived by his wife, Angela (nee McCarthy), sons Paul and Alan and he was the much-loved grand-dad of Zoey, Emma and Fitz-Maurice. Very sadly missed and dearly loved by his family, daughters-in-law Cathy and Eileen, sisters Maura and Siobhán, brother-in-law Noel Murphy, niece, nephews, other relatives and many great friends.

Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Wednesday evening from 4.00pm to 6.30pm, removal will take place afterwards to the Church of Christ, Prince of Peace, Fossa, Killarney. Requiem Mass will be on Thursday at 11.00am with burial afterwards in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney.

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