Rally drivers rev up to raise money for Marymount at former dump site

RALLY cars will reach speeds of up to 140km/h on a challenging circuit of a city’s former dump later this month.

Up to 5,000 spectators are expected to attend the 2010 Cork City Rallysprint on the city’s former Kinsale Road landfill site on May 30 – the first public event on the amenity site.

It is being held in memory of motorsport fan and Cork Motor Club member Darren Swanton, from Grange, who died last year of cancer, aged just 30. The club, which is organising the event with Cork City Council and Bishopstown Lions Club, hopes the event will help raise thousands for Marymount Hospice, who cared for Darren in his final days.

Darren’s mother, Mary, and his brother Graham attended the rally launch at the civic amenity site.

“It just shows how much Darren was liked and what kind of club the Cork Motor Club is – it is like a close-knit family. Johnny Ryan and Finian Twomey have put a huge amount of work into this,” Graham said.

Darren joined Cork Motor Club in 1998 and competed in and marshalled on many events.

Lord Mayor Cllr Dara Murphy said he viewed it as part of the transition of the landfill to a major amenity.

Event manager, Finian Toomey, said one stretch will allow drivers hit speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and he promised an exciting spectacle.

“As well as raising money for Marymount, I hope the event will provide a major tourism and economic boost for the local economy,” Mr Twomey said.

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