This is the place to be on Friday night May 3rd in Killarney

The celebrations get underway on Friday evening with the traditional ceremonial start in the Fairfield Car Park in the town (behind the Courthouse).

This will give fans their first opportunity to meet the 150 contestants and see the cars for the first time. Each competitor will go over the start ramp at the College St exit of the car park, led by the Ford Fiesta R5 of Craig Breen and local co-driver Paul Nagle.

Each competitor will be interviewed on the ramp by former RTE broadcasting legend and rally enthusiast Michael Lyster, to the backdrop of traditional music, led by local star Liam O’Connor.


Members of the Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club will display some of their classic machinery and several rally cars of historical importance will also be on static display.

It will also be the public’s first opportunity meet event ambassador, Hollywood A-lister and local man Michael Fassbender.

“This is a huge family occasion,” said clerk of the course Dermot Healy “Come down, see the cars and meet the stars.”

Activity in Fair Hill Car park will start around 5:30pm and will run until around 8pm when the action shifts to the Scott’s Gardens auditorium in the same area.

Here, Lyster and other well-known motoring and motorsport broadcasters will interview some of the top drivers contesting this year’s rally ambassador and driver Michael Fassbender.

This event is also free and open to the public but is likely to fill fast so early arrival is advised.

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The 1971 Curcuit of Ireland Rally field lined up in the Fairfield Car Park