See the action and excitement of international racing come to life at the Donegal Rally. The annual race is a favourite with both locals and international enthusiasts who have been captivated by the drivers and cars who compete tirelessly over a three day stretch.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Donegal Rally has been taking place since 1972 and has grown to become the largest sporting event in the county. Each year the rally attracts some 25,000 spectators who come to catch the race and explore Donegal's other popular points of interest.
History of the Donegal Rally
One of the oldest rally competitions in Ireland, the Donegal International Rally has earned a reputation for its challenging course and to this day remains a highlight in the racing calendar. Spanning three electrifying days of action, local and international racers brave the winding roads and Irish terrain for a chance at the prestigious title.
Famous past winners include Cahal Curley, the rally's first ever winner in 1972, as well as Mark Lovell in 1988 and Gareth McHale in 2009. The youngest ever female participant, Toni Kelly, competed in 2006 - she was just 17 for the race and still a fifth-year student at a local Letterkenny school.
Visiting the Donegal Rally
Beginning and ending in Letterkenny, guests at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, are well situated to catch all the action when the race rolls around each year in June. In the weeks leading up to the Donegal Rally a special spectator's map is published by race organisers to help visitors find the best places to see the action along the route.
Ideal for hosting private functions in Letterkenny in the days and weeks leading up to the electrifying Donegal Rally, this Letterkenny hotel offers modern amenities and comfortable surroundings so guests can enjoy the race and other exciting events taking place in Donegal.