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Vintage car rally in Mayo this weekend


Anto Heneghan from Breaffy, Castlebar (on left) pictured with Victor Riley at a recent vintage car rally in Portlaoise. They are standing with Anto’s 1933 Riley 9 Special which will be car number 23 in this year’s vintage rally from Breaffy to Achill. Victor is a son of William Riley, the manufacturer of the Riley cars. 

Edwin McGreal

A car commissioned by the man behind the ill-fated Titanic will be among the 120 plus cars in a vintage car rally in Mayo this weekend.
The Connacht Veteran and Vintage Motor Club will host their 35th annual main rally this weekend based from Breaffy Woods Hotel.
Among the many vintage cars in the rally is a 1910 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, a car which was commissioned by Lord Pirrie, of shipbuilders Harland and Wolff, who persuaded businessman Bruce Ismay to back the building of the Titanic.
Ironically, the car has far outlived ‘the unsinkable ship’.
On Saturday, the rally will go on a 90 mile run to Achill. The rally will leave Breaffy for Newport and Mulranny, turning left in Mulranny to drive along the scenic route to Currane before crossing onto Achill Island.
From Achill Sound they will turn left onto the Atlantic Drive and at 1pm they will stop for lunch and refreshments at Ted’s bar and restaurant in Cashel in the centre of the island where the cars will be parked and on view for anyone interested.
Following lunch, the rally will depart for a leisurely tour of the island and drive back to Ted’s afterwards. From there they will return to Breaffy.
On Saturday night in Breaffy Woods Hotel, the club will host their Gala Dinner Dance.
There is also a shorter run planned for Sunday morning, leaving Breaffy Woods at 11am. They will travel from the hotel to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, at Turlough Park.
Registration will take place in Breaffy Woods on the Friday evening. The rally follows on from a show the club hosted in Breaffy on Easter Monday.
For more details see or check out the club’s Facebook page, Connacht Veteran & Vintage Motor Club.