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Navigation Season comes to a close.
The 2022-23 Navigation Trial season came to a close last weekend with the
Donegal Motor Club’s event. The stand alone event based out of Inver
Community Centre attracted an impressive entry of 36, despite not counting as a
round of the Squealing Pig Monaghan Border Navigation Championship or the
National Navigation Championship. Clerk of the Course Bernard Gallagher
assisted by Declan McBrearty laid out a 65 mile route from Inver to Lough Eske
The new Monaghan pairing of James McCabe/Oisín Sherlock were seeded No.1
in their Subaru and lead the field away at 21:15. From the start in Inver, it was a
short trip over the road to Control A and the start ramp at the Milltown Bar and
Filling Station. From the start ramp it was a brief blast over the ‘old’ road and
just as you turned for to come out on the ‘new’ road it was turn square left and
drop down to the yellow L16252 and Time Point 1 via a grass and bramble
covered track.TP2 a Caldry was where the first plot and bash section of the
night was handed out. Competitors received no less than 5 Herring Bone Tulip
diagrams for to bring them from TP2 to TP3, 4, 5 and finally to the pre plotted
Despite the sheer number of junctions and the relatively short distance between
each one, most crews got to TP3 at the start of a grey lane at Drumaneary with
no issues. Car 2 on the road, Shane Dalton/Ryan Treanor were not one of these
crews however as the interface for their tripmeter decided to play up making
their herringbone diagram useless. They would end up missing TP3 and arrived
to TP4 instead. TP4 was located on a yellow road between the approach road to
TP3 and the end of the grey lane after departing TP3. TP5 was located just off
the main road at Drumgorman Barr crossroads, where the former railway also
crossed the road. From here it was down to the Pier and along the coast up past
Jacks Quay to the control at Reefpark in Mountcharles.
From this point on, the rest of the navigation took place north of the N56. After
departing TP7 just off the N56 to the east of St Peters lough, it was practically
the first half of SS2/4/6 of the 2021 Harvest stages Rally only in reverse as
competitors travelled to TP11.
Following a relaxed section on the western edge of Lough Eske it was up into
the mountain for a mammoth section through Banagher Hill. The ITC section
began after this mountain pass and it brought the event down to Letterbarra for
the hidden check car at Drumrone before heading back north again to TP19 at
the edge of the Blue Stack’s at Meenaguse Lough.
A short loop around Meenaguse brought crews into Control C beside
Letterbarrow Football Club. More P&B was on the cards here as navigators
were issued with three pages of box tulip diagrams for to take them through TPs
21 and 22 and into the pre plotted Control E. Drivers had to turn right at the
football club and travel a long grey farm lane before arriving back on the public
road and arriving at Tp21 at Lettermare bridge. From TP21 it was turn left and
head to Drumrone crossroads, where any overshoot would lead to a 30 double
visit penalty at the ITC checkpoint. After turning right at the crossroads, it was
down past The Stables Motorsport Centre before turning left and reaching TP22
at the end of a grey lane at Drumkeelan.
Control E was just on the other side of the hill and here the last P&B of the
night was handed out. The P&B received was a lot more straight forward than
the ones handed out earlier due to this one being a standard grid reference plot
for to reveal the location to TP25. TP25 was located at the end of a grey lane at
Drumduff. The entrance to this lane was very well disguised due to it not being
in everyday use and this caused a lot of competitors to drop time as they
debated where the lane actually was.
Only the two final controls remined after this, with Control F being on a grey
lane after passing under the old railway bridge at Cranny and Control G back at
the Milltown Bar and Filling Station which had to be approached using a private
grey lane behind the pub.
Unfortunately for the COC, the first P&B section was scrapped on a technicality
saving many crews blushes after numerous crews had dropped time and made
errors in this section.
In the end the Beginner team of David Kelly/Gerald Hughes emerged victorious
after a tiebreaker win over the Semi-Expert crew of Darragh Kelly/Eamonn
Doherty. Kelly/Hughes won the event on the Beginner beats Novice beats Semi,
beats Expert rule after both crews completed the event without making any
mistakes and finished on 0 marks. 3 rd overall to 8 th overall were all down just
one mark, with five of the of them six crews dropping their minute penalty at
In the classes, Eoin Quinn/Patrick Masterson got the win in the Beginner class
after a further cleanest tiebreak win over Caolan Gaffney/Neil McHugh as both
finished on 1 mark. Quinn/Masterson’s minute dropped came at TP25 while
Gaffney/McHugh’s minute dropped came at TP22. 3 rd in class went to Shane
Laverty/Gareth Kelly. Martin and Gretchen Swinburne finished 10 th in class
after having a tricky start to the event. Team McGorman switched seats for this
event, with Ciaran making his debut in the passenger seat. Aaron and Ciaran
finished 12 th in class.
Damien and Keith Sheridan won the Novice class, finishing on 4 marks and just
1 less than 2 nd in class Aidan McDevitt/Aidan Sweeney who finished on 5
marks. 3 rd in class went to Shane and Ciaran Maguire who finished on 101
Kelly/Doherty were 1 st Semi-Expert. 2 nd in the class went to Emmet
Sherry/Ciaran Geaney, while 3 rd in class went to Andrew Mackarel and Ciaran
Coyle. Aidan Keenan/Sean Marron were 4 th in class, Damien Treanor/Danny
McKenna finished 5 th in class and Eoghan Corr drove Ruaidhri Nash to 7 th in
1 st Expert went to Dalton/Treanor in their 1990cc Impreza, with Conor
Harvey/Kevin Gallagher and McCabe/Sherlock finishing 2 nd in class.
COC Bernard Gallagher and the winning crew of Kelly/Hughes thanked all who
helped get the event back up and running in Donegal after a hiatus of six years.
They also thanked all the residents along the route, the event sponsors and the
entrants for all their support.
1 st David Kelly/Gerald Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 0marks,
2 nd Darragh Kelly/Eamonn Doherty (Subaru Impreza) 0m,
3 rd Eoin Quinn/Patrick Masterson (Subaru Legacy) 1m,
4 th Caolan Gaffney/Neil McHugh (Subaru)1m,
5 th Emmet Sherry/Ciaran Geaney (Toyota Starlet) 1m,
6 th Shane Dalton/Ryan Treanor (Subaru Impreza) 1m,
7 th Conor Harvey/Kevin Gallagher (Subaru Impreza) 1m,
7 th James McCabe/Oisín Sherlock (Subaru Impreza) 1m,
9 th Andrew Mackarel/Ciaran Coyle (Subaru Impreza) 2m,
10 th Aidan Keenan/Sean Marron (Subaru Impreza) 3m.
Squealing Pig Monaghan Border Navigation Championship
The Squealing Pig Monaghan Border Navigation Championship prizegiving
takes place this Friday night at 9pm in the Squealing Pig. All Welcome.
In this year’s championship, we had a tiebreaker for the overall award.
Michael and Ciaran Tynan emerged victorious on the four round championship.
Both themselves and Michaels son Martin Tynan with David McCrudden
navigating finished on 52 points, but Tynan/Tynan had the upper hand as they
had two overall wins to their name. Their first came on the opening round, the
Monaghan Drumlin Navigation and then on round three in Cavan. 3 rd overall
went to Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes who finished on 47 points.
In the classes, Shane Dalton and Oisín Sherlock were 1st Expert, with Darragh
Kelly and Ryan Treanor finishing 2 nd . 3 rd in the class went to Michael Carbin
and Conor Mohan.
In the Semi-Expert class, Darragh Kelly and Patrick Corcoran were victorious,
with Aidan Keenan and Eamonn Doherty finishing 2 nd . 3 rd in the class went to
Matt Hume and Sean Marron.
In the Novice class, Declan Tynan and Molly Maguire finished 1 st , 2 nd went to
Shane Maguire (Ballinode) and Ciaran Maguire. 3 rd Novice went to Shane
Maguire (Stranooden) and Aaron McElroy. Martin and Gretchen Swinburne
finished 4 th in class with Ciaran McGorman and Ryan Farrell finishing 5 th . 6 th in
the class went to Damien Hagan and Anthony McDonald.
Elsewhere, Eamonn Kelly and Conor Mohan are in action in Croatia this
weekend for to take part in the Quattro River Rally Karlovac. The pair will be
using this event as practice for the next round of the World Rally
Championship, Rally Croatia which takes place from April 20 th to 23 rd .
PRO: Oisín Sherlock firstname.lastname@example.org