West Cork Rally Clonakilty Committee
Thank you for the opportunity to present you with our sponsorship proposal for the upcoming 2019 West Cork Rally. 2019 will mark the 41st running of the West Cork Rally. The Rally has been based out of the tourist town of Clonakilty since its first event in 1977 and has been always held on St Patrick’s Weekend.
The rally brainchild was born out of the then highly successful Festival of West Cork, which was also based in Clonakilty and was mainly run by local business people and volunteers. A subcommittee was setup from the festival committee to setup and finance a winter event or festival, hence the formation of the West Cork Rally.
The birth of the West Cork Rally corresponded with the awakening of the tourist potential of West Cork and has helped in no small way to the making the area into the holiday destination it is today.
The rally has been run by the Cork Motor Club since its inception and is recognised as been one of the best run and supported rallies in the British Isles. The rally boosts the largest overseas entry of any rally in the country, with a significant number of those being from Wales.
The rally is a 2-day event run over 14 stages incorporating some of the most spectacular stages on the Wild Atlantic Way.
In 2014 the rally was invited to become part of the prestigious Irish Tarmac Championship and quickly established itself as one of the favourite events on the rallying calendar for competitor and spectator alike.
It was the popularity and professionalism of the rally that brought it to the attention of the British Rally Championship organisers. They were looking to having a counting round in the Republic of Ireland and so invited the West Cork to be part of the 2019 Championship. It was the first time that a Republic of Ireland based rally has been part of the BRC, the Circuit of Ireland being the only other however that was based out of Belfast.
We have already had great support from our main sponsor Clonakilty Park Hotel, local businesses and the local Chamber of Commerce who have jointly set up a voucher initiative which has warmly received by the competitors and by traders who have signed up for it. It has indeed been copied by a number of other events.
We hope that you would consider coming on board as an associate sponsor for the 2019 event.
We look forward to discussing this further with you. Contact Andy Donoghue 087-2372347 to arrange a meeting.
Regards and thank you,
Robert Walsh, Chairman, West Cork Rally Committee.