Exceptional results for young rallyer

cian o'mahony

Posted on: 15th January, 2014

Category: Highlights

Contributor: Mary O'Brien

Cian O’Mahony, (16), a student at Clonakilty Community College, is driven by his passion for fast cars. Coming from a family of rallyers, Cian was on the sidelines at only four weeks old, participated in his first race, age 12, and also brought home his first trophy on that day.

In 2012, Cian claimed the coveted title ‘Overall Junior Driver of the Year’, and was also placed second in ‘Driver of the Year’ in the West Waterford Autograss Racing Club.

But it was 2013 that was a truly exceptional year for Cian, who took first place in the Junior 1a in the All-Ireland Autograss Series, going on to also win his class in the overall Junior and first place in the All Ireland series in class 1a. Cian’s dad Mike also raced in this event in the Micra 1a and was awarded first place in the men’s class 1a and also first in the All Ireland series in class 1a.

The past year has seen Cian racing at over 18 races in Cork, Waterford, Carlow, Down and the UK.

After receiving the cup for the ‘Fastest Junior on Grass’ on the day and overall Junior 1 cup for winning Class 1 in Cork Autograss at the end of the season, Cian travelled to compete in his first race in the UK last September, where he was placed 17 out of 94 in the Junior Nationals, an excellent achievement for the young rallyer.

It proved to be a race fraught with mishaps, with a brake pipe failing on their car the gearbox giving trouble, but the father and son team worked hard to get back on the road and Cian secured a place in the semi-final. Unfortunately, after a good battle Cian went out in the fourth heat; a problem arising due to steering damage with his car put him fourth position. So, although not making the final, his overall placing of 17 in his first UK race sent Cian home a very happy young man.

A comment in the Autograss review by Jeffery Parish from England leaves no room for doubt in Cian’s racing ability — “After incident packed racing in JUNIOR CLASS 1, Cian O’Mahony took his ‘Nationals’ Micra to the weekend’s top honour Cian and Michael O’Mahony had a frantic weekend keeping two cars running with two drivers each, but Cian was rewarded with a unique double win as he took JUNIOR CLASS 1A, also wrapping up the All Ireland title”.

So with 2013 marking the end of an exceptional run for Cian in the Juniors, the 2014 season starts again in March and a new chapter for Cian where no doubt we can be sure of more exciting results from this talented young rallyer.

Cian is delighted with what he has achieved in 2013 and moving up to the Men’s class this year, he hopes to start the season well at his first race in Carlow in March. “My ambition this year is to make the Nationals in England at the start of August. Only two cars in every class in Ireland qualify for this event.” Cian hopes to train as a mechanic after finishing his second level education.

The Cork Autograss Club at Castletown-Kenneigh in Enniskeance has secured the third round of the All Ireland Series on July 19 and 20.

Any Junior interested in getting involved in motorsport can log on to the Cork Autograss Facebook page or contact Sharon on 087/1335699 for more details.

Dates for next year are: Sunday, March 23, Sunday, April 13, Sunday, May 11, Sunday, June 22, Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20.  A.I.A.S and Junior Weekend — Sunday, September 14.

Latest News Articles:

Christmas on the beat
Clonakilty town aims to get snowed under with the return of the Clonakilty Christmas Express
On call for Christmas
Have your say in shaping the future of Clonakilty
Dursey Island project passes first phase in Failte Ireland’s Grant Scheme
Minister Ring visits superb rural initiatives in West Cork
West Cork farms celebrated at Milk Awards
Issue of childcare a major concern for 72 per cent of female entrepreneurs
Rain, slurry deadlines and housing
Celtic Ross Hotel awarded AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence

Join us on Facebook

This is the real spirit of Christmas at Caseys of Clonakilty. ... See MoreSee Less

Are you alone or do you know someone who will be alone this Christmas? If so, then we here at Casey’s would like to make your day the little bit easier. We are offering a full Christmas dinner on us! Christmas dinners can be collected Christmas Eve from 12:30pm - 8:30pm. Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas from everyone at Casey’s

15th December, 2017  ·  

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s has just announced its Christmas schedule and it features several programmes of interest to listeners in West Cork.

On New Year’s Day at 12.08 pm we’ll hear highlights from the Éigse Dhiarmuidín Festival that took place in West Cork in early December, remembering musician and broadcaster Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin. An Nollaig ar Oileán Chléire is an archive show presented by Mícheál Ó Sé on Wednesday 27 December at 5.30 pm about Christmas on Cape Clear and on Friday 29 December and 5 January at 7 pm, Peadar Ó Riada will bring us very special editions of his Cuireadh chun Ceoil programme from Múscraí. Keep an ear out!
... See MoreSee Less

15th December, 2017  ·  

West Cork People - The Best Free Read in West Cork shared Garda Síochána - Cork, Kerry & Limerick - Southern Region's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

REMINDER: An Garda Siochana are hosting a Retail Crime Prevention Meeting, to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 29th November 2017. This meeting will be held in the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon. This meeting is one of a series being held across the West Cork Garda Division, in association with Operation Thor, the Garda National Anti-Crime Strategy. The purpose of the meeting is to increase the cooperation between Gardai and the retail sector, ensuring that the current low levels of crime in the locality extends past the busy approaching Christmas season. The meeting will be addressed by the local Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Ian O’ Callaghan, who will discuss burglary prevention, shoplifting, fraud, and cybercrime. There will be a particular focus on cash handling and cash exposure of businesses in the run up to the Christmas shopping period. All aspects of commercial crime will be discussed, and we would strongly urge all businesses to make a special effort to attend on the evening.

28th November, 2017  ·  

TRADING THROUGH BREXIT - BREXIT BRIEFING SERIES LAUNCHED
Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Simon Coveney T.D. is hosting a number of Brexit Breakfast Briefings in Cork in the coming weeks. The first in the series takes place on Monday, 4 December at the Carrigaline Court Hotel at 7:30am until 9am. Business owners, retailers and those involved in tourism in the region are invited to attend the free briefing, which will see Minister Coveney providing an update on Brexit negotiations, his insights and also practical ways to begin preparing for Brexit.

The Brexit Breakfast information events are free of charge and all are welcome to attend, however registration is required by emailing simon.coveney@oir.ie or call 021 4374200
... See MoreSee Less

27th November, 2017  ·  

Keep an eye out for Croíúil Trad group
from Rosscarbery and the Munster Champions U-12 Ceili Band from Bandon, both performing on next weekend's The Late Late Toy Show, airing on Friday, December 1 on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.
... See MoreSee Less

27th November, 2017  ·  

Jump to:

Top