Aoife Raftery achieves a career-high fourth place in the Junior category at the European Rally Championship in Rally Hungary.
Apr19

Aoife Raftery achieves a career-high fourth place in the Junior category at the European Rally Championship in Rally Hungary.

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy driver Aoife Raftery delivered her most impressive performance yet in an FIA European Rally Championship event, securing fourth place overall. This achievement marks a significant improvement from her previous seventh-place finish in the Czech Republic last season. In her second season competing in the Junior ERC, Raftery, based in Craughwell, alongside her co-driver Hannah McKillop from Antrim,...

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Aoife Raftery ready for “demanding and tricky” Galway International Rally
Jan29

Aoife Raftery ready for “demanding and tricky” Galway International Rally

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy member Aoife Raftery will get her 2024 season underway on her home event this weekend as the Women in Motorsport ambassador for the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally. Last year the Craughwell-based driver recorded an impressive debut season in the FIA Junior European Rally Championship. She was the first Irish woman to commit to an internationally recognised rally championship since the late and...

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Car Chat with Rosemary Smith
Dec06

Car Chat with Rosemary Smith

  Still motoring through life at full speed we talk, cars, gadgets and more with former Rally Champion Rosemary Smith. Who taught you to drive? My father, when I was 11 in a big old fashioned Vauxhall in a field. I had to sit on a cushion. What do you drive and what does it say about you? A Ford Focus which is my driving school car and it says I love teaching youngsters to drive. Do you have a favourite car gadget? The radio, if...

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Interview with Astrid Linder, creator of the first female dummy
Aug29

Interview with Astrid Linder, creator of the first female dummy

Swedish researcher Astrid Linder, creator of the first female crash test dummy, receives the WOW (Woman of Worth) award by Women’s World Car of the Year award Road safety researcher Astrid Linder works at VTI, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute. Linder has received the WOW (Woman of Worth) award from Mia Liström, one of the judges of the Women’s World Car of the Year in Sweden. The award was given...

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Cost of living crisis impacting Irish motorists
May16

Cost of living crisis impacting Irish motorists

A survey of Irish motorists carried out by Ford has shown that a high proportion of drivers, in the context of the current cost of living crisis, are seeking to save money on their motoring in a number of ways.  One in three motorists are either delaying or totally skipping their car’s annual service in an effort to save money.  In the same vein, some 57 percent of drivers (nearly two thirds) have cut back on the mileage they do in...

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