Celebrating Excellence: The WOW Award
May22

Celebrating Excellence: The WOW Award

The  WOW Award aims to honor the exceptional contributions and careers of women in the motor industry or motorsport. This prestigious award recognizes those who have made an outstanding impact. This year, the Women’s Worldwide Car of the Year (WWCOTY) expanded the nomination process to include the entire automotive industry. A total of 30 nominations were expertly narrowed down to ten finalists by three non-voting jury members....

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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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What is driver distraction and how serious an issue is it?
Apr12

What is driver distraction and how serious an issue is it?

Is it time to put the brakes on in-car entertainment systems asks Geraldine Herbert How significant a factor is driver distraction to road collisions? Every year, almost 25,000 people lose their lives on European roads and more than 135,000 are seriously injured. It is estimated that driver distraction is likely to be a factor in 10% to 30% of all road collisions. Drivers who text are twice as likely to crash as those who have been...

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Are your car seats insured?
Apr05

Are your car seats insured?

Suzanne Keane looks at the various levels of cover on offer for child seats in your car We all know the importance of having the correct car insurance and how to shop around to get the best price for your insurance each year. However, have you ever thought about what’s actually covered in your car? If you have a collision, no matter how small, it’s important that your car seats are replaced and that the old seats are destroyed....

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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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Ten things to know about the iconic Rosemary Smith
Dec06

Ten things to know about the iconic Rosemary Smith

We remember the iconic Rosemary Smith writes Geraldine Herbert Rosemary was born in Dublin in 1937, the youngest of three children. She was smart but hated her strict convent-school education. Her father John Smith, an amateur racer himself, taught Rosemary to drive when she was only 11 and at 16 she secured a driving licence by pretending to be a year older. She attended the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design where she was awarded top...

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