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Rally Ireland steers cash to Donegal 18.02.08

RALLY Ireland injected between 39m and 59m into the North West economy last year, new figures show.
The research from the University of Ulster shows that the Irish stage of the World Rally Championship was a lucrative earner for the counties of the North West including Donegal.
Rally Ireland, a good earner for the North West. It also showcased the region to a massive worldwide audience, the research found. The WRC is run over four continents and draws an estimated television audience of more than 100 million viewers. The events draw live spectators of 11.2 million people annually.
Meanwhile, it was revealed that Rally Ireland was ranked the second 
best event in last year's World Rally Championship by the sports governing body Federation International de L'Automobile, based in Paris.
Donegal Minister Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher said: "This is a significant achievement for Ireland following its debut in this prestigious series last year and tribute must be paid to everyone involved especially ceo Dave Marren, co-promoters Ronan Morgan and Sean O'Connor and not forgetting the thousands of volunteers from all over Donegal and the North West who played their role in making the event the success that it was." He said he was hopeful the county would benefit again from the major rally event in 2009.
"I have been involved since the beginning and have had a very keen interest in Rally Ireland which has been the most ambitious North-South sporting project ever undertaken.
"I have been in contact with the rally organisers and although it has yet to be confirmed, I'm hopeful Donegal will continue to play a part and be featured in the 2009 World Rally Championship, next January," said Minister Gallagher.
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