Irish Motor Sports - Interview with John Kenny
Monday, 11 February 2008
Motor sport is the third biggest spectator sport in Ireland outside of GAA and Soccer, and Rally Ireland 07' was the biggest single event ever to be staged in Ireland with 250,000 spectators and nearly €50 Million pumped into the economy of the North West.
John Kenny Profile:
He has broadcast on Radio 1, 2fm, Lyric FM, RTE TV on a wide range of sport including GAA, soccer, cricket etc. He has presented various television motor-sport programmes. John has been the motor-sport columnist with the Irish Daily Star since 1989.
Book - "The Dirty Dozen"
Twelve of Ireland's legendary motor-sports stars reveal the truth behind the scenes of the dangerous and glamorous sporting life. In the book "Ireland's legendary motor-sports, stars speak about the highs and lows of their sport, whether scorching up the stages in rallying, the perilous thrills of motorbikes or the glamour and high stakes of circuit-racing". - The Dirty Dozen
John interviewed motor sport greats such as;
Rally drivers - Austin MacHale and Rosemary Smith
Bikes - The Dunlop Brothers
Circuit - Eddie Irvine & Eddie Jordan
Since his first visit to Mondello Park in September 1987 to see Mika Häkkinen win the Formula Opel Euro Series, John Kenny has presented various television motor-sport programmes - including the Racing Green series for TG4 in 1999, as well as commentary from Mondello and the Phoenix Park Races and the Killarney Historic Stages Rally for RTÉ and SKY TV. He's also the motor-sport columnist for the Irish Daily Star.
. Rallying has three major championships, the Tarmac, the National and the Forestry.
. Ireland has two motor-racing circuits Mondello Park and Kirkistown and some of the big names to have driven there include Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen while top Irish drivers include Derek Daly, Eddie Jordan and John Watson.
. Ireland has some top drivers on the international scene including Adam Carroll (A1 Grand Prix), Damien Faulkner (Porsche Cup) Niall Breen (International Formula 3.
. Road bike racing is another big sport in this country. The North West 200 in Portrush attracts crowds of 200,000 while there are big meetings in Skerries, Kells, Dundalk and at various locations up North.
. Joey Dunlop is Ireland's most successful Isle of Man TT winner with 26 wins.
The book - 'The Dirty Dozen' is available at all good book stores Nationwide - Price €14.95