Having lost his drive in the World Rally Championship for 2019, Waterford's Craig Breen has confirmed that he will compete in next month’s Galway International Rally, the opening round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.

Breen, who will be co-driven by Killarney's Paul Nagle, the ex Kris Meeke navigator, will contest the event on 10 February, in a Ford Fiesta R5.

The pair are back together having run a Metro 6R4 last month’s Killarney Historic Rally having last worked together competitively back in 2012

"Glad to share the news with you all that we are coming home! Myself and Paul Nagle will take part in the Galway International Rally in February with a Fiesta R5," said Breen on his face book page

The last time Breen tackled the Galway International as back in 2010 when he finished second overall and the 28-year-old is also likely to contest the West Cork Rally in March which is also a round of the British Rally series.

This season will be the first time since 2015 that Breen won’t be competing in the World Rally Championship having lost his drive with Citroen and failing to land a drive at M-Sport Ford

"This is by no means a sign of our intentions in the WRC. Since I was a child I have loved everything about Irish rallying more than anything else, and suddenly having the chance to do these events is something that genuinely brings a smile to my face during these difficult times" he added

"After all, the best roads in the world are sitting here waiting all over Ireland! I am not out to prove any points or set any records, I’m here to enjoy my time, enjoy our amazing roads, and get back to enjoying my driving."

"We are still working hard to get back in the WRC as soon as possible, and I think we will be back doing what we do best before too long, but for the moment the dry stone walls and shiny tar are calling, time to have some fun!"

The 2019 Galway International Rally takes place on the weekend of 9-10 February.