Monday, July 1, 2024


It is estimated that 120,000 spectators attended the 2024 Donegal International Rally. Photo: Neil McDaid 

The Donegal International Rally is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the country each year as over 120,000 people travel to Letterkenny for the weekend. The event is estimated to be worth over 20 million to the Donegal economy. With all these extra people, co-operation between civic services, the Donegal Motor club, locals, fans and Motorsport Ireland is of the upmost importance.

Motorsport Ireland Mobile command center. Photo; Motorsport Ireland 

In 2024, things were no different. Motorsport Irelands ‘Keep the Race in its Place’ campaign was largely advertised synchronously with An Garda Siochana’s ‘Project Nexus’. The two campaigns promote road safety. For Motorsport Ireland, this is done though road safety ambassadors William Creighton and Aoife Raftery, as well as a display unit, which was parked in the service of the Donegal International Rally on Saturday and Sunday.


An Garda Siochana’s project Nexus was launched in the form of a Stunning Golf R which was on display around Letterkenny all weekend. The 4 Wheel drive, 295HP Golf is a rescue vehicle and will be used at displays in the future by An Garda Siochana.

The Rally control room of the Donegal International Rally was also a Hotbed of activity for both Motorsport Ireland and An Garda Siochana. Both organizations collaborated to run a world class tracking room to manage Rally Traffic and ensure the event was able to run on schedule.

Garda Siochana out in full force in support of the 2024 Donegal International Rally. Photo: Garda Siochana/facebook


Motorsport Ireland and An Garda Siochana will continue to work in collaboration with each other to promote road safety to Irish road users and the next generation.

Motorsport Ireland President, Aiden Harper, had this to say; " We are thrilled to be able to work alongside An Garda Siochana this weekend as we both push our road safety initiatives. For us, the 'Keep the Race in its Place' message is so important. We want to get the word out there that there is a safe place for people to test their driving ability's and push their cars to the limit. Whether it be on a racing circuit or in a closed road rally, we can safely accommodate those who are seeking the thrill of high speeds, while also mitigating the risk involved."

Source credit: Motorsport Ireland