The Hills Are Alive
Galway Motor Club are delighted to announce details of their annual upcoming event, ’’The
Ballyvaughan Motorsport Hillclimb Weekend’’, which is based among the fabulous Burren
Landscape in Ballyvaughan North Clare which takes place on the weekend of the 26th , 27th &
28th April. This year the event will be Rounds 1 & 2 of the ‘’Pack & Pallet National Hillclimb &
Sprint Championship 2019’’.
This year’s 12 round Championship takes place over six weekends taking in some of the most
scenic parts of Clare, Carlow, Wexford, Limerick and Donegal with these events bringing a
much-needed boost to the local economies with big demand for accommodation, food and
The organisers of this weekend are delighted to welcome ‘’The DPF Clinic’’ on board as Main
Sponsors for this year’s event as without their financial support an event like this could not
take place. Each year Ballyvaughan puts on a great show for the Hillclimb fraternity and this
year will again be no different. Competitors will begin arriving on Friday afternoon for an
optional scrutiny which will take place that evening in Mooney’s Emo service station between
6 & 8pm where you are invited to get up close and personal with some of the fastest cars this
country has to offer and also speak to their brave drivers.
This year sees the event heading back to the Iconic Ballyallabhan Hill which hasn’t been ran
since 2014 and it’s also the first time in the history of the Ballyvaughan Hillclimb Weekend
that both days will be ran at this venue which is sure to draw a capacity entry. Local man
Aiden Connolly will once again be taking on the role as Clerk of the course and has told us that
all plans are at an advanced stage and he is looking forward to welcoming you all back to
Ballyvaughan and returning to Ballyallabhan Hill where he started his first role as a Clerk of
the Course back in 2014.
This will give competitors a fantastic opportunity to compete on what is sure to be one of the
best and most challenging hills in this year’s Hillclimb Championship Series.
If you would like to be part of this event, you can help out by marshalling on the day and
seeing these cars up close at full tilt through the Burren landscape. The organisers would ask
that all spectators please obey all marshals & officials of the event, and has asked that if a
marshal asks you to move from where you are standing rest assured, they are doing so for
your own safety. If you do not obey their instructions, you will leave them no choice but to
stop the event. Please be courteous and polite to all marshals and officials as these people
are volunteers who give their time willingly.
Monks Bar & Restaurant Ballyvaughan is also very happy to be associated with this year’s
Hillclimb Weekend as they will act as main Headquarters for the event. They will have a
special weekend menu available each night and the prizegiving along with video footage of
the day’s action will take place on Saturday evening. The prize giving will be kicking off from
8.30pm on Saturday evening followed by music till late. All are welcome to attend for fun,
laughs and stories. Sundays Prizegiving will take place in the paddock after the final run.
We look forward to seeing you all in the Burren in April.
Entries secretary for the Ballyvaughan Hillclimb event is Catherine Connolly and she can be
contacted on 086-0714564 between 6.00pm & 9.00pm only.