Rally driver Paul Mulcahy killed in Waterford crash
Ravens Rock Rally cancelled as a mark of respect
Paul Mulcahy, from Kilgobnet, outside Dungarvan: an experienced member of the rallying circuit who took part in many of the major races over the years
Motor sport enthusiasts were last night mourning the loss of a prominent rally driver who was killed in a crash while taking part in the Ravens Rock Rally in Co Waterford.
The crash claimed the life of Paul Mulcahy from Kilgobnet outside Dungarvan, an experienced member of the rallying circuit who took part in many of the major races over the years. It is understood Mr Mulcahy and his wife, Fiona Power, from Kilrossanty, Co Waterford, celebrated the birth of their first baby eight weeks ago.
The crash happened at about 1.30pm yesterday during stage four of the rally, on the road between Kill and Carroll’s Cross, west of Waterford city.
Reports suggested the Toyota Starlet driven by Mr Mulcahy hit a stone wall and he was pronounced dead after he was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital.
His co-driver, Kevin Power, was also taken to hospital where he was treated for injuries. His condition was not known last night, but gardaí said they believed his life was not in danger.
The rally was cancelled as a mark of respect. The road was closed to the public and remained sealed off after the collision while gardaí carried out a forensic road examination
The Toyota Starlet was removed from the scene by a truck later in the evening.
A local in Dungarvan who knew Mr Mulcahy said: “He knew cars inside out and how they operate. It’s just unreal. I couldn’t get over it.”
In a statement published on its website, Motorsport Ireland last night said it “deeply regrets” the death of Mr Mulcahy. “As a mark of respect the organisers, Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club, have cancelled the remainder of the event. Motorsport Ireland and Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club extend their heartfelt sympathy to Paul’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.”