Racers named locally; “Dark and difficult day” following the crash at Sligo Stages Rally
By The Headlines, July 17, 2023 | 10:11 AM
While racing on the rally's sixth stage, two competitors—named as Gene McDonald and Daire Maguire—were fatally hurt.
The racers who died in the horrific accident were identified as Gene McDonald, 35, and Daire Maguire, 46, according to a statement released by Motorsport Ireland this morning.
"An Garda Sochána and Motorsport Ireland, the national governing body for four-wheeled motorsport in Ireland, have launched a full investigation into the circumstances of the accident," it stated.
The statement continued, "The thoughts of everyone at Racing Ireland and throughout the larger racing community continue to be with the McDonald and Maguire families and friends, the event's organisers, and those motorsport community members who were on the scene.
Motorsport Ireland Statement issued at 10.30 on July 17th 2023 confirming the names of the competitors who tragically lost their lives in an accident on yesterday’s Sligo Stages Rally pic.twitter.com/jbSppIYPE1— Motorsport Ireland (@MotorsportIRL) July 17, 2023
The car left the road just before 3 o'clock and hit a wall; sadly, both the driver and the co-driver died from their wounds, according to McCarrick.
"We have a very strong safety record and competitor safety is front and centre of what we do, but unfortunately, accidents and fatal accidents can happen in any sport and tragically it was our sport yesterday," he said.
However, accidents and fatal accidents may happen in any activity, and tragically, it was our sport yesterday, he added. "We have a very solid safety record, and competitor safety is front and centre of everything we do.
After the incident, the serious incident protocol was initiated, and the event was stopped.
We don't yet know whether the collision was impacted by the road conditions, he said.
Both victims, according to McCarrick, were "experienced competitors".
"The driver had over 15 years of experience, and the co-driver had over 20 years of experience; both were regular competitors in the border, midlands, and west region, and they were both well respected," he claimed.
Anyone who has a video is urged to make it available to the Garda.