WHAT IS THE BILLY COLEMAN AWARD?

The Billy Coleman Award was created in 2000 to help young Irish Rally Drivers take the next step into international rallying and emulate the achievements of Billy Coleman. The first recipient, Rory Galligan (RIP), certainly fulfilled that ambition and competed as a “works” driver for Peugeot and Mitsubishi. Many subsequent winners have achieved International success at British Rally Championship (BRC), European Rally Championship (ERC), Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) and World Rally Championship (WRC) level.

Sport Ireland fully recognises motorsport and is a partner in the award scheme ensuring a much improved package and giving the award higher status. Motor clubs running rallies under a national permit contribute to this initiative.

The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy which is funded by the Team Ireland foundation will provide additional Training and Development support thanks to the philanthropic donations received from friends of the sport. 

 To learn more about the Billy Coleman Award, download Appendix 16 of the Motorsport Ireland Yearbook. 

Reigning Billy Coleman Award Winner, Josh McErlean

 

MOTORSPORT IRELAND BILLY COLEMAN AWARD WINNERS

2019: Josh McErlean
2018: James Wilson  
2017: Callum Devine
2016: Josh Moffett 
2015: Robert Duggan 
2014: Dean Raftery
2013: Stephen Wright 
2012: Daniel McKenna
2011: Sam Moffett 
2010: Robert Barrable 
2009: Craig Breen
2008: Ross Forde
 2007: Keith Cronin
2006: Owen Murphy
2005: Gareth MacHale
2004: Eamon McElvaney
2003: Dessie Keenan
2002: Shaun Gallagher
2001: Stuart Darcy
2000: Rory Galligan

* No winner was awarded in 2020 due to COVID-19

FURTHER INFORMATION

To learn more about the Billy Coleman Award, please email info@motorsportireland.com or contact Billy Coleman Award Co-ordinator, Sean McHugh on 087 279 8119. You can also follow the progress of current and past winners on our dedicated Billy Coleman Award Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

WITH THE SUPPORT OF MOTORSPORT IRELAND, MY CAREER HAS PROPELLED FROM A NATIONAL LEVEL OF RALLYING TO COMPETING ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE. 
JOSH MCERLEAN, MOTORSPORT IRELAND YOUNG RALLY DRIVER OF THE YEAR 2019

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