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Birr Stages Rally

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A: Birr Stages Rally

by Marek Szarejko, 20 meters away

LEADING from the start, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC) and co-driver, Paul Kiely won the Manor Hotel Abbeyl...

Birr Stages Rally

B: Ravens Rock Rally

by Marek Szarejko, 26.6 km away

At the end of the Kilkenny based event, Breen/Roberts were a minute and 45 seconds ahead of Colm Murp...

Ravens Rock Rally

C: Kilkenny Saint Cancie's Cathedral

by Volker Uhl, 28.5 km away

Kilkenny Saint Cancie's Cathedral

D: Saint Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny, Ireland

by Krzysztof Bialek, 28.5 km away

Saint Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny, Ireland

E: St Canice's Cathedral

by Tomek Bialek, 28.5 km away

St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant...

St Canice's Cathedral

F: Nowlan Park Stadium

by Tomek Bialek, 28.7 km away

Nowlan Park is the principal Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Kilkenny, Ireland, home to the Ki...

Nowlan Park Stadium

G: Kilkenny

by Volker Uhl, 28.8 km away

Kilkenny

H: Rothe House

by Tomek Bialek, 28.8 km away

Rothe House & Garden, a historic house in Kilkenny in the South East of Ireland, is the only exam...

Rothe House

I: Rothe House, Kilkenny, Ireland

by Krzysztof Bialek, 28.8 km away

Rothe House, Kilkenny, Ireland

J: Nowlan Park Stadium

by Tomek Bialek, 28.8 km away

Nowlan Park is the principal Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Kilkenny, Ireland, home to the Ki...

Nowlan Park Stadium

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