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From vintage rallying to modified car shows, there's plenty of events for motoring enthusiasts around the country - so make some vroom in your diary, writes Suzanne Keane

Andrew Nesbitt rallying in Kerry
Andrew Nesbitt rallying in Kerry
You can see Isle of Man TT riders at the Irish Motorbike show

Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show

Feb 27 - March 1, RDS

Now in its ninth year, The Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter will be held from February 27 to March 1 and is the largest gathering of every marque of motorbike and scooter for sale in Ireland.

The latest bikes and accessories will be on show, along with a classic and retro zone in conjunction with the Ace Cafe London. And there'll be a chance to meet Ireland's Isle of Man TT race competitors.

But it not just for motorcycle enthusiasts, it's also a fun family day out and includes demo races, celebrity racing stars, lifestyle fashion show and more.

Tickets cost €15 for adults, students and OAPs are €12 and children under 12 are free. More details are available at


March 28 & 29, Belfast

Thousands of budding motoring enthusiasts and hundreds of classic cars and modified motors will descend on the King's Hall Complex in Belfast on the last weekend in March for the sixth annual Dubshed event.

With more than 700 cars on display, from classics to modified, and trade stands and kids activities each day, there should be something for everyone. There will also be a funfair on site to keep the kids entertained.

Entry costs £10 for adults and kids go free. If you fancy skipping the queue, VIP tickets are available online. For more information visit

Rally of the Lakes

May 1 - 3, Co Kerry

As with every May Bank Holiday weekend, the eyes of the motorsport world will be firmly fixed on Killarney for the Rally of the Lakes.

The event revs up with a ceremonial start in Killarney town centre on Friday evening and finishes at the Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday after two hard days of rallying over some of the world's greatest tarmac stages.

Access to the stages is free of charge and you can spend three nights at Rally HQ for €189pps. More information is available at

Limerick Classic & Vintage Car Show

May 24, Limerick Racecourse

If you are a fan of life in the past lane, the Limerick Classic and Vintage show is the place to be on Sunday May 24.

This year's vintage car show, now in its 30th year, is expected to attract more than 800 vehicles of all makes, models and ages, from cherished classics to modified moderns.

Admission is just €5, children under 12 go free and all proceeds from the event will go to charity. For more information, visit

Gordon Bennett Rally

June 4 - 7, Co Meath

This year's Gordon Bennett rally marks the 112th anniversary of the first closed-circuit Grand Prix in the world, the 1903 Gordon Bennett Race, which was also the first international motor race held in Ireland.

More than 175 pre-1931 cars are expected to join in the event, which is taking place in early June in Enfield, Co Meath.

Along the route, there is plenty to see and do for all the family and motoring enthusiasts alike. For more information, visit or

Donegal Rally

June 18 - 21, Co Donegal

Thousands of spectators are expected to descend on Letterkenny from the late June weekend to attend the Donegal Rally.

Taking place around Ballybofey, Fanad, Downing's, Milford and Ramelton, the Donegal Rally is also the fifth round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and will consist of international national and junior competitions.

For more information visit

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