The death of a well-known rally driver in the Donegal International Rally has stunned the north-west, and beyond.

Manus Kelly (above right) was killed after he went off on the spectacular Fanad Head stage on the third day of the rally.

Kelly had won the international rally in 2016, 2017 and 2018 while in 2015 he won the modified section.

The Clerk of the Course for the Donegal International Rally, Eamonn McGee, has been among those to pay tribute to the hugely popular Glenswilly men.
McGee described the tragic news as being "devastating".
He knew Manus Kelly both as an accomplished rally driver and as a friend.
"He was a great ambassador for the sport and for the Donegal Motor Club and for the county as well," he said.

The co-driver, Donall Barrett, was injured and taken to hospital.

News of Kelly's death has sent shock-waves through the sport and the local community.

A married man with five children, he was a successful businessman and was recently elected as a Fianna Fail councillor in the Letterkenny-Milford Electoral Area.

Tributes from outside Ireland have been being paid to Manus Kelly, the rally driver who was tragically killed in the Donegal International Rally on Sunday.

Among them was one from the British Rally Championship

Numerous tributes have been paid online.

Joule Donegal International Rally champions Manus Kelly (left)  and Donall Barrett get their hands on the winners trophy back in 2016.

The Donegal International Rally is the only three day event of its kind in Ireland.

A major investigation into the accident is underway.

The rally was suspended after the accident and did not resume.

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