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Rally champ Donagh Kelly rallies to 'homeless' cause

By Sammy Hamill

New Irish Tarmac rally champion Donagh Kelly is a wealthy man who can afford to lay his head down in the best hotels anywhere he chooses. But next week he will be braving the elements and sleeping rough in the grounds of Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral.

Winner of last week's final round of the Tarmac series in Cork, Kelly, who is the boss of the KN Networks Group, is joining other business leaders to spend the night sleeping outdoors on cardboard to highlight homelessness as part of Focus Ireland's "Shine a Light" campaign.

Kelly was scheduled to take part in tomorrow's Donegal Harvest Rally in his home county but after his sustained efforts in a season in which he has won both the Tarmac and Irish National championships, he has withdrawn, leaving the door open for his friend and big rival Declan Boyle, who was the double champion last year.

Boyle heads the entry list for the Burt-based event in his WRC Ford Fiesta and the strong line-up also includes recent Galway Summer Rally winner Peadar Hurson in his Subaru and Tarmac series runner-up Joe McGonigle in his S2000 Skoda.

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