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Funeral applause as rally star Kelly is laid to rest

The coffin of Manus Kelly is carried to Conwal graveyard in Donegal as his sons wear garlands from his wins
The coffin of Manus Kelly is carried to Conwal graveyard in Donegal as his sons wear garlands from his wins
Manus Kelly

By Nicola Anderson

Resounding applause sounded as the “legendary achievements” of rally driver, councillor and businessman Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly (41) were recalled at his funeral.

The married father-of-five was killed in a crash on the final day of the Donegal International Rally on Sunday.

Two laurel wreaths had been placed on the windshield of his beloved racing car which bore the legend ‘Mandy’ on the grille and which was parked proudly nearby.

The funeral cortege arrived at the church led by two Garda motorbikes and the Subaru in which Mr Kelly won the Donegal International Rally three times in a row.

It was driven by rally driver Declan Boyle with Mr Kelly’s son Charlie in the passenger seat.

Hundreds of mourners stood in the sun-drenched grounds outside the tiny St Columba’s church in Glenswilly, Co Donegal.

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