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Jim Walsh R.I.P.




JIM WALSH R.I.P.

It was with great shock and sadness that, on the 23rd of July 2006, we learned of the death of Jim Walsh.
                       Jim, affectionately known as “Fr.Jim”, was well known in motor sport circles throughout Ireland and there was hardly a rally anywhere in the country that Jim wasn’t involved in at some level.
                        A quiet, unassuming and friendly man ,Jim was always happy to work away in the background making sure everything was in place. The energy and enthusiasm he injected into any project and the amount of work done by Jim was the stuff of legend and he will be a hard act to follow.
                         His love of motor sport was contagious and he drew many new members into the motor sport family over the years.
                         Jim helped Irelands bid for WRC status by acting as results officer on Rally Ireland, sadly Jim passed away not knowing that Irelands bid was successful, he also acted as press officer for the Killarney International rally of the lakes and was a director of Cork Motor Club Ltd.
                                       He was one of the people responsible for the setting up of the Southern 4 Rally Championship and remained it’s driving force until his sad passing. He was also responsible for the running of a Rally Sprint in Cork in 2002, which raised 8,500 euro for the Irish Kidney Association.
                                    Jim fought against his illness for many years and in spite of this still insisted on full involvement in all aspects of motor sport.
                                   His proudest moment came when he was presented with the Silver Wheel award at the 2005 Rally of the Lakes for his services to motor sport.
                                  He is survived by  two brothers and two sisters.
We have all rightly mourned the loss of great rally competitors at their passing but Jim Walsh was a rally legend as well.Another rally giant has gone and he will be sadly missed.