Updated: Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach says the County is in shock after rally deaths

Gardaí and Motor Sport Ireland are continuing with separate investigations are underway into the deaths of two men following a collision during the 2023 Sligo Stages Rally in Co Sligo yesterday afternoon.



Both men in their 30s and 40s were killed while taking part in the rally yesterday.



The rally was taking place in Co. Sligo yesterday afternoon when there was a serious crash, which led to the event being called off.


Two men who were competing in the rally lost their lives in the tragic accident on the sixth stage at Carrowcushcly in Ballymote when their car hit a wall, at around 3pm.


The bodies of the driver in his 30s and passenger in his 40s were later removed to Sligo University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place.


Motorsport Ireland has extended its deepest sympathies to their families and friends, to the members of Connacht Motor Club and everyone involved with organising the event.


It’s started a full investigation with the relevant authorities into the crash to find out how it happened.


Gardai are asking that footage of this collision is not shared across social media or messaging apps.


Anyone with video footage is asked to make this available to them.


Gardaí can be contacted at Sligo Garda Station on 071 915 7000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.


Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerard Mullaney is a councillor in the Ballymote Tubbercurry Municipal District.


He’s been telling Ocean FM news that the tragic events of yesterday has sent shock waves through the entire county of Sligo and beyond :