The first motor rally race in Ireland was held in 1901. The race was sponsored by the Irish Automobile Club. The Irish Automobile Club, which had been established in January 1901, became the Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC) after World War I.
Twelve automobiles took part in the first rally. It was held in stages from Dublin to Waterford. Other rallies followed but the sport did not become popular until after World War II. Today motor rallies are common worldwide.
Ireland’s first motor rally race from Dublin to Waterford, was held in the year 1901 On This Day.