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Lottery winner to compete on Rally Ireland.

Recent Irish lottery winner Ken Treacy has become the first registered competitor for the Rally Ireland 2009, organisers announced this week.

The Old Leighlin man was part of a 16 person syndicate, which won over 18 million Euros in August and he is now planning to take in the opening round in the 2009 World Rally Championship.

Ken, who was a marshal on the Rally Ireland in 2006 and 2007, has been rallying for over ten years with his co-driver Martin Comerford and they will enter the event in their Volkswagen Polo.

"I have been honoured to be involved with Rally Ireland for the past two years and a chance to see to the best drivers in the World Rally Championship here in Ireland is something I never thought I would see," Ken told the events official website.

"Now to have the chance to race against them is more than I could have ever dreamed of and I am just so excited about taking part next month."

Entries for Rally Ireland 2009, which runs from January 29 to February 1, officially opened on Sunday.


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