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Pat awarded Lifetime Achievement accolade

Pat McAleer surrounded by family and friends

Pat McAleer surrounded by family and friends

Drumnakilly’s Pat McAleer received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Motorsports Association at last Saturday night’s Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs awards.

The country’s top motorsport talent were out in force for the glittering function. With an impressive array of more than 200 perpetual cups and crystal trophies, the finest competitors in the country were present at the Armagh City Hotel to receive their accolades and awards for the 2015 season.

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All motorsport disciplines were represented from junior rallying and autotesting to racing, hill climbing and stage rallying, the star-studded evening was a night to remember.

Pat McAleer, who is 85, has been timekeeping at rallies, hillclimbs, sprints and autotests for more than 65 years accompanied by his wife Mary, his children and grandchildren.

Pat is well-known for his hospitality at events and when top World Rally Championship driver Jari Matti Latvala retired on the 2009 Rally Ireland event, Pat invited him into his camper van for tea and some of Mary’s home-made soda bread. On his 80th birthday Pat received a signed photograph from Jari Matti reminding him of the incident and expressing his thanks.

Pat was awarded honorary membership by Omagh Motor Club in the mid-nineties and has also been honoured by Donegal Motor Club and Maiden City Motor Club. In 2011 he was presented with a Services to Sport Award by Omagh Sports Forum.

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