Name: Tommy Cuddihy
Lives: Piltown Co Kilkenny
Occupation: Shop Floor Assistant
Rally car: Everything
Road car: Toyota Starlet
How old were you drove your first
I was 11 years old driving a 91
hiace around my friends field
Where does your love of motorsport
My love for motorsport started at a
very young age. My dad brought me to Carrick on suir forestry rally and Ravens
rock rally every year and I always wished I could compete in these rallies
someday and I thank Dad for bring me to them rain or shine. I guess I was very lucky
to have plenty of rally drivers around my home town and they were kind to let
me fall in with.
How do you find navigating and why?
I love navigating it’s a fantastic
experience and such a rush to be sideways in the woods so close to trees or
going 100 mph over dips and jumps. I love all the prep a co driver has and the
we all undertake. Co drive lets you meet new people and make new friends and
its always a nice thing to co drive for someone who is on the same wavelength as
I started rallying in 2008 in a Honda
civic in my home rally the raven’s rock and slowly progressed my way up the
ranks to where I am today. I was very fortunate to fall in with Waterford based
Driver and Co Driver Billy Ryan in 2012 in his Honda Civic we did couple of rallies
that year and Billy and Simon Reid have always passed on their advice to me
which I used in today’s rallies. Iv been lucky to sit in escort’s Hondas Evo’s Subaru’s
life long dreams for people who love the sport.
2013/2014 has been the highlight of
my career If been very lucky to co drive for Barry Meeke whos brother is world
rally star Kris Meeke that was a fantastic call to get and we finished fivemiletown
30th overall. Kildare driver Peter McCullagh contacted me to co
drive in Cork
Forestry in 2013 my first big name in the forestry. We finished the event 8th
overall won group N what a fantastic experience I had that day and to this day
i’m still co driving for Peter.
If you won the lotto what rally car
would you buy and why ?
If I won the lotto I would but a Ford
Escort BDA for its pure power and for the beautiful noise of it screaming threw
and Irish forestry.
What your plan’s for the rest of
My plans for the rest of 2014 are
Imokilly single stage rally with Waterford’s
I am compete in Tipperary Stonethrowres Rally with Frank
Kelly. I am competing with Peter McCullagh in the Evo 9 in which we will hope
to get a top 3 finish hopefully. The rest of the year is unknown as of yet.
Favourite food and drink?
My favourite food would have to be
the old Sunday Dinner and home chicken spuds gravy veg. ahh you cant beat good
home cooked meal. Drink wise cool can of redbull.
What were you thinking when you got
the phone call from frank kelly?
When I recived the call from Frank
Kelly I was speechless Ireland top driver is looking for me to sit along side
of him I must be doing something rite. I was so proud to get the call and to be
in the famous Baby Blue how lucky am I all I could say was hell yeah I’ll do
Would you thinking you can keep
notes to frank?
I think I will be well able for
What is the
best rally of the year for you?
result by far this year was in Wicklow Forest with Peter in the evo 9 group n
winners tv interview and an amazing 4th overall fantastic team work
put in by us both.
Who is Ireland’s next top rally driver?
I believe young Rob Duggan has got
what it takes to be the Ireland
nxt top driver.
Who is going to win the wrc this
Id like to see latvala win the
What is the best tarmac rally and
I think Ravens Rock and Wexford 2
day are by far the best local rally both clubs put so much effort in to the
both events months of work and each year the run a fantastic event an as seen
on entries people come back each year.
What do you prefer tarmac or forest?
Will killkenny win the all Ireland?
Yes they will be there abouts.
Would you recommend navigating and why ?
I would recommend navigating because
it’s a great way to spend your money. You meet new people you travel the
country and see some fantastic sights and of course have a great laugh with
friends and family.
Any one you would like to thank
Yes I would like to thank my parents
Tom and Philomena and my sister Sarah for supporting my over these few years.
My friends John Falvey Terry Falvey John Judy Doherty Simon Reid Billy Ryan
Carrick On Suir Motor Club Douglas Stewart Emmet Lyons Peter McCullagh to name
a few and everyone else out there ye know who ye are. Thank you all and Rally
for this fantastic opportunity watch this space folks.