The Rally Ireland was held for the first time as part of the World Rally Championship with a special classification run in Belfast on November 15, 2007 , after the two test events in 2005 and 2006 were positively assessed by the FIA . The route largely ran through the northwest and north of the Emerald Isle . The special stages were held both in the Republic of Ireland (e.g. special stages of the earlier Donegal Rally) and in Northern Ireland . The rally headquarters were, as expected, in the city of Sligo .
The driving was mostly on very undulating asphalt, which caused treacherous road conditions due to the usual damp Irish weather. As a result, the rally was characterized by a relatively high default rate.
|2005 1||1st Rally Ireland 2005||Matthew Wilson||Michael Orr||Ford Escort RS WRC 2004|
|2006 1||2nd Rally Ireland 2006||Eugene Donnelly||Paul Kiely||Toyota Corolla WRC|
|2007||3rd Rally Ireland 2007||Sébastien Loeb||Daniel Elena||Citroën C4 WRC|
|2008||not carried out|
|2009||4th Rally Ireland 2009||Sébastien Loeb||Daniel Elena||Citroën C4 WRC|
1 no World Cup status