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  • Writer's pictureDanny Joyce | Editor

Follow Dubliner Oran O’Kelly’s race in one of the most challenging motorsport events,the Dakar Rally

This Friday (5th January), Oran O'Kelly will embark on an extraordinary journey as he takes on the Dakar Rally, one of the most demanding and perilous motorsport events in the world. The rally covers over 9000 miles, where Oran will be kitted in his leathers in the blazing heat of Alula, Saudi Arabia, and the majority of the race spent in a squat position!

Oran O'Kelly is the first Irish man proudly representing Ireland in this daring endeavor in over 15 years. Entering the bike category, Oran will set off on his KTM Rally motorbike in the first stage of the Dakar Rally, which is considered the ultimate test of both man and machine and has claimed the lives of dozens of competitors since its inception in 1979. The route takes riders across some of the most challenging off-road terrain in the world, from the highest mountains to the most dangerous of sand dunes.

Oran is proudly supported by an Irish brand rooted in bravery and adventure, O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey, who look forward to following his journey across the sand dunes.

As the Dakar Rally kicks off on the 5th of January and unfolds until January 19th, follow Oran O'Kelly's Instagram (@oran.okelly) for a front-row seat to the action. Cheer him on as he takes on the challenges of the Dakar Rally 2024.

For more information on the Dakar Rally visit

Slán go fóill


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