Dublin’s new Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn recently launched an anniversary reissue of Brendan Lynch’s book, Triumph of the Red Devil - The 1903 Irish Gordon Bennett Cup Race.
Triumph of the Red Devil is the definitive lap-by-lap account of the 327-mile race which took place on a circuit centred on Athy. Drivers included Selwyn Edge, Rene de Knyff and Fernand Gabriel.
The Lord Mayor said: “We are indebted to Brendan who worked so diligently on his celebration of such a significant event in Irish sporting, motoring and social history. He also deserves great credit for his three books on Dublin’s literary history, including the newly-published City of Writers”.
Sponsored by Mercedes, the launch attendance included former international Rally winner, Rosemary Smith. Also, retired racing drivers Don Kissane and Larry Mooney, Mercedes chief executive, Stephen Byrne, members of motoring clubs and the Belgian ambassador, Robert Devriese.
Emer Costello MEP also spoke. After praising Margie Lynch’s encouragement of her husband’s work, she recalled; “We are now very much a European nation. But in July 110 years ago, Europe came to Ireland, when the best drivers in the world contested the Gordon Bennett Cup. Even James Joyce was moved to write a story in Dubliners about the event and he mentioned racewinner Jenatzy in Ulysses”.
A native of Toomevara, Brendan Lynch represented Tipperary in cycle racing and raced cars for three years.