Network Cork January Event: Driving It Forward!

Posted on: 14 February 2019

Resilient … Determined … Driven … all words that describe Rosemary Smith perfectly.

Rosemary Smith has had a long and successful career behind the wheel. She drove in the Monte Carlo Rally eight times and competed in rallies all over the world including the London to Mexico Rally in 1970 and the East African Safari Rally in the 1970s. She famously won the Tulip Rally outright, beating all the male drivers to the finish line. She later set up a driving school to teach young people to drive in a safe and secure environment.

She has had an extraordinary career in the male-dominated world of rally driving and she held on to that career when it wasn’t really ‘allowed’ for a woman in Ireland. She won many accolades and also faced some challenges. What drove her?

Rosemary joined Network Cork to tell her remarkable story in Triskel Arts Centre on Wednesday 9 January.