Popular Irish co-driver Thomas Maguire was tragically killed when the car he was travelling in left the road during the Knockalla stage of the 2010 Donegal International Rally.

Shane Buckley, the driver of the car, was described as being in a critical but stable condition at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Donegal Rally Clerk of the Course, Danny Gormley, said in a statement last night: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Maguire family and the family of the competitor who was injured at this very difficult time.

"Thomas loved rallying and his loss has deeply affected everyone involved in the rally. His loss will be felt by rallying fans all over the country. It was the view of everyone in the DMC that the remainder of this years rally should be cancelled as a mark of respect.”

Donegal Rally competitors and officials attended a memorial service for Thomas at the Mount Errigal Hotel this morning.

The remaining stages of the 2010 Donegal Rally were cancelled as a mark of respect to the Maguire family.

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