Martin Birrane

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[1]Martin Birrane (born 19 August 1935) is an Irish millionaire, and owner of Lola Cars and the Mondello Park racetrack. Born in Ballina, County Mayo in 1935, and educated at St. Muredach's College, in Ballina, Birrane made his money in property development. He personally competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours ten times, winning the GT class in 1985. In 1990, he set the then Irish land speed record of 176 mph (283 km/h) on the then unopened Westlink in Dublin.[2] He owned Team Ireland, a NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, from 1991 to 1992.[3] He currently lives in Gibraltar. The Sunday Times Rich List 2011 values him at €85 million.


  1. ^ The Sunday Tribune 26 June 1988 Vincent Browne
  2. ^ Irish Times, November 9, 1990
  3. ^ Stout, Harold (May 3, 1992). "Aiming High". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, AL). p. C1. Retrieved 2013-09-12.