Rally driver Rosemary Smith really impressed people on The Tommy Tiernan Show last night

She drove professionally for almost 66 years!
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ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER episode of The Tommy Tiernan Show.

This week, international rally and race driver Rosemary Smith, who shot to fame in the 1960s when she took the male-dominated world of motor sport by storm.

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Things didn’t get off to a great start, when Tommy admitted he didn’t recognise her.

You don’t recognise me? I’m disgusted.”

She showed Tommy a montage of all of her previous wins, declaring defiantly:

I like driving fast. Very fast.”

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Initally, her attempts to make it in the sport were scoffed at by her male competitors, saying she was dismissed as a “dumb blonde”.

It took a long time for the men to actually, to accept me that I was one of them.”

Tommy was suitably impressed to learn that Rosemary drove professionally from the age of 14 until just last year.

She began her career as a fashion designer. However, when a client made a request for clothes for rally driving, her interest was piqued.

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When Tommy asked her about her relationship with danger, she admitted: “We don’t get on very well.”

Although, she seemed keen to downplay her previous accidents:

I tumbled down a few mountains.”

If you’re going to do it,  you’ve got to be prepared for it.”

She recounted a crash at a Monte Carlo rally, under particularly poor weather conditions, in which she ended up crashing into a tree, hanging upside down.

I was alright!”

We’ll let Tommy’s face do the talking here.

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She also admitted she met loads of interesting men throughout her career, but she doesn’t kiss and tell, natch.

Twitter was very taken with her as well:

Rosemary Smith – a hero for Ireland. <3

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