as the title says ?? i really hope not as i am probably his biggest fan , has he ever publicly announced his retirement at end of 05 ?? Only consolation is if gareth takes over the focus as stated in an other thread, as already he looks a chip of the old block .. even so it will still be an end of an era of the sport that i grew up loving with bertie and frank gone and now mc hale hanging up the boots for me irish rallying will never have the same draw again , for sure eugene has charisma and is already recieving hero like support but the rest dmg ,mc nulty, boland etc will never be held in same esteem .