Last year an array of stunning cars took over Kilkenny City and this weekend it’s all due to happen again. It’s all part of Cannonball, the brainchild of AB Signs proprietor Alan Bannon.
It’s the fourth year of the event and to date has risen over a quarter of a million euro for children’s charities.
Over 100,000 people will line the streets all over Ireland as the event, sponsored by XSDirect.com, blazes a trail through towns and counties to raise money for Laura Lynn House, which supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families by providing high-quality transitional care, home support, respite, crisis care and end-of-life care.
This adrenalin fuelled event is the largest organised road trip in Europe and the most exciting motoring and social event of the year with most of the world’s top mark cars such as McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley.
It’s quite exciting that organisers have again chosen Kilkenny as the destination and the convoy will arrive into the city centre 4.30pm this Sunday with the thunderous roar of 150 super cars in a dramatic finish to the final stage.
At different stages the star-studded convoy includes some of Ireland’s best loved celebrities and household names. World-famous chart-topper Bruno Mars joined Ireland’s own Shane Lynch in 2010, former Miss World Rosanna Davison and boyfriend Wes Quirke are annual Cannonballers while No Frontiers presenter Kathryn Thomas and TV3’s Elaine Crowley also take to the roads every year. Models Georgia Salpa, Hazel O’Sullivan, Emma Quinlan and Holly Carpenter have been keen Cannonballers, as have DJ Steve Cooper from 98FM, Jennifer Maguire, Andy Quirke, the 2FM Ballbusters and the glamorous XPOSÉ girls from TV3.
With people coming from as far as Italy, Germany, the US, UK and Monaco, this event is set to put Ireland on the world map once again and is a firm fixture in motoring history. See www.cannonball.ie.