CANNONBALL rolled into Kilkenny at 4.30pm on Sunday with the thunderous roar of 150 super cars in a dramatic finish to the final stage of this spectacular event. The star-studded convoy went coast to coast, north and south of the border this year with 150 of the finest cars on the planet and left Dundrum House Hotel in Co Tipperary at 3pm after its final pitstop to make its way to Kilkenny.
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, Masseratti, Rolls Royce and Bentley. There was an electric atmosphere as the cars finally come to a stop and passed through the finish on The Parade and after this epic three day event and cars were available for viewing in the Castle park. Live music, colourful Brazilian dancers, snake charmers, and festivities filled the air as over 10,000 people lined the streets of the Parade. The Cannonballers rested up in Kilkenny overnight and enjoyed the beautiful Medieval City and all it has to offer.
Cannonball is the brainchild of AB Signs proprietor, Alan Bannon and is now in its fourth year having already risen over a quarter of a million euro for Children’s charities. Over 100,000 people lined the streets all over Ireland as Cannonball, sponsored by XSDirect.com, blazed a trail through towns and counties to raise funds for LauraLynn - Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice which supports children with life limiting conditions and their families by providing high quality transitional care, home support, respite, crisis and end-of-life care. Now in its fourth year, Cannonball is more popular than ever and is now Europe’s largest organised road trip with drivers and celebrities from all over the world helping to raise much needed funds for Laura Lynn House.