Kilkenny to host finish line for Cannonball run

CANNONBALL will arrive into Kilkenny at 4.30pm on Sunday with the thunderous roar of 150 “super cars” in a dramatic finish to the final stage of the event.

CANNONBALL will arrive into Kilkenny at 4.30pm on Sunday with the thunderous roar of 150 “super cars” in a dramatic finish to the final stage of the event.

The star-studded convoy is going coast to coast north and south of the border this year with 150 of the finest cars on the planet. It is due to leave Dundrum House Hotel in County Tipperary at 3pm after its final pit stop to make its way to Kilkenny.

This adrenalin-fuelled event is the largest organised road trip in Europe and is a key 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.

There promises to be an electric atmosphere as the cars pass through a dramatic finish in Kilkenny City after an epic three-day event, and cars will be available for viewing on the Parade. Live music, Brazilian dancers, snake charmers and festivities will fill the air as over 10,000 people are expected to line the streets of the Parade. The Cannonballers will then rest up in Kilkenny overnight and no doubt enjoy the medieval city of Kilkenny 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 are expected to line the streets all over Ireland as Cannonball, 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 transitional care, home support, respite, crisis care and end-of-life care.

Laura Lynn House is Ireland’s only children’s hospice and is based at the Children’s Sunshine Home in Leopardstown ,Dublin. It opened its doors on September 2011 and since then has cared for more than 105 families from all over Ireland.

Laura Lynn was built entirely through fund-raising money at a cost of €5.5 million and exists thanks to donations by members of the public and corporate organisations. The house has eight en-suite rooms for children, four family apartments, multi-sensory and play rooms, meeting rooms and an outdoor sensory garden.