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Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 4:55pm

A legion of gift-bearing motorcycles will sweep through Cork city this Sunday afternoon.

The bikers will be participating in the 27th annual Cork Christmas Toy Run which will see hundreds of motorcyclists hitting the tarmac to raise funds and gather gifts for a number of worthy causes.

The run, which is organised by Shamrock Rose Motorcycle Club (MCC), will kick off at 2pm sharp from the Two Mile Inn, Midleton, with a garda and marshall escort and will head for Cork city where it will traverse the quays before rolling to a halt at the Old Distillery Car Park on the North Mall.

Speaking to the Cork Independent Anne Gabriel, one of the event’s organiser at Shamrock Rose MCC, said: “It really is a spectacle to see than many motorcycles driving up the quays. Anybody at all with a motorbike can show up, whether it’s a Honda 50 or a trike, all are welcome. Last year we had 500 motorcyclists attend, and every year we get more and more, so we are just hoping the weather will stay dry and maybe it could go up to 800.

“People are even coming from Kerry and Limerick and Tipperary now, and it’s actually become the biggest motorcycle run in the country,” added Ms Gabriel.

While all physical gifts donated will go to Barnardos Children’s Charity Cork and Penny Dinners, any money raised from donations, raffle tickets and auctions will go to the Children’s Leukaemia Association Cork.

Ms Gabriel said: “We started the auction about two years ago and it has been very successful. This year we have two particularly fabulous items for auction that are very exciting.

“We have a rugby ball signed by the Munster rugby team and we have a mini motor bike, brand new in the box, which is a fantastic item.”

Once parked up, bikers and spectators alike can enjoy some food and live music at the Franciscan Well where donations will be dropped off and raffles and auctions will be finalised.

All motorcycles owners are invited to participate in the Toy Run by bringing a new, unwrapped gifts for a child, teenager or adult or a cash donation to Midleton on Sunday.

“It takes place on the second Sunday of December every year without fail. Mark it in your calendars because it will go on forever I’d say,” concluded Ms Gabriel.

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