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Cannonball to roar into town

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 4:39pm

A tasty sandwich is likely to be the least the participants of Cannonball 2019 expect when they make a pitstop at Ballymaloe in September. The famed East Cork village has been confirmed as the first pitstop on the official route for Cannonball 2019.

Super cars will make an entrance to the rebel county with thousands flocking to Ballymaloe from home and abroad to see the spectacle and enjoy the free family event in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

Cannonball 2019 will start at Malahide in Dublin this year on 6 September at 10.30am and then blaze a trail through Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Mayo, Sligo, Meath and Offaly.

Fans will meet the drivers and celebrities and get up close and personal with the world’s top mark cars such as McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley. The benefit to the Irish economy and host towns of this event is estimated at €2,567,000 per year.

Spectators can enjoy a festival atmosphere with Brazilian dancers, fire breathers, street entertainers, live music and free giveaways as the largest screen in Ireland shows footage of the event. The notorious NYPD, German Polizei, Fr Willie and colourful Cannonballers in crazy costumes are set to add to the melee.

Celebrity Cannonballers over the years include Boyzone’s Shane Lynch, Miss World Rosanna Davison and husband Wes Quirke, Glenda Gilson, Rachel Allen, Kathryn Thomas, Miriam O’Callaghan, Georgia Salpa, Holly Carpenter, Roz Purcell, Nadia Forde, Ryan Tubridy, Mick Galway and Gerald Keane.

This year, organisers are looking for novelty cars, muscle cars and classics as well as supercars so check out cannonball.ie to register your interest and check routes and all details.

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