Cannonball cars roar into Blarney

Cannonball cars roar into Blarney
A participant arrives in a Lamborghini at this years Cannonball Run in Blarney on Saturday. Picture: Cillian Kelly

CAR enthusiasts flocked to Blarney on Saturday as the annual Cannonball event roared into town.

Thousands lined the streets to get a look at the supercars taking part, with models from McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley on show.

Spectators got up close and personal with 190 of the finest cars on the planet and enjoyed the festival atmosphere.

The Monster Truck had fire breathers and tunes to get the party started.

The notorious NYPD, German Polizei and colourful Cannonballers in crazy costumes added to the excitement.

From Spider-Man to Star Wars, Cat Woman to Wonder Woman, Cheerleaders to Charlie’s Angels, Batman, The Joker and more, there was plenty to entertain the whole family.

A participant arrives at this years Cannonball Run in Blarney on Saturday. Picture: Cillian Kelly
A participant arrives at this years Cannonball Run in Blarney on Saturday. Picture: Cillian Kelly

Cannonball, sponsored by renewable energy provider Hone, is the brainchild of Kildare businessman Alan Bannon. Close to 200,000 people turned out over the three days of the event, as the Cannonball blazed a trail through Dublin, Cavan, Donegal, Mayo, Spanish Point, Blarney, Cork, Tramore, Kilkenny, and Wexford — taking in Ireland’s Ancient East, Hidden Heartlands, and Wild Atlantic Way.

The convoy left Cork, heading for the Vee Drive and on to Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny before finishing in Wexford.

It is estimated that the event contributes more than €2.5m to the Irish economy each year.

As well as providing an entertaining display as it passed around the country, the event also raises funds for charity, with more that €1m raised since the first Irish event in 2009.

The official charity of Cannonball 2018 is ISPCC Childline.

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