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Glanmire revving up for bike race

MORE than 3,000 people are expected to arrive in Glanmire in August for what has been described as a “major” economic event for the area.

The Munster 100 Race will take place over the August bank holiday Sunday and Monday on a circuit that takes in Killalough Cross, Crush, and Annacarton.

The motorcycle event dates back to 1940 and has taken place intermittently over the years — in Carrigrohane after the Second World War and on the southern road to Kinsale between 1977 and 1985.

It then moved to Clonakilty but did not go ahead between 1993 and 2010.

It moved to Glanmire in 2013 but was again taken off the race calendar in following years but it is now set to return this year.

Local councillor Ger Keohane said Cork County Council has played a big part in ensuring the event goes ahead this year with road improvements in Glanmire key to the staging of the race.

“Only for Cork County Council, I don’t think this event would go ahead,” he told The Echo.

“The council has done works on 1,000 metres of the L6986 road and 800 metres on the R639. These areas have been made safe for the high-powered motorbikes.

“It will be of major economic benefit to Glanmire. They expect between 3,000 and 3,500 people coming into the area for the weekend.”