Supermac’s has become a key sponsor of Cannonball Ireland, with the exceptional drive around Ireland raising funds for LauraLynn House this year. Cannonball Ireland is the annual gathering of supercar enthusiasts who drive in convoy on this adventurous and picturesque road trip around Ireland, raising funds for charity. The race sets off from Merrion Square, Dublin on Friday, 14th of September with an expected jaw dropping display of Super Cars, Muscle Cars and Unique Cars. Taking place over the weekend, the race will stop in Belfast City on Friday 14th, Galway Docks on Saturday, 15th September and Kilkenny Castle on Sunday, 16th September. Competitors and spectators will be met by the Supermac’s Catering Unit in both Galway and Kilkenny where they can enjoy a hot treat. With the race in its fourth year support is anticipated to be greater again with the hope of raising much needed funds for the charity.
Speaking at the launch of Supermac’s sponsorship of Cannonball Ireland 2012, Managing Director of Supermac’s Pat McDonagh said “we’re delighted to be supporting such a spectacle which will travel around the country to raise funds for a worthy charity such as LauraLynn House. We appreciate that a great deal of organisation goes into an event of this scale and to see that being done in the name of charity is uplifting. We’d like to wish organisers and those taking part the best of luck and hope they enjoy the weekend. Supermac’s are proud to offer a home delivery service which gets food to customers almost as quick as some of these great cars could!”
To date, Cannonball Ireland has raised over €250,000 for children’s charities including Barretstown Camp. Funds raised this year will go towards Cash for Kids in Northern Ireland and Laura Lynn House in the South which supports children with life limiting conditions and their families by providing high quality transitional care, home support, respite, crisis and end-of-life care. Director of Cannonball Ireland, Alan Bannon says “We are thrilled to bring Cannonball back for 2012 and the event will be more spectacular than ever. Spectators and car enthusiasts along the route will hear the roar of the mighty convoy as they approach and all prestige cards are on view to the public as they cross the finish line at the end of each day. Now in its fourth year, Cannonball is now Europe’s largest organised road trip with drivers and celebrities from all over the world helping to raise much needed funds for Laura Lynn House”
For further information on Cannonball Ireland and the route this year’s race will travel log on to www.cannonball.ie.
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This adrenalin fuelled event is the largest organised road trip in Europe and the most exciting motoring and social event of the year with most of the world’s top mark cars such as McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Masseratti, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Over 100,000 people will line the streets all over Ireland as Cannonball blazes a trail through towns and counties north and south of the border to raise funds for Laura Lynn House which supports children with life limiting conditions and their families by providing high quality transitional care, home support, respite, crisis and end-of-life care.
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. The star-studded convoy includes some of Irelands best loved celebrities and household names. World Famous chart topper BRUNO MARS joined our own Shane Lynch in 2010, former Miss World Rosanna Davison and boyfriend Wes Quirke are annual Cannonballers whilst No Frontiers Presenter Kathryn Thomas, TV3’s Elaine Crowley also take to the roads every year. Models Georgia Salpa, Hazel O Sullivan, Emma Quinlan and Holly Carpenter have been keen Cannonballers over the years as well as DJ Steve Cooper from 98FM, Jennifer Maguire, Andy Quirke, the 2FM Ballbusters and the glamorous XPOSE girls from TV3.
Cannonball 2012 consists of 3 action packed days taking in some of Ireland’s most scenic routes both north and south of the border. On day one, Cannonball will leave Merrion square with a thunderous roar as the star-studded convoy heads up to Northern Ireland for the first time and takes a lunch stop at the beautiful Galgorm Resort and Spa in Ballymena where the cars can be viewed by car enthusiasts and fans. Cannonball then tours through Northern Ireland taking in the spectacular Giant’s Causeway on up to Glenarm Castle where the cars will once again be on display. Cannonball finally comes to rest at the iconic Titanic Belfast where the cars will be viewed against the historic backdrop of the Titanic slipways as drivers dine and then get set to party the night away at the hip Café Vaudeville in Belfast City. The event and each stop is infused with an electric atmosphere featuring Brazilian dancers, snake charmers, fire eaters, music and, of course, the unique CANNONBALL style and generosity.
On Day 2, Cannonball will make its way to Enniskillen for a lunch stop at Lough Erne Resort and then to Galway City to the cheers of thousands of fans, street entertainment, music and the electric atmosphere that Cannonball brings. On the final day, the gleaming supercars will take in Counties Clare and Limerick with a lunch stop and spectacular stunt air display at Dundrum House Hotel, Golf and Leisure Resort near Cashel in Tipperary before embarking on the final journey to the finish line in the beautiful city of Kilkenny where the roars of the engines will compete with a cheering crowd of over 10,000 people.
With people coming from as far as Italy, Germany, US, UK and Monaco, CANNONBALL 201s is set to put Ireland on the world map once again and is a firm fixture in motoring history. See www.cannonball.ie
Laura Lynn House
LauraLynn 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 27th 2011 and since then has cared for more than 105 families from all over Ireland. The hospice cares for some of Ireland’s sickest children and provides families with an all-important choice, be that as somewhere to stay during the transition from hospital to home, a place to rest from time to time or a place where their child may end their life. LauraLynn was build entirely through fundraising monies at a cost of €5.5million and is only a reality because of generous donations by members of the public and corporate organisations. The House has eight en-suite rooms for children, four family apartments as well as multi-sensory and play rooms, meeting rooms and an outdoor sensory garden.