Cannonball stops rolling but funds must still roll in

Jaylinn and Harper O’Leary enjoying last year’s Cannonball Run in Killarney

KILLARNEY has been a firm favourite location for the spectacular Cannonball super car event since it began 12 years ago as locals got an opportunity to get up close and personal with 190 of the finest cars on the planet.

The dream machines that rolled into town included McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley and they were the focal point for a very unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for.

Alas, the event has been cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19 but it leaves the benefiting charities in a bit of a bind.

Look who came to town with the previous Cannonball

Over the years Cannonball has raised €1,125,000 for various causes and children’s charity Barnardos were thrilled to be chosen as the official beneficiary for 2020.

Cannonball have teamed up with Barnardos to try to bridge the fundraising gap and there has been a GoFundMe Page set up and a nationwide appeal has ben launched for donations. To contribute, search for ‘Barnardos Urgent Appeal’ on

Mary Gamble of Barnardos said: Right now, Barnardos needs help more than ever before as many of our fundraising activities have been cancelled or postponed because of Covid-19”.

She said the pandemic has led to additional challenges to many families who are now struggling to cope.

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