KILLARNEY was transformed into Monaco, with a Mardi Gras twist, when a cool €42 million worth of super cars and novelty cars roared into town for the Cannonball Run.
Top mark cars including McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley blazed a trail from Malahide to Killarney where there was an overnight stop before the colourful cavalcade took off again for Limerick, Ballina, Sligo, Slane and Edenderry.
Organisers said one of the biggest welcomes of all was in Killarney where celebrities included Love Island celebrity Tom Walker, Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, a frighteningly realistic President Trump and a very attractive Pope – complete with a cool Popemobile.
The awesome sight of those rare supercars, Brazilian dancers and all the colourful Cannonballers in costume wowed the spectators that lined the streets of Killaney for the occasion.
Alan Bannon, founder of Cannonball Ireland, remarked: “We were absolutely blown away by the welcome we got in Killarney and we extend a special thanks to the Brehon Hotel and the Gleneagle for their hospitality. Nothing was a problem for them and they went the extra mile and more.
He also thanked Killarney community activist and motor enthusiast, Dermot Healy, for his constant help and support both on the day and the lead up to the event.
“It was an incredible feeling and everybody talked about the warm welcome, generosity to our charity and remarkable friendliness of the people of Killarney,” Alan said.
The benefit to the Irish economy and host towns of this event is estimated at €2,567,000 per year and the event has already raised €1,016,000 for Irish charities. This year this figure will increase by another six figures when the final numbers are counted. In 2019, the charity benefactor is the Irish Cancer Society which funds lifesaving cancer research and a range of free support services for people affected by cancer.
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