Cahir Cannonball Festival an overwhelming success

Wes Quirke and Rosanna Davidson at Cannonball in Cahir
On Sunday September 14th from 1pm, Cahir was a spectacular sight as 160 of the finest cars on the planet roared into town for Cannonball 2014.

On Sunday September 14th from 1pm, Cahir was a spectacular sight as 160 of the finest cars on the planet roared into town for Cannonball 2014.

Ireland’s glitterati and celebrities were out in force for CANNONBALL, the adrenalin-fuelled action- packed supercar spectacle born in Ireland six years ago.

Once again people flocked in their thousands to Cahir to soak up the festival atmosphere and get up close and take pictures with top mark cars such as McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Masseratti, Rolls Royce and Bentley.

Cahir hosted the two day ‘Gravity’ festival in the Inch field beside the castle in conjunction with Cannonball and in aid of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

CANNONBALL went up a gear once again this year with 160 Supercars worth an estimated €25 million, the highest ever number of top mark cars, which blazed a trail through Dublin, Cavan, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Tipperary with a dramatic finish line in Tullamore, Co Offaly on September 14th.

On Saturday 13th “Gravity” hosted an all day Music Festival with headliners such as Paddy Casey, Bressie, Ham Sandwich and many more. On Sunday 14th at 1pm the famous Cannonball Supercars and celebrity drivers roared into town. This was a fun-filled day with performances by various local artists, children’s entertainment and traders’ village. In the evening a Soap Box Derby was held on the main streets of the town with participants competing for the prize pool of €1,000 kindly sponsored by Woodview Service Station. Following this there was a Ball Drop, an exciting fundraising finale to the weekend, with a grand prize of €2,000.

The atmosphere was electric with 450 colourful Cannonballers in wild costumes and Celebrities including Boyzone’s Shane Lynch, Corrie heart throb Ryan Thomas and co-star Martin Hancock, MTV’s Mathew Pritchard (Dirty Sanchez), Monster Drifters Luke Woodham & Butsy Butler, Actor Simon Delaney, Rosanna Davison & Wes Quirke, Roz Purcell, Nicola Hughes, Emma Quinlan, 2FMs Ryan Tubridy, Nicky Byrne, Eoghan McDermott, Colm Hayes and UK reality Star Matt Peacock, Mr Ireland Karl Bowe and many more.

The gleaming convoy drove through 850KM of Irish open roads from September 12th to 14th but this year the spectacular convoy was more impressive than ever with Festivals all over the country and a quarter of the supercars coming in from the UK, Europe and even Dubai with the highest ever number of top mark cars.

Over 100,000 people lined the streets as CANNONBALL roared through towns and counties in spectacular style with FREE family friendly festivals all over the country. Each start and finish line at each host town was infused with an electric atmosphere featuring Brazilian dancers, live music, DJs, The Monster Energy JAM Truck, local entertainers and dignitaries, confetti cannons, lots of Manhattan popcorn, Cannonball official merchandise and, of course, the unmistakable roar of 160 supercars. CANNONBALL 6 raised money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation which is a children’s charity that grants magical wishes to children between the ages of 3 - 17 years with life-threatening medical conditions. The Route showcased beautiful villages, towns and famous Irish Landmarks to both Irish and foreign Cannonballers and fans. The benefit to the Irish economy of this event is estimated at €2,567,000 and most of this is spread evenly throughout the towns visited.