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Monday, 19th August 2019

Cannonball supercars to stop off in Slane

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Cannonball founder Alan Bannon from Kiltale in County Meath pictured with members of Style Warriors at the launch of Cannonball 2019 which is stopping of at Slane on September 8th with proceeds to the Irish Cancer Society.  Picture: Andres Poveda.

Love Islanders and Corrie stars expected to join in the fun

When Cannonball, the supercar event of the year, rolls into Slane Castle and Village on September 8th it will be a homecoming of sorts for the charity event founder Alan Bannon who is from Kiltale.

Alan is delighted to be bringing the spectacular event to his home county with proceeds to the Irish Cancer Society.

"We have fantastic plans for the event” he said. "We have some brilliant surprises in store with special guest stars and some really incredible cars.  It will be a fantastic free family day out." 

Cannonball, fuelled by milesPlus from Circle K, will start at Malahide in Dublin on September 6th and top marque cars including McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley will blaze a trail through Killarney, Limerick, Ballina, Sligo and Slane with the finish line in Edenderry, Co Offaly. 

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The cars will roll into Slane Castle at 2pm on Sunday September 8th where they will attempt to set a world record for the highest revs ever recorded.

There will be opportunities for spectators to view the event in Slane Village and also in Slane Castle. 

There are FREE tickets available on Eventbrite to view the cars at Slane Castle but there is also an opportunity to see the cars at 3.30pm when the convoy goes through Slane Village with the electric atmosphere that Cannonball has become renowned for.

Alan's original inspiration for this massive event was actually from his Mum Bridget Bannon and his sister Sylvia Cummins from Dunsaney who were involved with Barretstown Camp nine years ago when the event was conceived.

Since then, Cannonball has raised over €1m for various charities but it all began with Barretstown. It was a huge undertaking but the event is going from strength to strength and every year Alan's parents Bridget and Liam Bannon are a huge support and beam with pride as Cannonball wows fans all over the country.

Spectators will enjoy the unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for and it is a free family day out. The Brazilian Dancers will bring all the glamour of carnival, fire breathers, street entertainers, live music and free giveaways get the party started as the largest screens in Ireland shows live footage as crowds gather to welcome the event from about 5pm on Sunday the 8th.  The cars will be on display until approximately 8pm. 

Cannonball is always a star studded event and this year there are reports that some Love Islanders and Corrie stars will be joining the ranks.  The notorious NYPD, German Polizei, The Cannonball Pope, a very outrageous President Trump and colourful Cannonballers in crazy costumes add to the melee.  From Spiderman to Star Wars, Cat Woman to Wonder Woman, Cheerleaders to Charlie’s Angels, Batman, The Joker and more, it is a totally unique and free family day out.

This year the charity benefactor is the Irish Cancer Society.  The charity funds lifesaving cancer research and a range of free support services for people affected by cancer.  Cannonball will be fuelled by milesPlus from Circle K as the main headline Sponsor for 2019.  Tour Sponsors include Manhattan Popcorn, Asystec and Hone.  Cannonball official partners include Bonavox, AB Signs, Keanes Jewellers, Ballyseedy, Duke Energy Drinks, Karl Goodwin Motors, Krystle, BMW and Windsor Motors.

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