Cannonball roars into Kinnitty

CANNONBALL in aid of Barretstown is back and ready to roll into Offaly.

CANNONBALL in aid of Barretstown is back and ready to roll into Offaly.

For the first time, Cannonball will stop at Kinnitty Castle on Sunday, September 11 at 1.30pm and staff of Kinnitty will dress in Medieval Costumes to welcome car enthusiasts, families and fans who will be able to get up close to their favorite supercars totally free of charge.

A spectacular air display will wow visitors by champion aerobatic pilot Eddie Goggins as live music, children’s entertainment and old style Thrashing takes place on the ground.

A big barbeque and special Cannonball menu will be available for Sunday Lunch at Kinnitty and a giant custom built clown Hot Air Balloon will be a magnificent spectacle as the sky is the limit for this event.

Miss Offaly Theresa Casserly just back from representing Beauty All Ways Salon in Edenderry at the recent Miss Ireland Pageant will welcome Cannonball to County Offaly while

Blueball native and Cannonball organiser Maree Gorman is bringing this spectacular event back to her own turf.

The unmissable Cannonball convoy will leave the stunningly beautiful Kinnitty Castle at 3.30pm and head for the Medieval City of Kilkenny. It will be with great pride that Cannonballers from Ireland bring visitors through the midlands and the Slieve Bloom rolling hills, renowned as being the birthplace and early home of legendary Finn MaCool along with being the spawning ground of the Salmon of Knowledge which brought him the wisdom of the world. See

Over 100,000 spectators will line the streets around Ireland in anticipation of this most spectacular event. Over the last 2 years the Cannonball sponsored by Stobart Ireland has successfully raised over €235,000 for Barretstown to help rebuild the lives of children affected by childhood cancer.

Cannonball was founded by Naas Businessman Alan Bannon of AB signs who has run the event for the last three years. It is now largest organised road trip in Europe.

Cannonball consists of three action packed days taking in some of Ireland’s most scenic routes, famous castles, charming towns and villages.

The star-studded convoy, including some of Irelands best loved celebrities and household names Cannonball is Ireland’s most glamorous and exciting event and Europe’s largest organised road trip.

World Famous chart topper Bruno Mars was joined last year by Ireland’s own Shane Lynch, former Miss World Rosanna Davison and boyfriend Wes Quirke, No Frontiers Presenter Kathryn Thomas, TV3’s Elaine Crowley and Aisling O Loughlan, Models Georgia Salpa, Hazel O’Sullivan and Emma Quinlan.

Newly crowned Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter will be joining Cannonball 2011 as well as DJ Steve Cooper from 98FM, the 2 FM Ballbusters, the Red Bull Wing team and the stunning CityJet girls in uniform.