Cannonball is an action-packed supercar spectacle, with proceeds going to The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. This year the Lamborghini played a starring role with the largest ever number of Lamborghinis in Ireland at one time.
Cannonball offers spectators a unique opportunity to witness the world’s most prestigious and sought-after supercars up close and enjoy the unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for. It is the largest organised road trip in Europe featuring the finest cars on the planet from the awe-inspiring power of Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren to the grace and elegance of Porsche, Aston Martin, and Maserati.
Having already raised €1,538,602 for Irish Charities, this year the official charity of Cannonball is The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation – an Irish children’s charity that funds and delivers in-home nursing care, respite support and end-of-life care for children who have highly complex and life-limiting medical conditions.
Cannonball brings a unique and inimitable electric atmosphere to host towns all over the country making it a widely-anticipated free family event for spectators. Brazilian Dancers, giant screens, music and fanfare brings all the glamour of carnival and live DJs, bands and festivals in host towns around the country get the party started. The Cannonballers and celebrities in colourful 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 free family day out.
The main event kicked off at Malahide Castle on Friday morning September 15, taking in a fuel stop in Circle K in Kells Co Meath before blazing a trail to Cavan for a stop at the Slieve Russell Hotel and then heading on to Ballina, Co Mayo for the first overnight stop. Saturday saw the convoy travel to Salthill Hotel Co Galway, then onwards to Pery Square Limerick City. On the final day, the spectacular line up of cars headed onwards to Cork and Fota Island Resort before a big dramatic final finish line in Kilkenny City.
Cannonball was founded by Kildare businessman Alan Bannon and the benefit to the host towns for this event is estimated at €2,567,000 per year. Cannonball is fuelled by milesPLUS from Circle K as the main headline Sponsor for 2023. milesPLUS is Circle K’s premium fuel which delivers increased power and acceleration for a superior driving experience. miles and milesPLUS is Ireland’s only AA quality approved fuel and is only available at Circle K. The Tour Sponsor this year is Apache Pizza and Cannonball official partners include Karl Goodwin Motors, AB Signs, HONE Energy, Majestic Ireland Road Trips, Capital Switchgear, Combilift and SILENT-AIRE.
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