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Cannonball brings thousands to Claremorris


CAVALCADE The Cannonball string of high performance cars cross the Railway Bridge in the centre of Claremorris on Saturday evening.

Cory Kilbane

Cannonball arrived back to Mayo last weekend as it made its first ever pitstop in the town of Claremorris.
One hundred and ninety top of the range cars such as Ferraris, Lamborginis, McLarens and Porsches were on show to the spectators who braved the wintery conditions on the day.
The cars were worth an estimated €32 million and spectators were allowed to get a close look at them.
Speaking to The Mayo News on Monday, Jimmy Flynn of the Claremorris Chamber of Commerce said, “The event was extremely positive for the area. Today (Monday) there has been a cloud cast over the town with the fatalities in Claremorris this lunchtime, but undeniably the event was great for the town.  
“There were a couple of thousand people on the streets and it brought great colour. The event was very well organised and it was well run by all involved. Cannonball has passed through the streets of Claremorris on a couple of occasions but it was fantastic that they had their pitstop here this year,” he added.
Triple Platinum selling singer songwriter Paddy Casey provided the musical entertainment on the outdoor stage, with a free concert for spectators where he sang some of his biggest hits.
Also on show on the day was The Hone Energy Transformer Truck. The truck, which is a great attraction for kids, is a gigantic rig that came from the Netherlands and it transformed into a three-story play zone for children.
“Overall the day was a fantastic one,” Flynn said.

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