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What's on in Sligo

On what was a gorgeous sunny Friday evening last, Sligo Town hosted a spectacular sight as 160 of the finest cars on the planet crossed the finish line on one of the stages of Cannonball 2014. Complete with dancers and fire eaters, the premier event was experienced by thousands of spectators that had lined Sligo’s streets.

Friday was fancy dress day for the Cannonball entourage. Spectators not only enjoyed the viewing of cars worth over €25 million, but were entertained by an array of colourful characters that were only too happy to mix and mingle, and show the best of automotive engineering.

Luxury cars included McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Masseratti, Rolls Royce and Bentley. There was also of a line-up of ‘classic supercars’ from the 70s, 80s and 90’s, mixing the old with the new.

This was a spectacular family-friendly occasion, and Sligo’s Cathaoirleach Joe Queenan and Mayor Tom McSharry were lucky enough to be passengers in a Ferrari and Bentley as they crossed the line.

Commenting on the event, both gentlemen agreed that events such as this bring a certain vitality and interest back into the town centre. Mayor McSharry said “Over 300 local hotel rooms were booked and 500 drivers sampled Sligo’s night-life. It was a great business event for the town”.

The Cannonball event was sponsored by Sligo County Council and Sligo Business District Project (funded under the EU’s INTERREG Iva Cross-border Programme).

Town Centre Coordinator, Gail McGibbon was delighted with the audience turnout, and complimented the professional organisation from the Local Authority, Gardai and business community.

“Sligo continues to demonstrate it’s versatility as a compact, connected open-air venue. And when we get opportunities to support events that do such good work for charity, it makes it very special indeed” said McGibbon.


Editors Notes:

About Make-A-Wish


Make-A-Wish Ireland grants wishes to children aged 3 to 17 years who are battling life threatening medical conditions. Wish children have suffered more than any child should and deserve to be granted their special wish as a reward for battling their illnesses which includes Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Brain Tumors, Heart Conditions and many more. They desperately need a break from the routine of hospitals, injections and treatments. Make-A-Wish Ireland has granted wishes for over 1,500 children since 1992. Each wish has a powerful impact, not only on the wish child, but also on their family and the community as a whole. Make-A-Wish Ireland ensures that all immediate family members participate to provide long-lasting and happy memories.  The charity does not receive any government funding but relies completely on the generosity and support of people and organisations. Currently, there are over 200 children waiting for their wish. The partnership with Cannonball will go a long way to helping reduce this list and the charity encourages as many people as possible to support the event and help grant many special wishes to our brave wish children.

Sligo Business District Project

  • Sligo Business District Project (SBDP) is a partnership between Sligo County Council and other Local Authorities in Northern Ireland and Scotland who were successful in securing funding through the European Regional Development Fund’s INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme, for a Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Project, in their respective towns and cities.
  • The BIDs project was awarded £716,000 in funding and is one of five North East Partnership projects. Partners involved in the project include; Ballymena (Lead Partner), Coleraine, Larne, Sligo and Ayr. For Further information contact Gail McGibbon Town Centre Co-ordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IV designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.
  • The INTERREG IVA Programme, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is worth €256 million and aims to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders. It has two distinct priority measures to create cooperation for a more prosperous and sustainable cross-border region.
  • For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu.

A project supported by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body

Best Western & Montenotte


The Montenotte Hotel enjoys a superb location overlooking Cork city. Unique in so many ways; extensive free customer parking, minutes walk to the city centre, bright elevated position set in the quiet residential area of ... Montenotte. Whether for business or for leisure, The Montenotte Hotel is your perfect address when staying in Cork.

Style and Ambience

The Montenotte Hotel captures the true essence of Cork city combining a contemporary boutique hotel feel with a charming old world twist. Relaxing surroundings with a warm welcoming atmosphere.


Enjoy the laid back feeling of the Vista Lounge & Vista Grill with full length window views of the city. Guests can avail of food all day in the Vista or evening a la carte in the Bistro, Sunday carvery lunch. Keep fit in our Precor equipped Leisure Club or take a swim in our 20 metre deck level pool. Steam Room, Jacuzzi & Sauna also within the Leisure Club. We can highly recommend our partners in business at The Boardwalk Bar & Grill if guests would like to pre book dinner in Cork s newest dining experience. A classic American steakhouse & late night bar. Outstanding service and an atmosphere like nowhere else.


Whether a casual get together over cappuccino in the Vista or a business boardroom meeting for 10 to 100. We can offer a choice of meeting suites at very competitive rates. The Montenotte Hotel is the perfect business base for corporate travellers with extensive parking, access to wifi and refreshingly realistic B&B rates.


Unwind in our Leisure Club where you can have a full work out or swim in our 20 metre pool, relax in the Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Take a 5 minute walk into the city centre where you can experience a shoppers paradise.

Website: View The Montenotte Hotel Website

4x4 Exporter

We have clients for 4×4 and luxury vehicles all over the world from the UK to Europe and as far away as Dubai, Africa and Australia. We deal with garages and auction houses around the world and offer clients all types of 4×4 off-road and luxury vehicles.

We are a Galway, Ireland based export company, operating since 2004. We have clients for 4×4 and luxury vehicles all over the world from the UK to Europe and as far away as Dubai, Africa and Australia. We deal with garages and auction houses around the world and offer clients all types of 4×4 off-road and luxury vehicles.


37 Dawson Street



Excellent food, amazing service (so much so I still can’t believe it) and real interaction with the customers. Atmosphere changes from day to night so depending on what you’re looking for it could sway your decision to go here. What do I mean? Day into evening – great place to chill out. Night time – packed solid thurs to sunday.


Popped in here to see what it was like and Wow! The decor is brilliant – zany, classical and very different – all is a positive way! There’s an intimate piano bar away from the maddening crowds; the bar is like walking in to your living room with beer on tap, the service is excellent.


This is a new bar on Dawson Street that has really gone far in developing its character. It is full of antiques and crazy things, with plenty of animal heads on the walls. I went with friends for drinks and thought it was a cool little place with very friendly staff. It seems to be doing well, too, because on a rainy Sunday it was pretty packed.

Website: www.37dawsonstreet.ie

Phone: +353 (0) 1 902 2908

Auto Key

Based in Dublin, Autokey.ie is Irelands leading authority on automotive key coding and diagnostics.

We offer a complete vehicle key coding service for all vehicles including motorcycles and trucks – even if you have lost all keys for your vehicle. The highly specialised technical knowledge required for this type of work means that, unfortunately a lot of vehicle dealerships can, and do, run into problems when either coding keys or integrating their immobilisers into the vehicles engine ecu or instrument cluster (dashboard).

When a problem arises most workshops will lack the technology and electronic expertise to deal with these problems and will call us.

We are regularly called in to repair problems after others have failed – in fact we have had vehicles brought to us from all over Ireland and the UK for specialised work to be carried out,

Our aim is to offer a unique service to the motorist and a more cost effective way for the motorist to deal with key coding ,electrical and diagnostic solutions,

Our research and development into the ever developing key coding industry, means that we are at the forefront in transponder solutions and offer a service unique from other locksmiths around the world.

We are also pioneers in the art of opening vehicles using electronic methods ensuring there is no damage caused to your vehicle.

We hope this gives you an insight into our business and our expertise, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


Solus is an Irish owned company that has been established for over eighty years. Renowned for its quality products they are used in a wide variety of application throughout industry and domestic households.

Innovative products and ideas has insured that today Solus is the leading lighting company in Ireland. The team at Solus take pride in our customer service and strive for complete customer satisfaction. As part of this service a next working day delivery nationwide is offered for all Solus products. So whether you’re in Skibbereen or Killybegs we’ve got you covered.


AB Signs

AB Signs provides a broad range of services to suit your specific needs...
We work across a broad corporate sector diversifying in all aspects of business, working from the small SME's to the large multinationals.


RTE 2FM - Media Partner of Cannonball 2014

Cannonball are delighted to have RTE 2FM onboard as our media partner. They will keeping the public up to date with news of the event.

2fm will be broadcasting LIVE form The Point Village this Friday from 9-2pm, to celebrate the start of the Cannonball Run 2014. To get us in the mood for the spectacle of all those Lambourghinis and Ferraris - Dave Fanning is talking Supercars and the Movies now..


The name B P MITCHELL will be a common site to most highway commuters by the never ending stream of BPM branded lorries traveling up and down the major motorways of the home counties. It’s hard to imagine those heady early days when there was only a single lorry doing all the hard graft and earning a solid days work for its owner, Brendan Mitchell. The current fleet boasts over 60 lorries and the tally is rising, due to the growing needs of our clients and the need for land hungry development projects.

Brendan Mitchell is a family man and a ‘hands on’ professional who feels more comfortable in a pair of muddy Caterpillar boots behind the wheel of a truck rather than being cooped behind a desk in his office. This ‘down to earth’ ethos underpins his working day, making his company one of the UK’s leading contractors to the building and construction industry.

The foundational principles of ‘service quality’ and ‘absolute reliability’ still drive the business forward with energy and enthusiasm, a feature that is imbibed by all the dedicated BPM team. The company motto ‘Whatever - Whenever’, clearly demonstrates BPM’s commitment to its loyal clients to whom this website is dedicated.


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Carzone.ie is part of AutoTrader UK, a leading multimedia group with successful operations in the UK and Ireland. Carzone.ie is Ireland’s ultimate motoring website and is a must visit destination for Irish car buyers when looking to purchase a used car.

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