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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.
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 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