Manhattan Popcorn (Main Sponsor)

Manhattan is a 100% wholly owned Irish company employing 35 people in Dublin. The company manufactures and distributes a range of exciting snack foods, of which popcorn is the fastest growing....


TPI & Cades



We have mixed classic designs with more contemporary styles, focusing on quality, strength and durability. Our wheels are crafted in a TUV certified environment and tested rigorously to ensure you get a first class product that not only looks fantastic but actually works.

We use powder lacquer on all polished surfaces to cope with the most demanding road conditions. We also use epoxy resin centre crests for sustained good looks and we never over engineer wheels, keeping the weight to a bare minimum. Essentially we offer exceptional products for people who care about wheels.

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Born in 2008 and named after the boss' son, the name Cade dates back to the last century - an old English name associated with strength and resilience.

Cades performance tuning is all about writing history. After helping establish some of the UKs biggest wheel brands it was time to lay down some roots of our own and create something of a legacy for Cade.

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Charles Hurst

About Charles Hurst


At Charles Hurst we firmly believe and live by our Mission Statement of 'Together we will strive to be an outstanding company achieving Customers for Life'.

This is built around our five core values and the NICER initiative;

Nice - Working with colleagues to create an atmosphere that makes customers feel special and want to smile

Informative - Become an expert, continuously building knowledge and sharing it with others

Caring - Treating everyone as your best friend and creating positive, memorable experiences

Enthusiastic - Be passionate about your role - Smile!

Responsive - Responding to colleagues and customers as individuals and dealing with their requirements positively and quickly

Colin McNab - Operations Director, Charles Hurst.

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Charles Hurst Company History


Charles Hurst group was founded in 1911 and has gone from strength to strength to become Northern Ireland's leading Motor Group, a business which now employs over 700 people. By offering customers a wide choice of vehicles, both new and used, and providing them with a total quality service, the Charles Hurst Group has become one of the great success stories of business in Northern Ireland.

The Group's headquarters are located in Belfast on a 20 acre site; the largest automotive park in Europe. Every taste is catered for in motor vehicles with some of the world's most prestigious cars on display, alongside a wide choice of more affordable models.

The Specialist Car Division, located on the Boucher Road, provides the kind of cars everyone dreams of owning. Apart from classic marques like Bentley, Jaguar and Lexus the company has franchises for Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin with factory–trained technicians for each marque. The Group also has franchise agreements with some of the most popular volume marques including Vauxhall, Citroen, Peugeot, Toyota, Renault, Kia, Nissan and most recently the Dacia brand.

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Why Choose Charles Hurst?


At Charles Hurst we really do believe in 'Customers for Life'.

We want to be there, meeting your changing motoring needs, at every stage of your life. From the purchase of your first car, to an executive saloon upgrade after a promotion to eventually acquiring an MPV when a family comes along.

At Charles Hurst we just don't sell and lease vehicles but we also help you maintain them. Our dealerships offer a full range of aftersales provisions including fully stocked parts departments, vehicle servicing, and accident repair facilities.

One of the top motor vehicle retailers in the UK, we represent 20 vehicle manufacturers and operate from locations across Northern Ireland.

At Charles Hurst our staff are fully dedicated, trained and experienced in their fields. They work hard and are committed to serving our customers and providing a service which we believe is better than anyone else can offer. And we never stop looking at how we can do things better and go that extra mile for our customers.


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

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.


Manhattan Popcorn (Main Sponsor)

Manhattan is a 100% wholly owned Irish company employing 35 people in Dublin. The company manufactures and distributes a range of exciting snack foods, of which popcorn is the fastest growing....



Carzone.ie is Ireland's number one motoring website attracting over 900,000 monthly unique users, who carry out over 35 million searches a month for used cars.

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.

Visit Carzone.ie today or download our apps here.

Paddy Connolly

Paddy Connolly - Specialist cars


Triska Energy

Triska Energy is the Macro Distributor for Shell Lubricants throughout the island of Ireland.

Shell is the world's largest producer of lubricants* and has a 70-year history of innovation and development. Some of the world's top manufacturers choose Shell as the first-fill motor oil for new vehicles in their factories and continue to use a range of our products for ongoing servicing.

As Macro Distributor we are responsible for the sales, marketing, warehousing and distribution of Shell Lubricants including the Helix, Rimula, Spirax and Tellus ranges.

Whatever your needs or application, Shell can provide a full range of lubes including synthetic high-performance products. See how our superior oils and lubricants work to clean and protect your engine, helping to improve its performance and prolonging its life. Shell offers an exceptional range of oils and greases. Each of our product families is designed to help make it easy for you to select the right lubricant for your needs. Shell manufacturers and markets lubricants and greases for a range of industrial applications that are designed to optimise your equipment’s efficiency.


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

Carrig Brewing Co - Leitrim Ireland

Carrig Brewing Company was established in 2011 by husband and wife team Sinead O’Connell and Martie Deegan, who together have accumulated a lifetime of passionate involvement and experience within the Irish brewing and hospitality industries. For many years it was our shared dream to naturally brew genuine Irish craft beers, beers infused with great flavour and character.

The inspiration for Carrig Brewing Company, dates back to Celtic Medieval Ireland when the Irish monks, who inhabited the small monasteries along the River Shannon, brewed hand crafted Irish ales and beers. Those Celtic monks were dedicated to a life of purity and the pursuit of excellence and those were the very same qualities incorporated into their cottage brewing industry. We have today harnessed that same spirit in our pursuit of excellence and in the purity of product that permeates the naturally brewed flavours of our craft beers.

Carrig, meaning rock, is synonymous with the Irish landscape, in that almost every parish has a placename beginning with Carrig or Carrick. We wanted our craft beers to symbolise Ireland’s rich cultural, brewing and geographical heritage, a rock of sorts.


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.


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