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13/09/2014 An Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Brazilian Samba dancers and Police at Cannonball 2014 at the Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

13/09/2014 An Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Brazilian Samba dancers and Police at Cannonball 2014 at the Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

Tommy Macken, Eamonn McCloskey, Willie Fay, Mark Condon and Paddy O’Dowd before the start of the ‘Cannonball Run’ at the Point Village in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Tommy Macken, Eamonn McCloskey, Willie Fay, Mark Condon and Paddy O’Dowd before the start of the ‘Cannonball Run’ at the Point Village in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney

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13/09/2014 An Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Brazilian Samba dancers and Police at Cannonball 2014 at the Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny got into the spirit of the 'Cannon Ball' fundraiser campaign this weekend as the charity hit his native Co Mayo,

He is pictured here with Brazilian Samba dancers and Police at Cannonball 2014 at the Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

Earlier a hot of television stars and actors joined the fundraising 'Cannonball Run' road trip but all eyes were on the €25m of horsepower purring along the streets.

Some 170 cars, including audacious machines from McLaren, Lamborghini and Ferrari, roared out of Dublin as the super car trip got under way to raise money for charity.

Familiar faces including former Miss World Rosanna Davison, actor Simon Delaney and RTE broadcaster Colm Hayes joined the convoy.

Organisers say the event has generated €580,000 for Irish children's charities over the past five years and this year the 'Make-a-Wish Foundation' is set to benefit.

Fans can get up close and take pictures this weekend as the gleaming convoy will drive along 850km of roads through Dublin, Cavan, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Tipperary, finishing up at the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore tomorrow evening .

Irish Independent