Killalane launch gives club food for thought
THE Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club launched their 30th Anniversary Killalane Road Races at a night sponsored by the title sponsor for the event, Country Crest.
The Man O War-based company is also celebrating a milestone of their own this year, where they will be 21 years in business. The progressive Hoey brothers, Gabriel and Michael, have seen Country Crest rise to become a major player in the food processing business, and they have been the title sponsors for Killalane for a number of years.
This year's event will be a major milestone for the Loughshinny club, as this event was the first race that the club ran after its formation in 1978. Since 1987 they have become the only club in Ireland to run two Irish Championship events.
The first race took place on the weekend of 21/22 September 1984, sponsored by AES/Hella on the 2.3 mile Margaretstown circuit. On a dry but windy day Joey Dunlop, Sam McClements, Robert Dunlop, Steven Cull, Gene McDonnell, Sean Leonard and Tony Carton along with many road racing legends lined up on the Killalane grid.
As a surprise for Michael and Gabriel the Loughshinny club organised for Sean Leonard's Classic 350cc bike to be wrapped in Country Crest Colours and will be racing under the number 21 in the Classic 350cc race to celebrate the Country Crest milestone in business at this year's event.
Sharon Comiskey from the Loughshinny club said: 'Thank you to Gabriel, Michael, Julie and the Country Crest team for the incredible support over the years and in helping us make last night's event a huge success.
'Also a big thank you to Ed for the wonderful dinner served up for the evening.
A big thank you to Road Racing stars Jamie Hamilton, James Kelly, Michael Sweeney, Andy Farrell, Willie Wilson, Paul O'Rourke, David Howard, Neil Lyons, Sean Leonard, Damian Horgan, Mark Shiels and of course to now-retired racers Declan Lynch and Eric Galbraith who came along to support the evening and chat with Harry Havelin about racing at Killalane over the years.
'On Friday 5th September the club will be hosting a night in Skerries Mills. This will be a night to celebrate racing over the past 30 years and we hope to have a host of racing stars on stage chatting to historians Harry Havelin and Jack Corry.
'It will cost €10 per person over 16 and all monies collected will be donated to our 2 nominated charities - Caring for Caroline and Movember.'
We will have more over the next few weeks to celebrate this historic event in the history of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club.