Kells Road Races to make a return this year

Story by John Donohoe

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 5:02pm

Kells Road Races to make a return this year

Kells Road Races are set to return to the Meath roads this June after a two-year hiatus. The event will take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June and the preparations are well underway. 

The race, which will be the first southern road race of 2019, is predicted to see almost 8,000 spectators gather across the weekend to see competitors reach speeds of over 170 miles an hour on the circuit.

Four-fifths of the tickets for the raffle, in association with Suzuki Ireland, to win a brand new GSX – RR1000 motor bike worth €23,000 have already been sold. Tickets cost of €100 each, with a limited run of 500 on offer. There are also some sponsorship packages for the race still available.

Diarmaid Corcoran, North Meath Road Races Ltd club secretary, says that there’s a great buzz about the race which is fast approaching: “It’s great to be returning to the National Road Racing calendar after a few years away. You can feel the excitement building now that the race is less than six months away. 

“Obviously, running an event of this magnitude is costly, particularly in terms of insurance, and so we rely heavily on sponsorship. The costs of running race events are increasing each year with insurance alone costing in the region of €25,000. We have a multitude of sponsorship packages available to suit every budget. An event like this will be a big boost to the local economy and so it’s in the interest of local businesses to get involved.”

Before taking a break in 2017 and 2018, the race had run since 1994 on the Crossakiel circuit which is famous for its exciting high speed jumps. 

Many high-profile riders have graced the circuit over the years, including Guy Martin, Ryan Farquhar, Cameron Donald, Keith Amor, Alan Bonner, Derek Sheils, Derek McGee and 2018 Manx Gp winner Andy Farrell to name a few. 

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