Popular motorbike race to return after 18-year absence

A PRESTIGIOUS motorbike race which recorded winners such as the late World Championship winner Joey Dunlop and legendary Isle of Man TT champion Philip McCallen is to return after an absence of 18 years.

The Munster 100 motorcycle race is to be revived in Co Cork next weekend (August 21 and 22). Top motorcycle racers will compete in the event in Dunmanway with prize money totalling €30,000.

The race was previously held in Clonakilty until 1992 and before that in various locations throughout Cork, including Kinsale and Carrigrohane.

The event is being organised by the West Cork Motor Cycle Club in conjunction with the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (MCUI) and Cork County Council.

Jerry Cronin, chairman of the cycle club, said he was thrilled at the decision to revive the race.

“The Munster 100 is a race of great historical significance. The first race was held 70 years ago when the first race was held outside Henry Ford’s motor factory and around the Monaghan Road on a 1.5 mile circuit in 1940.

“We are proud to be able to bring the event back to Cork and to Dunmanway for the first time.”

Uniquely for this kind of event, the race will run through the streets of Dunmanway along a 3km track.

After its debut in 1940, with World War II looming and petrol shortages, motor cycle racing took a break until 1947, when it was revived on a 5.6km circuit at Carrigrohane.

In 1950 the race was named the Munster 100 and the track was increased to six miles at Carrigrohane. It stayed there until 1955 and then took another break of before returning as a short circuit event at Mondello Park in 1976. Joey Dunlop was the champion of the main race that year.

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