The Faugheen 50 motorcycle road races return this weekend after a break of four years and organisers estimate up to 95 top bikers from all over Ireland and as far a field as Italy will compete.
Thousands of fans of the sport are expected to visit Faugheen for the two day event on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10.
Northern Ireland competitors Sam Dunlop, of the famous Dunlop motorcycle racing family and Seamus Elliott; Dan Kneen from the Isle of Man and Derek McGee from Dublin are among the big names that will be vying for honours at the event.
Faugheen 50 Club competitors include Sean Connolly, John Walsh, Martin Currams, Brian McCormack, John Heaphy and Cathal Phelan.
All the motorbike racers leading the Irish championships in various categories will be taking part to win vital Irish championship points. The event is also attracting racers from Scotland, England, the Isle of Man and Italy as they can gain international championship points from winning Faugheen 50 races.
The influx of visitors and competitors to the races this weekend is expected to bring a welcome economic boost to shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs and other businesses in Faugheen and Carrick-on-Suir.
Maeve Walsh of the Faugheen 50 Road Races Committee said they were delighted to be hosting the races once again around the 2.2mile Faugheen road circuit.
She explained that there hasn’t been a Faugheen 50 Road Races meet since 2009 because of the recession.
“A lot of our sponsors and a lot of people on the committee and in the club were in the building trade and when the economic crash happened we unfortunately had to stop the races because we couldn’t afford to run it.
“Over the last few years we have run a few different events to raise funds and we now have new sponsors, which is great, and we hope that as many people as possible will come and watch the races.”
If the Faugheen 50 Club has sufficient funds available after this year’s races, Maeve said they planned to run the event again next year.