Faugheen to host top class motorcycle racing this weekend.
The rural roads around Faugheen will echo to the engines of racing motor cycles this weekend as more than 80 bikers from all over the country and abroad compete in the annual Faugheen 50 Road Races.
Motorbike racing fans will travel from far and wide to watch the racing, which starts with practice sessions on Saturday with the big race day on Sunday.
The field will include some of the country's top competitors in the high octane sport including Derek Shields from Skerries, the Mullingar Missile Derek McGee, Davy Todd from Northern Ireland, Paul Jordan and Michael Sweeney.
Members of the Faugheen 50 Motorbike Racing Club will also be competing with Brian McCormack from Tramore chosen to ride the Faugheen 50 motorbike.
Faugheen 50 Road Race Club Secretary Maeve Walsh said the Faugheen 50 races attract competitors from Northern Ireland and overseas because they count for points in international racing championships as well as the national championships. A number of the international racers will be competing in the classic races, she pointed out.
A cloud of sadness has hung over the motorcycle racing fraternity in Ireland following the tragic death of 32 year-old William Dunlop, a member of the famous Northern Ireland motorcycle racing family, in a crash during a warm up session at the Skerries 100 event in Dublin on Saturday, July 7.
Maeve, who was working at the Skerries 100 event when the fatal accident occurred, said William competed at the Faugheen 50 races a good few times over the years.
"It's very sad. William was a true gentleman and great representative of the sport. He was a lovely, lover person, kind and considerate and a fantastic racer," she said extending condolences on behalf of the Club to the Dunlop family.
William Dunlop will, no doubt, be in the minds of racers and fans watching the Faugheen 50 races this weekend. Maeve advised anyone coming to watch the racing to arrive early at the course to get a good viewing spot.
She said the practice racing sessions kick off at 12 noon on Saturday while the races begin at 11am on Sunday.
A series of road closures and diversions will in place in Faugheen and Carrick-on-Suir races for the duration of the rally.
Roads will be closed on Saturday from 8am to 7pm and on Sunday from 8am to 7pm.
One of the road closures will be the L2605-2 from Faugheen village to the junction of the L6601-2 on the Faugheen to Carrick-on-Suir Road.
Alternative route will be via L2601 Newtown Lower towards Scogh Bridge and the Junction with R697. Turn right onto the R697 into Carrick-on-Suir to the junction with the N24 at the Garda Station. Turn right on to the N24 and continue to the junction with the R696. Turn right on to the R696 and continue to the junction with the L2605-1. Turn right on to the L2605-1 at John’s Street or alternatively continue on the R696 to Lissadobber and turn right on to the L2601-2.
Other road closures will be the L2601-3 from Faugheen to the junction of the L6601-2 at Ballinurra Cross and the L6601-2 from Ballinurra Cross to the junction of the L2605-2 on the Faugheen/ Ballyrichard roadway.