April 09, 2019

Fingal County Council to resurface Skerries 100 circuit

Loughshinny MCSC were delighted to learn that Fingal County Council have budgeted to resurface the back section of the Skerries circuit. The section from Glasshouses to the Hairpin will be completely resurfaced in the coming months.

We would like to thank Councillors Brian Denehy and Cathal Boland who worked with members of the club to secure the funding. We are delighted that Fingal Co Co have endorsed the Skerries 100, with this improvement to the circuit we hope to build on this historic event. We would like to thank all club members, residents and all local officials who helped secure the development for our event.

April 08, 2019

Skerries 100 Launch Night 2019

Skerries 100 on the 10th of May in the Hills Cricket Club which is located on the Skerries 100 circuit.

September 27, 2018

Loughshinny & MCI Awards Night 2018

The Loughshinny MCSC annual awards night will take place on 28th November 2018 in the Hills Cricket Club on the Skerries 100 circuit. This year we also have the honour of presenting the MCI Irish and Southern Championship awards on the night.

All are welcome to attend the awards night to show our gratitude and respect to our riders for the amazing show that they have put on all year.

The night will kick off at 8PM.

July 30, 2018

Thank you from Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club

Sorry it has taken a while to write this summary and thanks, it has been a difficult time for our road race family and our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of our fallen riders.  Skerries 100 promised to be a epic battle of man and machine over the tight 2.9 mile circuit as weather in the area was settled for many weeks before the event and would remain so for the weekend.  On practice day the event was going well when tragedy struck, one of the Road Racing  communities best loved riders William Dunlop was lost, it was a sad and tragic end to what been a very well run practice day.  Following lots of discussions with all interested parties within our race community, the club with the agreement of MCI, decided to run the event as non championship races.   At a meeting held by the club with the riders on the Saturday evening, it was suggested by a rider and they all agreed that all the prize fund was to go to William's partner. The club would like to acknowledge the generosity of the riders and we can confirm that their wish have been carried-out.  We must also thank our amazing race team crew of Scratch Howard, Thomas Garry Snr, Thomas Garry Jnr, Shane Garry, Brendan Leonard,  Rory Mc Kay, Graham Sheehen  and Gary Ryan who worked tirelessly through the night and early on Sunday to sweep and clean the road to get it fit for racing.

Sunday was a hard day for all involved, the riders, our wonderful medics, the great marshals and hard working officials, we all worked as a team  and kept the show going.  All decisions were made with the best intentions and with our eyes on running it safely with riders who wanted to take part without any pressure.  So a huge thanks to those riders who took part and for their generosity.

Race day went really well with just two minor red flags and no injuries, a huge thank you to the MCI medical team / travelling marshal team  and our trained marshals around the circuit, you do an amazing job and we are indebted to you. 

Where do we start with our thanks. How can we convey the huge effort by dedicated voluntary individuals to put on the Skerries 100, but let's try;  

To the scrutineers, rider rescue, fire officers, marshals, flag marshals and radio people, judges, timekeepers, grid girls, race /result admin team, our catering team,  CMA Nigel & Billy, Man-o-war GAA Club and HMS security; as always you  did a great job, well done and we thank you.

To Jack Corry and George McCann for delivering a brilliant commentary throughout the day   To everyone who contributed to the programme, every business, every article, and the photographs throughout we appreciate your input and of course the use of your work. Thanks to Harry Havelin, Jack Corry, Hugh Shelly, Graham & Laura Sheehan and of course Printcom & Bronwyn for all the hard work which went into producing our programme.

Thank you to title sponsors  Country Crest and Des D'Arcy Motors who give more than just sponsorship, they give us their time, energy and support on the lead up to and throughout the event. Thank you  Michael, Gabriel and Breda from Country Crest and Des from Des D’Arcy Motor, it is a pleasure to work with you all and we really appreciate all you do for us through the year.

To our individual race sponsors, – The Friend's of Martin Finnegan, The People's Race, AXA, Ollies Place,  HMS Security, Kennedy Motorcycles, B&V Nurseries, McNally & Co, Sam Dennigan Ltd, Convent Lane Motors, Man-o-war GAA, Hills Cricket Club, ASM Ireland, Seaver Family, C&T's Supermarket and Hughes Sales and Service & Tow my Car without you we really could not run our event.  We thank you so very much for coming on board and being a part of the team. To the An Garda Síochána, Fingal County Council, Street Sweep & Gary Ryan, TrackBlast & Derek Boardman, PEWL (Phibsboro Electric), Civil Defence, CMA and the MCI for the support throughout the event.

Thank you to all the riders who participated in the Classic Lap  – it was a great sight and we hope you enjoyed a trip down memory lane.  This event on Friday evening in Skerries raised a total of €1800 for the Motorcycling Ireland Medical Team towards the LifePak machine which is to be purchased for next year's season.

Thank you to the landowners and residents around the circuit who are so incredibly generous and accommodating to the event and without your support,  racing just would not be possible. To our Club members for being involved and for supporting the club year on year, we thank you.

Thank you to everyone who built and have now dissembling the circuit and packed it all away for next year, the unsung heroes lead by our clerk of works Brian (Scratch) Howard, you make it happen, every year there is a huge effort and commitment afforded us from a small band of people to complete this task, anyone who wants to get involved please contact the club many hands make light work!

To the press and media thank you for covering the event, it is vital that we keep this up and work together in making sure this sport lives on in print, on the internet and on the airwaves.

To you the Pure Road Racing fans, every year you sit/stand on the grandstands, the grass banks and around the circuit and enjoy what we hope was a great weekend of road racings finest. Thank you to everyone that bought a wristband and a programme, the cost of running the event is huge so we are so very grateful that you paid your way and that in turns makes you a part of our team.  Please come back next year and tell all your friends!!!

Finally our riders we applaud and thank you for throwing the leg over your machines and racing our circuit. You are the reason we do it, please never forget that. We are road racing fans and you are the finest example of living the dream there is, we hope you enjoyed the experience and will be back to take up battle between our hedgerows in 2019.

We hope we have not forgotten anyone, please accept our deepest apologies if we have and our gratitude for your support and contribution.

So from Susan  Chairperson and Clerk of Course and all of us at Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club to all of you......THANK YOU !!!

July 07, 2018

Statment - 2018 Skerries 100 Road Races

Issued  8pm on 8th July 2018.

 

Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club Ltd as planned, continued their Skerries 100 event today 8th July 2018.

 

"With the blessing of our racing family and support from all our officials and marshals, the riders took to the grid to complete the demanding 10 race programme, in fine good sunny weather.  The spectators were treated to some superb racing from our incredibly talented riders with only one rider in mind, William Dunlop, a fitting tribute to their fellow fallen rider.   This non-championship races were held on the 2.92 mile circuit, and catered for all classes from 125cc up to Superbikes 1000cc.   

 

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop's family and friends and we are continuing to support them over this very difficult time and the club would ask that the privacy of the family be respected at this time. "

 

Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club Ltd.

July 06, 2018

Statment - Skerries 100

Issued  21:30pm on 7th July 2018.

 

"Following discussion with the family, their sponsors and fellow riders, the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club Ltd have taken the decision to continue with the Skerries 100 on the8th July.   The club with the riders permission have decide to race with the entire prize fund to go to William's Family.  It will be a non-championship meeting and the club hope everyone will consider this a fitting tribute to William and his previous race performance and results at the Skerries 100

 

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop's family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time."

 

Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club Ltd.

July 06, 2018

Statment - William Dunlop

Issued at approximately 17:15pm on 7th July 2018.

"The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, organisers of the Skerries 100, deeply regrets to announce that competitor William Dunlop of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, has passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident that occurred during practise which took place today 7th July 2018.

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop's family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time."

 

Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club

June 30, 2018

Michael Dunlop heads very strong Skerries entry

Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club are delighted to announce that 18 times Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop, will be the star attraction at the forthcoming Country Crest/Des D’arcy Motors Skerries 100, that will take place on Saturday and Sunday 7/8th July.

“The Maverick” will contest the three Superbike races, as well as the 600 Supersport, and will start favourite as he is the current course record holder, at a speed of 111.582mph, that he achieved in the Open race in 2016. Michael has scored 8 wins at the 2.92 mile seaside course, and will want to increase that tally, with the three Superbike races on the Sunday race day.

The Country Crest/Des D’arcy Motors Grand final will be the feature race of the day, and it is the Martin Finnegan Memorial race that carries the largest prize fund for a national road race, with the winner taking home a cool €5000.

Michael will have the top Superbike riders in the country to contend with, and that includes Derek Sheils who beat Michael on corrected time at Cookstown, and he also won the Open race at Tandragee. Derek McGee is fresh from his excellent TT, and he will also want a slice of the cake, as will local rider Micko Sweeney.

William Dunlop is also a confirmed entry on the Temple Golf Club/Caffrey International 600 and Superbike, and after missing the TT, he will be looking forward to a good return to racing, and to increase on his tally of wins at Skerries, that stands at 15.

Another TT legend Dan Sayle is also a confirmed entry on his Moto 3 Honda, and the 8 times Sidecar TT winner, is looking forward to getting back as a solo rider, following a disappointing TT, by his high standards. Dan has had solo success over the TT Mountain course, when he won the Lightweight 250 Manx Grand Prix in 2008 and 2009.

Roads close for practice on Saturday 7th July at 12noon, and on Sunday 8th July, they close at 8am, with the first race at 10.

The Annual “Classic Lap” will take place on Friday evening 6th July. Sign on will start in Skerries Mills from 5.30 pm and the lap will start at7.30 pm.

There will be a bike show before the classic lap begins. People are invited to enter their bikes into the show, regardless of whether they will then ride in the lap. We will be awarding a prize to Best Classic Bike, Best Japanese Bike and Best Concourse Bike.

To enter the lap/show will cost €10 per motorcycle and proceeds from this will go to the MCI Medical Team to help with the purchase of a vital new piece of equipment the LifePak 15.

Margaret Corry-Media Co-Ordinator

June 17, 2018

Martin Finnegan Race Bike Display & Lap

We are delighted to announce that to mark 10 years of Martin Finnegan’s passing, there will be a display of Martin’s race bikes in the paddock all weekend at the Country Crest/Des D'Arcy Motors Skerries 100.

The bikes will take to the circuit and complete a lap for the crowd before the Grand Final on race day.

A list of machines and the riders who will be riding them is as follows:
MV Agusta - Ryan Farquhar
Vitrans Honda - Davy Morgan
Danfay Yamaha R1 Superbike - John Walsh
Danfay Yamaha R1 Superstock - Dave Molloy
Danfay Yamaha R1 Macau Gp - Paddy Clare
Klaffi Honda - Michael Sweeney
K2 Suzuki 1000 - Declan Lynch
Danfay Yamaha R6 - Chris Mooney
Manx GP 250 Honda - 'Big Man' Mark Kelly

Practice Saturday 7th July
Racing Sunday 8th July

January 01, 2020

The Loughshinny M.C.S.C. launched the Skerries 100 last Friday night, and the Hills Cricket Club was alive with the spirit of the 72nd running of the iconic event. The lovely sunshine saw a great crowd attend, and there were plenty of riders with their bikes on display.

 

The evening was the launch of two local business joining forces, Country Crest and Des D’arcy Motors, to sponsor the famous event. The meeting will also incorporate a one off Superbike race in memory of the late Martin Finnegan, whose 10th Anniversary was last week. This invitation race will have the largest prize money for a national road race, with the first prize of at least €5000. This money is being collected by the Friends of the late Martin Finnegan, and this should prove to attract a quality entry for the three Superbike races.

 

Michael Hoey from Country Crest was first to speak and he said; “Country Crest is delighted to be the official co-sponsor for this year’s Skerries 100. It’s a real honour to be in a position to support this incredible local sports event, which is now running for over 70 years, and has become engrained in our calendar. Thanks to the fantastic work done by the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, the event attracts riders from all over the globe, and thousands of motorcycle fans every year. We hope that you the spectators enjoy this thrilling weekend of racing, and most importantly, we want to wish the entire road racing stars, a safe and enjoyable event.” 

 

Des D’arcy; “Des D'Arcy Motors are proud to be once more involved with the Loughshinny Club as a co-title sponsor and we are looking forward to an exciting weekends racing. I believe that the change to Saturday/Sunday racing will improve the attendance, and hopefully the fans will respond by buying the wrist band and programme and support the club in keeping road racing alive”

 

MCI President Sean Bissett; “It is great to see two local sponsors come together to sponsor Skerries, after all it is the shop window for our sport, in attracting a huge amount of road race fans. Loughshinny took over the race at an important time in its history in 1986, and thankfully the event is still going, in this the 40th Anniversary of the club”

 

Susan Plunkett Club Chairperson and Clerk of the Course; “With a break in tradition, this year’s event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 7th July and 8th July over the demanding 2.9 mile seaside course, and with all the recent debate surrounding the insurance crisis, it is great to have loyal and new sponsors supporting the famous “Skerries 100”.

 

 “The support we have received from our loyal sponsors over the years has helped us to keep this historic race going and our very proud to announce the following sponsors, Axa Bike Care, HMS, B&V Nurseries, Kennedy’s Motorcycles, Sam Dennigan & Co., The Seaver Family, ASM, VTL Transport, Ollie’s Place, C&T Supermarkets, Convent Lane Motors, Mc Nally & Co Accountants and the People's Race. In addition we have a new race sponsor Hughes Sales and Service Ltd”

“As we are all well aware that the cost of running Irish Championship road racing is escalating and we are keeping the cost of the two days practice and racing at just €25, and that will include a race programme. We are hoping that all road race fans will dig deep to help the future of racing, and buy their admission arm band, that will help the club with the cost of the event”

“Proceedings will start with the Annual Classic Parade that will take place on Friday 6th July, with sign on starting in Skerries Mills at 5:30pm, and the run itself at 7.30pm. The entry fee of €10 for the parade will all go to the MCI  Medical Team who have started to fund raise for a vital piece of equipment which they current use but it has reached it final year of operation. The vital piece is a LifePak 15, and the cost will be €23000, which we need to raise between now and the end of the season to get ensure that we start 2019 with it”

 

Roads will close on Saturday 12 noon for practice, and will re-open no later than 8:30pm. On Sunday 8th July, the roads will close at 9.30am, and re-open no later than 6.30pm.  For more information please log on to the clubs website www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com , or contact the club on  086-0447478

May 10, 2018

Riders wishing to race Skerries 100 and Southern 100

With the Country Crest / Des D’Arcy Skerries 100 Road Races and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races being held over six consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday 7th & 8th July and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th July, riders who are wanting to compete at both events have been contacting both race organisers, the Loughshinny Supporters Club and Southern 100 Racing, regarding travel arrangements from the Island of Ireland.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have three sailings from Ireland over the period 8th – 10th July as follows:

Sunday 8th July:

Belfast 02.00 - Douglas 06.45

Dublin 11.15 - Douglas 14.10

Tuesday 10th July: Belfast 10.45 - Douglas 13.30

 

Regulations for the Southern 100 International Road Races allow riders who have been racing at the Skerries 100 Road Races and have raced on the Colas Billown Course previously to arrive on the Tuesday afternoon and practice to qualify on the Tuesday evening. However, Newcomers to the Southern 100 must be on the Isle of Man to practice on the Monday evening, 9th July.

 

Loughshinny Official Wayne Hall said:  ‘Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club would like to thank George Peach and Southern 100 Racing for working with us on this matter. We are delighted that a solution could be found, which will allow most riders to compete at both Skerries 100 and the Southern 100 if they wish to do so. We would like to wish Southern 100 Racing every success with their event this year.’

 

Full information on both the Skerries 100 Road Races and the Southern 100 International Road Races can be found on their respective official websites: www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com & www.southern100.com , with full information on sailings to and from the Isle of Man via the IOM Steam Packet Company website: www.steam-packet.com.

May 04, 2018

Martin Finnegan Memorial Race

A great addition to our 2018 race programme is a memorial race in honour of Martin Finnegan. This race is kindly sponsored by the Friends of Martin Finnegan who are Planning on having a prize fund in the region of 10-12k, with a minimum prize of €5,000 for the winner.

Riders wishing to take part in this extra race need only fill in the form for the Open Class and your name will be automatically included. This race will be invitational and the fastest riders of the weekend will make it into this race.

April 30, 2018

The Peoples Race

Once more this year we will be offering friends and supporters of the club a chance to help sponsor one of our races.  For €50 you will be able to get your name in the programme as the sponsor of one of our races.  If you would like to contribute, please give Thomas Garry a ring on (087) 8727143.

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