Abandoned Road Races – Munster 100

The Munster 100 is one of the pure road races that many would like to see back in the calendar.


Ryan Farquhar, 2010 Munster 100 (ph: Alan McKibbin)

It was first held in 1940 under the name of Cork 50, on a single mile and a half track. We can easily say it was  an “itinerant road race”, because it changed place many times in the past, on different pure road circuits in the Cork area. Munster, in fact, is the name of the province which includes County Cork.


After the Second World War, the former Cork 50 was moved on the 6 miles track of Carrigrohane, but the event was soon abandoned. The Munster 100 was then back in the racing calendar only in 1977, this time on the southern road circuit of Kinsal, until 1985.

It was only after 1989, though, that Munster 100 became with good reasons one of the most important road races of the season, with riders such as Joey Dunlop and Philip McCallen battling each other on the Clonakilty Course until 1992.

The Munster 100 was then again abandoned and this time for 18 long years. Only in 2010 the Cork Motorcycle Club managed to bring the road race back in the calendar, again on a different course, Dunmanway. Ryan Farquhar was the star of the event on the new 1.8 miles track between the houses.

The following year the Munster 100 was again moved south, on the Timoleague Course: 2011 was the year of the young gun Michael Dunlop, who dominated the event against veteran John Burrows and Derek Sheils, while his elder brother William triumphed with the smaller bikes.

In 2013 the race was back in County Cork but on another different track. This time, though, not everybody was happy with the 3 miles Glanmire Course. Riders like newcomer Jamie Hamilton refused to race on such a dangerous place. The riders who remained at the event managed to do just a couple of races before the meeting was called off due to heavy rain.

The Munster 100 name appeared in 2014 road racing calendar, but the event was cancelled just a few months before even a bike could turn a wheel.


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  1. Anonimo ha scritto:

    The Dunmanway race was the best craic ever. Let’s go back there!

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