Blazing Bikers

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Katriona Shanahan

EMAIL: Click here

087 4106861

or

Billy Shanahan

billy05@eircom.net

087 9253225

Blazing Bikers is a father and daughter team, Billy and Katriona Shanahan who along with the help and support of their family and friends have for the last 22 years organised and participated in Cycling and Motorbike events in aid of charities for the Blind, including the NCBI Working for People with Sightloss,  the Irish Guide Dogs, Fighting Blindness & the Deafblind Ireland. All the events that we organise are dedicated to the memory of Lorraine Shanahan.


In excess of €1.2 Million has been raised over the last 22 years in aid of all these Charities.

Katriona, Billy & Lorraine Shanahan with some of the Blazing Bikers presenting Sinead O’ Keefe from the Irish Guide Dogs with a cheque for €47,000 which represents funds raised from this years Lake District Motorbike Challenge and fundraising initiatives in the community of Tipperary. Our Sincere thanks to everyone who helped us throughout the year.

Our Group of 123 Motor Bikers and Pillions that Joined us on the Lake District UK Challenge over the May Bank Holiday 2013 raising over €30,000 for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. We had a fabulous weekend in the UK so a big thank you to everyone who got involved in this challenge.

In May 2013 Billy Shanahan and Jim Tuohy Completed all 8 stages of the Race the Ras in aid of NBCRI The National Breast Cancer Research Institute, becoming the first ever Tandem to have completed all the stages of the Ras, which was a life long ambition for Billy Shanahan.

Highlights of 2013!!

On the 24th April  we had a Trip around Tipp Motorbike Run in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs, with over 70 participants braving the freezing cold to support this event !!

19 times TT winner and holder of the Isle of Man TT record John McGuinness with Billy and Katriona Shanahan & Guide Dogs Bess at the Launch of the Lake District UK Challenge  2013 at the Cork Monster Motorbike Show in the Silver Springs Hotel

Some of the Blazing Bikers and Guide Dog Owners at the Launch of the Lake District UK Challenge  2013 at the Cork Monster Motorbike Show in the Silver Springs Hotel

In October, we presented John Paul Corcoran from the NCBI with a cheque for €17,185 the proceeds from the Trip to Tipp Weekend of cycling 2013.

Thank you to everyone that helped make this possible we really appreciate all the help we had up to and over the weekend of cycling in August

Upcoming Events in 2018

Highlights of 2014 !!

Billy & Katriona along with some of the Blazing Bikers presenting the Irish Guide Dogs with a cheque for €44,000, monies raised from this years Motorbike Trip - UK SouthWest Challenge 2014 and other events run in the locality of Thurles.

Day 1 of the UK SouthWest Motorbike Challenge in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs

Some of the Group on reaching Lands End

Trip Around Tipp Motorbike Run 2014

Billy & Katriona along with some of the Blazing Bikers presenting the Irish Guide Dogs with a cheque for €46,000, monies raised from this years Motorbike Trip - UK Moors & Dales Challenge 2015 and other events run in the locality of Thurles.

UK Moors & Dales Challenge 2015

Great Northern Run Motorbike Challenge 17’

Dedicated to the memory of Lorraine Shanahan

In 2016 & 2017 the Blazing Bikers events have been dedicated to the memory of Lorraine Shanahan who we lost tragically in November 2015.

Anyone that knew our Lollie would know what a kind, gentle and caring person she was, always thinking of her next fundraiser and always trying her best to help anyone that she could in anyway that she could.

We wanted to dedicate our fundraising events going forward to Lollie’s memory, in order to  to make these events  the very best we can .

Blazing Bikers Events in 2016

Dedicated to the memory of Lorraine Shanahan

Dedicated to the memory of the original organiser, Lorraine Shanahan The Cork Zombie Walk took place on Saturday 22nd October 2017

Lorraine started the Zombie walk back in 2011 and we wanted to honor her memory by running the walk in her name. It was her favourite event to organise every year!


Over €1,200 was raised from this event which we donated to the Irish Guide Dogs just as Lorraine had done in previous years.


To keep up to date with the Cork Zombie Walk 2017 here is the link to the Facebook Page

For those that were on the WAW trip in 2016, you will know that on the Gala night a number of our Blazing Bikers made a pledge to donate a motorbike for us to raffle to aid with fundraising this year.


We are happy to say we launched the raffle  in early 2017 and  we Sold  €26,205 worth of Tickets, totally amazing and  it made such a huge impact on our fundraising.


1st Prize - Suzuki GN 125 - Winner Eileen Murphy (pictured)

2nd Prize - €500



The Draw  took place on the 18th June  2017.


We would like to thank our sponsors: Donal Carroll, Eamonn Grey, Joe Kearney, Denis Kinane, Jack Leonard for making the raffle possible.

The Blazing Bikers had a stand at the RDS Motorbike & Scooter Show over the weekend of the 3rd - 5th of March, Stand D21. We promoted the Great Northern  Run Challenge and sold lots & lots of tickets for the raffle. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and gave us a hand at the stand over the weekend


The Trip Around Tipp Motorbike Run will also be taking place along with our annual Table Quiz, dates to be confirmed.

Our hearts are truly broken without our lovely Lollie but all we want to do, both then and now is to make her proud by keep our fundraising going. We want to  make every event the very best that we can to keep her memory alive and to make her proud of us, just  like she alway was.

Lorraine’s excitement about the events and talking about what we had done and what we  had planned to do  reminds us all the time of how much she loved us and keeping the events going is one way we can ensure Lorraine’s memory will continue along  with our journey.

Cork Zombie Walk 2017

Dedicated to the memory of Lorraine Shanahan

Cork Zombie Walk 2017

Dedicated to the Memory of Lorraine Shanahan

Saturday 28th October 2017


We had an amazing turn out for last years Zombie Walk, which a you all know was dedicated to the memory of my sister Lorraine Shanahan the original Organiser of the Cork Zombie Walk.


I want to keep the event going in Lorraine's memory and try and make it bigger and better every year for as long as I can.


The total raised last year was just over €1,200 which went directly to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind this was Lorraine's charity of choice.


We are asking everyone to contribute €5 to take part in the walk, all the money raised will go directly to the Irish Guide Dogs.


We have so much planned for the Zombie Walk I will be updating this page quiet soon!!!

Totally overwhelmed by the generosity that has been shown to the Cork Zombie Walk and I can’t wait to let you all in on what we have planned!!


But for now, date for the Diaries 28th October 2017!!!


It’s shaping up to be a truly amazing day and night in memory of Lorraine


Blazing Bikers Events completed in 2017

On Sunday 18th June the Blazing Bikers had an open day at the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind to present funds raised from June 2016-17. The Group presented a cheque for €93,993 which was raised in memory of Lorraine Shanahan. The funds raised were made up from a number of fundraising events and initiatives run throughout the year: Cork Zombie Walk, Sales of Raffle Tickets for the Suzuki GN125, Sales of; Christmas Cards & Calendars, Seasonal Hampers, Guide Dogs Boxes in the Tipperary Locality, the Trip around Tipp Motorbike Run, The Great Northern Motorbike Run, Table Quiz, Stands at various bike shows, Church gate collections and Flag Days.

On behalf of myself and my family we would like to thank everybody that supported us with our fundraising. As you all know our lives were turned upside down in November 2015, when we had to say goodbye to Lorraine, it’s been a tough road to continue, but the one thing that keeps us going and running these events is keeping Lorraine’s memory alive. Anyone that knew Lorraine would know how much she loved fundraising and helping people in any way that she could, she went above and beyond to make a difference, her first response to any cause no matter how big or how small, friend or stranger was “how can I help” she was so unbelievably selfless putting everyone before herself. Continuing with fundraising is our way of trying our best to honour Lorraine’s memory.

I will be honest and say it hasn’t been easy to continue, but the support we have received and all the help people have given us to raise these funds has been amazing. For the majority of the last 19mths the fundraising events were the one of the few things that kept me going. It’s easy to post away on facebook giving the illusion that everything is fine, few know the truth behind the keyboard. I am heartbroken beyond belief to have lost my sister. At times I barely manage to pull myself together and get out of bed for the events and face people. You try put on a brave face for those few hours, you try hold yourself together, you try smile for photos but the whole time you are just about hanging in there so that you can honour the memory of someone so special as Lorraine. Each event has been a step further along the road. If it hadn’t been for the Cork Zombie Walk, which was Lorraine’s baby, I don’t know when I would of been ready to visit my home of Cork without my sister.

So really what I am trying to say in the most honest way ( and in essay form - apologies ) is that every bit of help we received no matter how big or small resulted in the funds that were raised in Lorraine’s memory and it has helped us along this horrible unexpected road in our lives.

Thank you all very much for your support in raising what turned out to be over €94,000 after a few last minute sales of raffle tickets at the open day on Sunday. Congratulations to Eileen Murphy on winning the Suzuki, looking forward to seeing you at the next Blazing Bikers Motorbike event with your L plates!

Katriona Shanahan
On behalf of the Shanahan Family

Highlights of Blazing Bikers Events in 2015

Firstly, we would like to mention that the total raised last year on the Great Northern Run in memory of Lorraine Shanahan, including all the events leading up to the trip and the sale of Christmas Cards and Calendars along with the Cork Zombie Walk was €94,000. All proceeds went directly to the Irish Guide Dogs and a cheque was presented to the Charity when they hosted an open day at their centre in Cork for all our Blazing Bikers after the Great Northern Run


Following on from the success of the Motorbike Raffle last year which in itself raised €26,205, we are happy to announce we have secured a bike to raffle again in 2018. Tickets are available for €5 each

1st Prize - Suzuki GN 125        2nd Prize - €500

The Draw will take place in June 2018. If anyone is interested in buying tickets or selling books of tickets please get in touch.

The Great Scottish Tour 2018

On Friday the 4th May we will depart from Belfast on the 11:30am. sailing arriving into Cairnryan at 1:40pm. from there we will travel to Perth.


Based out of Perth for the weekend, Blazing Bikers will travel to world heritage sites, ancient monuments, historic battlefields, myths and legends.  Unspoiled scenery and stunning country highways and byways await! 


Kevin our annual route manager has put together an amazing and challenging Bank Holiday Adventure for the Blazing Bikers. Expect a weekend full of fantastic routes and scenery which will be revealed to you all in the next few weeks.


On Monday 7th May we will take the return sailing form Cairnryan to Belfast at 3:30pm. arriving at 5:40pm.


* If you are interested in taking part in  the Great Scottish Tour 2018 please return the completed registration form as soon as possible. Places on the trip are limited to 100 due to accommodation limitations.


* If you are interested in taking part, we need to know for definite by the 1st of April as the hotel have a strict contract in place, any changes after this will result in the hotel charging us for the weekend stay regardless of cancelations.


We would urge you to please take note of the above as these are two expensive charges the Blazing bikers would like to avoid where possible.


For information regarding fundraising in relation to the Charity Regulator or for tips for your fundraising see www.guidedogs.ie.


The cost of the weekend is €650 per Biker per person sharing & €450 per Pillion per person sharing.


The cost includes:

  1. -3 Nights  Hotel  Accommodation, Breakfasts, 2 Evening Meals & Gala Dinner on the Final Night

  2. -Itinerary Booklet,  Certificate of Completion, Souvenir Shirt, High Vis Vest & Badge


On Friday 4th  April the Group will meet at the ferry Terminal in Belfast,  Great Scottish Tour will begin

Detailed Itinerary and Maps to follow.


Important dates to remember:

  1. Deposit of €300 due on or before Friday 2nd March 2018

  2. Cork Monster Motorcycle Motorbike Show on the 25th February at the Fota Junction Retail Park, Carrigtwohill

  3. Final Balance due on or before 6th April 2018


Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anymore information.