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 20 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 €900,000 has been raised over the last 20 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 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 2017

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

Highlights of 2015

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

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In 2016 we dedicated the Blazing Bikers events 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 the Wild Atlantic Way Challenge & the Trip to Tipp Weekend of Cycling to Lollie’s memory, in order to  to make these events  the very best we could .

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

Blazing Bikers Events in 2016


Wild Atlantic Way Challenge

&

The Trip to Tipp Weekend of Cycling

Dedicated to the memory of Lorraine Shanahan

Cork Zombie Walk 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 more information on this years Motorbike Challenge Click here

To keep up to date with the GNR and events leading up here is the link to the Facebook Page

For those that were on the WAW trip last year, 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 have launched the raffle and tickets are available for €5 each

1st Prize - Suzuki GN 125

2nd Prize - €500



The Draw will take place in June 2017. If anyone is interested in buying tickets or selling books of tickets please get in touch. 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 will have a stand at the RDS Motorbike & Scooter Show over the weekend of the 3rd - 5th of March, Stand D21. We will be promoting the Great Northern Challenge and selling tickets for the raffle. We would appreciate if anyone would volunteer to give us a hand for an hour or two over the weekend.


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