Athea Road Races Poised To Make Comeback In 2023

Athea Road Races Poised To Make Comeback In 2023

Last held in 2011, the Athea Road Races is poised to return to the road race calendar in 2023.

This has been made possible thanks to the formation, endeavour of a new organising club, the SouthWest Motorcycle Road Race Club.

Detailing how Athea’s comeback has come to fruition, the new event organisers stated via a recently issued press release:

“The newly formed SouthWest Motorcycle Road Race club wish to announce motorcycle road races will re-commence again in Athea, Co. Limerick on the Saturday and Sunday of the August Bank Holiday weekend, dates Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August, 2023.

The main club has been formed by a group of motorcycle Road Race supporters based around Athea, Abbeyfeale and Listowel. These club members participate in Road Racing and other members participate as Road Race marshals at race events.

Sean Bissett, President of Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Southern Centre) has confirmed the above dates. The club have met with Limerick City and County Council engineers.”

“The meeting was held in Athea with Club President Mike Dalton. The council confirmed that the road would be in good condition for the event.

Final inspection of the roads will be carried out by Sean Bissett and his team in conjunction with Limerick County Council engineers.

The club would like to thank the communities of Athea and its surrounding areas for all their help, goodwill and support in hosting this spectacular event. The southwest motorcycle road race club are most grateful.”

Today’s update is hugely positive news for the Irish roads scene, which has recently gone through testing times, to put it mildly.

Reminder 2022 Irish road race action concludes this weekend at another, welcome roads calendar returnee, the Mid Antrim 150.

Quotes via South West Road Races Athea Press Release

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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