2018 Skerries 100

Road Racing Daily William Dunlop at the 2018 Skerries 100



The 2018 County Crest and Des D'Darcy Motors Skerries 100 may well be remebered for all the wrong reasons but there are positives which can be taken from the meeting. 

The Loughshinny Club deserves nothing but praise for the dignified manner in which it dealt with the hardships of the weekend. With complete grace, understanding and professionalism, the club managed to maintain a sense of purpose amidst such sadness, and still somehow manage to run a race programme.

Huge crowds gathered around the circuit to watch the racing and although the mood was rightly subdued, the road racing family pulled together aided by the example set by the hosting club. As racing got underway we were treated to some close and exicitng racing with the Supertwins and Supersport races in particular standing out.

Thanks must be paid to the riders, the club, the medics, marshals, volunteers and all who showed up, did their job the only way they know how, and helped to provide us with the racing we love. 


With four amazing wins at the 2018 Skerries 100 road races, Michael Sweeney was the deserved man of the meeting.

Local rider Andy Farrell on his way to taking victory at Skerries in the Supertwin class.



Local rider and fan favourite, Andy Farrell, won a truly absorbing and close Supertwins race at the 2018 County Crest / Des D'Darcy Motors Skerries 100.

Farrell, on board the Ollie's Place 650cc Kawasaki, was made to fight right to the line as he took vcitory ahead of fellow local rider Micko Sweeney who was riding a Cookstown Burrows Engineering Supertwin.

The lead constantly changed throughout the race as the leaders diced with one another providing the fans lining the circuit with a truly amazing road racing spectacle. NW Racing's Darren Cooper took a well deserved third place.

Andy Farrell:

"Race results mean nothing at this time, but William, that win on the Supertwin was for you."

Road Racing Daily Michael Sweeney took a hat-trick of wins at the 2018 Skerries 100




After the tragic events during practice at the Skerries 100, the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club made the difficult decision to go ahead with racing yesterday after consulting with the family of a William Dunlop, the club’s sponsors, and the riders. The decision was made to run a non-championship event with a shortened racing programme and all races cut by one lap. 


Full respect must go to the club for the way in which they handled the extremely difficult circumstances they faced and the admirable way in which they conducted the rest of the racing programme. 


Before racing got underway there was a moment’s silence as the club officials, riders, marshals, medics, volunteers and countless fans paid tribute to William Dunlop. It was a sign of the reverence in which he was held that the silence was observed impeccably by all in attendance. 


Local rider Michael Sweeney was in dominant form as he took three magnificent wins. The MJR rider won the first superbike race of the day before going on to win the County Crest & Des D’Arcy Motors grand final. In the only supersport race of the day Sweeney also took a hard earned victory finishing ahead of Paul Jordan in a thrilling encounter. 


In another superb race, with the lead constantly changing throughout, Andy Farrell took a deserved win in the Supertwin class, this time denying Sweeney. NW Racing’s Darren Cooper was in third place. 


In the classic races there were wins for Barry Davidson, Ed Manly, Brian Mateer and a welcome return to winning ways got Robert McCrum.  


In the support stakes spoils were shared between Michael Browne who took victory in the Senior Support race, and Eoin O’Sochru who was victorious in the Junior class. 


Road Racing Daily Andy Farrell in action at the 2018 Skerries 100




The People’s Race (Supertwins) 650cc


1 Andy Farrell

2 Michael Sweeney 

3 Darren Cooper

4 Michael Browne

5 Vinny Brennan

6 Paul O’Rourke

7 Thomas Whitmore


Convent Lane Motors - Man O’War GAA Junior Support


1 Eoin O’Sochru

2 Stephen Morrison

3 Barry Sheehan

4 Liam Chawke

5 Niall Power

6 Martin Currams

7 Vinny Brennan

8 Noel Smith

9 Aron Hatch

10 Ben Mullane

11 Brian Loughlin

12 John Cahill

13 John Byrne 

14 Thomas Whitmore

15 Jason Cassells


Hughes Sales & Service Senior Support


1 Michael Browne

2 Wayne Sheehan

3 Dermot Cleary

4 John O’Donovan

5 Andy McPherson

6 Jordan McFerren

7 Liam Chawke

8 Kevin Baker

9 Ben Wales

10 Aron Hatch

11 Noel Smith 

12 Robert Cairns

13 Matt Donaldson

14 Stuart McCann

15 Niall Power

16 John Cahill

17 Martin Currams

18 Ben Plant

19 Austin Wren


HMS Security / B&V Nursuries Classic 250/350




1 Brian Mateer

2 Philip Shaw

3 Richard Ford

4 Trevor Stewart




1 Barry Davidson

2 Ed Manly

3 Sean Leonard

4 Nigel Moore

5 Freddie Stewart

6 Samuel Kincaid

7 Ken Parkes

8 Gearoid Haire

9 Tim Stephenson

10 John Stewart

11 Paul McMahon

12 Andy Kildea


ASM & Seaver Family Classic 500-1000cc 




1 Robert McCrum

2 Richard Ford

3 Sean Leonard




1 Ed Manly

2 Barry Davidson

3 John Leigh Pemberton

4 Billy Lyle

5 David Carleton

6 Andy Kildea

7 Tim Stephenson

8 Trevor Stewart


Kennedy Motorcycles Supersport 


1 Michael Sweeney

2 Paul Jordan

3 Andy Farrell

4 Steven Procter

5 Michael Browne

6 Darren Cooper

7 James Chawke

8 Daniel Mettam

9 Forest Dunn

10 Ben Rea

11 Wayne Sheehan

12 Damian Horan

13 David Murphy

14 Noel Carroll

15 John O’Donovan

16 John Ella


Ollie’s Place & C&T Supermarket Junior 250/400/M3




1 Nigel Moore

2 Sean Leonard

3 Gary Jordan




1 John Ella




1 Stephen Morrison

2 Brian Loughlin


County Crest & Des D’Darcy Motors Grand Final 


1 Michael Sweeney

2 Darren Cooper

3 Daniel Mettam

4 Steven Procter

5 Andy Farrell 

6 Forest Dunn


Axa Open Race


1 Michael Sweeney

2 Paul Jordan

3 Darren Cooper

4 Steven Procter

5 Andy Farrell 

6 Daniel Mettam

7 James Chawke

8 Graham Kennedy

9 Forest Dunn

10 Damian Horan

11 Ben Rea

12 David Murphy

13 Noel Carroll


Road Racing Daily 2018 Skerries 100 Race Order




Friday 6th July 

Classic show & Parade Lap. Sign on from 5.30 with the parade lap starting at 7.30. 


Saturday 7th July Practice order* Roads Close at 12.00





Junior Support

Supersport 600

Classic A



Senior Support

Classic B


*Some classes may have 2 practice sessions depending on numbers that sign on.


Sunday 8th July - Roads close at 8 am (access to circuit is still available on foot after roads close. Park in designated car parks or on the roadside and then walk to the circuit.)


Racing starts at 10am - Race order.


Superbike/Open Championship Race 

Junior Support

Classic A

Super sport 600


Martin Finnegan Memorial Superbike Race 


Classic B

Supertwin 650

Senior Support

Martin Finnegan Parade Lap

Grand Final


Photo credit: Stephen Condron

Road Racing Daily Michael Dunlop will contest the Skerries 100 - photo by Mick Cooke




The Loughshinny Motorcycle Club plays host this weekend to the Country Crest / Des D'Arcy Motors Skerries 100 and the air of expectation is palpable as the list of high-calibre entrants promises to yield what could well be one of the most enthralling national meetings in years. 


The 72nd running of the Skerries 100 will honour one of road racing’s favourite sons, Martin Finnegan, with a special one-off (non-championship) race in his honour. The winner will secure the largest ever prize fund to be made available for a national road race in Ireland. 


With some of the biggest names in the sport signed on to contest the event, fans are surely in for a treat. 


Michael and William Dunlop will be in attendance. Michael, the current course record holder, will contrest all three super bike races as well as racing his MD Racing Supersport machine. 


Michael showed his typical road racing skill at this year’s TT, winning three races and setting three lap records in each of the races he won. 


William decided to call a halt to his TT to focus on some family time and to help heal some injuries he sustained following the North West 200, but there are few better national racers when it comes to the crunch so expect to see him fall straight back into the mix.  


Other stellar entrants include Derek McGee, fresh from winning five races last weekend at Enniskillen. McGee enjoyed a successful TT scoring a terrific podium in the lightweight race and he has been in imperious form on the national scene, no doubt riding on the crest of a wave. If ever a rider was in form, it’s the ‘Mullingar Missile’!


Home favourite Derek Sheils, nigh-on unbeatable in recent years in premier class national racing, will be on board the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki where he will be partnered by the Isle of Man TT’s second fastest newcomer Davey Todd. 


Local hero Micko Sweeney cannot be discounted for honours and must also be fancied to go close. Last year saw the local rider stand on the podium in each class he contested so the form book would suggest that he will be in the mix when racing gets underway. 


With such a high class line-up and a perfect weather forecast, it all promises to be a thrilling encounter.


Roads close for practice on Saturday 7th July at 12 noon, and on Sunday 8th July at 8am. The first race will be held at 10am. 


For more info please contact Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club.


Road Racing Daily Michael and William Dunlop confirmed for 2018 Skerries 100



Loughshinny Motorcycle Club announced today that 18 time TT winner Michael Dunlop will contest the forthcoming County Crest / Des D’Arcy Motors Skerries 100, taking place on the 7/8th July.

Michael Dunlop, the current course record holder, will contrest all three super bike races as well as racing his MD Racing Supersport machine.

With entrants including William Dunlop, Derek McGee, Derek Sheils and Micko Sweeney to name but a few of the bumper entrants, this year’s Skerries looks set to perhaps be the best on record and with a grand final prize of €5000 on offer for the winner of the Martin Finnegan Memorial Race, there is added incentive for the riders to perform. 

Roads close for practice on Saturday at 12 noon, and on Sunday 8th at 8am. The first race will be held at 10.

Road Racing Daily Derek Sheils at Skerries



As Loughshinny Motorcycle Club prepare for the 72nd Skerries 100, we are putting the word out about a major change to our event. Since its inception the event has always run on a Friday/Saturday however this year we have been granted dates to run on Saturday / Sunday. 


So a change in tradition will see us close the road on Saturday the 7th and Sunday 8th July for our Skerries 100 event. Watch out for our road closing notices with exact times closer to the event in local press and our signs on the roads affected which will be placed about 2 weeks before the event.


If you have any issues or require further information please do not hesitate to contact us by email at:


info@loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com or 086 0462535 (after 6pm).

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