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Irish Actor takes a trip down Memory Lane at NW200

15/05/2009

Gerard McSorleyRenowned Irish film and television actor Gerard McSorley who has starred in a huge range of screen and TV movies from Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, The Constant Gardener with Rachel Weisz and Meryl Streep’s Dancing at Lughnasa to Veronica Guerin with Cate Blanchett, historical drama The Tudors, Omagh, Bloody Sunday, Angela’s Ashes and Ordinary Decent Criminal, made a nostalgic trip to this year’s Kennedy International North West 200 in association with Coke Zero.

Gerard who hails from Omagh has fond childhood memories of the North West 200 as he spent time at the races in the North Coast region with his father Michael McSorley, a high profile rider in the 1930’s who clinched the top trophy at the North West in 1934 when he won the 250cc class on his Rudge. When Gerard’s dad stopped competitive racing he took on a marshalling role each year at the North West as well as running a motorbike business in Omagh and regularly brought his sons up on Race Day.

Michael McSorley features in this year’s 80th anniversary official programme on page 22 pictured with fellow rider Jim Woodside and a distinguished collection of silverware from their respective racing careers.

Actor Gerard McSorley soaked in the atmosphere, met some of the riders and volunteers and checked out the pits and paddock area before commitments take him down to Dublin. “It’s fantastic to be here and I’m only sorry that I’m not here on Race Day but I’d like to wish all the racers the very best of luck for Saturday.”

 

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