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Monday 18 November 2019

Pedal to the metal for the RNLI

Cyclists at the start of the RNLI fundraiser at the Railway Club in Rosslare Harbour
Cyclists at the start of the RNLI fundraiser at the Railway Club in Rosslare Harbour
Patricia Molloy and Billy Breen
Willow Carter and John Dromey

Pádraig Byrne

A traditional RNLI fundraiser was revived with a twist in Rosslare as a total of 65 cyclists put the pedal to the metal for a great cause. In years gone by, an annual cycle from Rosslare to Wexford proved a great fundraiser for the volunteer led RNLI service and the decision was taken to revive it this year, offering routes to accommodate children, Sunday cyclists and hardened pedallers.

'We had a great turnout considering that this was the first year,' said Tommy Carroll, one of those behind the fundraiser.

'There used to be a cycle to Wexford years ago so we decided to do it again, but bigger. The feedback was really good and we had cycling clubs from Blackwater, Wexford and Enniscorthy all taking part. Everyone finished safely and we'll definitely go on to make it an annual event. We'll meet now and discuss what we can do to make things even better next year.'

The children's route saw the younger cyclists pedal from Rosslare Harbour to Kilrane and back again, while there were two routes for adults to choose from. One went from Rosslare to the Drinagh Roundabout and back, while the other travelled as far as Enniscorthy and back.

In total the event raised €1,050 for the RNLI. 'Not bad for a day's work,' Tommy smiled.

The organisers wished to thank everyone who came along and took part and the volunteers who helped make the day such a success and they are already looking forward to next year.

Wexford People

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