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Sunday 15 September 2019

Mammoth cycle raises funds for three charities

Niall McDonnell and his fellow cyclists present the cheque to Olive Ronan, Pieta House, Johnny Moore, RNLI Kilmore Quay, and Con Roche, St Mary’s GAA
Niall McDonnell and his fellow cyclists present the cheque to Olive Ronan, Pieta House, Johnny Moore, RNLI Kilmore Quay, and Con Roche, St Mary’s GAA

After cycling from one side of the country and back again, a group of dedicated fundraisers presented a cheque for €6,000 to three local charities.

The cycle, which saw 25 participants do a 200-mile round trip from Kilmore Quay to Mizen Head, was organised by Niall McDonnell and all proceeds raised will now be shared between St Mary's GAA Club in Rosslare, Kilmore Quay RNLI and Pieta House.

'We have been fundraising for St Mary's and the RNLI since the start, but this year two of the participants asked that we include Pieta House so we included them too,' said Niall.

Now in its seventh year, the event has so far raised over €43,000 for its chosen charities and plans are already afoot for next year's cycle.

'We'll be doing it on June 13 and 14 next year,' confirmed Niall. 'It's a cycle geared for everybody. We bring two support vans with us so if you reach 30km and feel you need a break then we'll take one. We always get a great welcome home from everyone in Kilmore. They put on teas and coffees and refreshments for us.'

Thanking all those who had helped make it possible, including jersey sponsors Saltee Fish, Niall said the cycle was continuing to grow in popularity, with more people taking part every year.

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