Ger McDonnell Memorial Charity Cycle

On Saturday last 27th July a massive crowd of cyclists gathered in Kilcornan to set off on what was the 5th year of the Ger McDonnell Memorial Charity Cycle. The money raised from the cycle on this occasion was going towards Limerick Youth Services. Cyclists came from the four corners of Ireland, a special mention goes to Sam Maloney who travels from London each year and to John Hanley who travels from Washington DC ( Maybe President Obama might travel with him next year !) The morning started off great with the sun shining throughout, all cyclists congregated in the hall to be spoken to by cycle chairman and main organiser Barry Lynch, Catherine Kelly, Director of the Youth Service spoke next, leaving the final word to newly appointed Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council John Sheehan. Ger’s mother Gertie cut the ribbon along with John Sheehan to officially start the cycle. First out to the bemusement of all there to support were local man and employee of Limerick Youth Service Ger O’Brien with Catherine Kelly leading out on a tandem bike. So it began, 154 cyclists started out on the long and hilly road to Doolin. Thankfully 8 hours later all cyclists reached the County Clare destination with no incidents or scares thank God. The cycle itself was a massive success with money raised in excess of €10,000 on the day, with more cards still to come in. Without all the volunteers and supporters on the day, this cycle would not be possible. A big thank you to committee chairman Barry Lynch for his trojan work along with Siobhan Guinane and Maire O’Brien from Limerick Youth Services. To the McDonnell sisters Martha, Stephanie and Denise for organising the food and drinks, they were a very welcome sight on the road at pivotal points. Finally thank you to all 154 cyclists who made the effort to get on their bikes and brave the elements, especially the thunder storms on the Clare side… without those people we would have no cycle. We hope the day was enjoyed and we look forward to the return leg next summer.