The high road to Cuba for Boyle sisters

Two Co Roscommon sisters are hitting the road this November in what promises to be an incredible adventure, all in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Mary and Patricia Molloy - from Ballinafad and Knockvicar, respectively - will be taking part in the Cuba Cycle Challenge from November 12 to 20th.

Two Co Roscommon sisters are hitting the road this November in what promises to be an incredible adventure, all in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Mary and Patricia Molloy - from Ballinafad and Knockvicar, respectively - will be taking part in the Cuba Cycle Challenge from November 12 to 20th.

The cycle will be a gruelling one with legs of between 40 to 80km a day, often across very poor roads, in addition to a hike up a mountain to Caburni Waterfalls, but Patricia and Mary say they are looking forward to the challenge. In total they will be cycling 260km in Cuba over four days. They are currently undertaking training and, Patricia jokes, may be spotted pedalling furiously around Lough Key, Lough Arrow and in and around Boyle!

As part of their fund raising for the cycle Patricia and Mary have organised a number of exciting events for September.

Kicking off the events is a special Film weekend featuring films with a common link - acclaimed author, John McGahern. The films will be screened in the mobile cinema, Cinema North-West on September 8 and 9. The cinema will be parked in the Lough Key Forest Park for this special weekend and films to be shown include The Rockingham Shoot which is loosely based on events in the local area; ‘Korea’, a film written by McGahern and the Documentary ‘A Private World’ which was made about McGahern shortly before his death.

Tickets for this special event are available in The Dock and The Reading Room in Carrick-on-Shannon as well as Surprises and Better-Buys in Boyle.

One off the highlights of the planned fund raising events is a special Cookery Demonstration by acclaimed chef, Neven Maguire in the luxurious surroundings of Kilronan Castle on Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm. In addition to the demonstration there will be a wide range of crafts, jewellery, preserves and home baking for sale and the evening also includes a complimentary glass of wine and canapés from 7pm. A raffle will also be held on the night with the opportunity to win dinner plus bed and breakfast for two at Neven’s MacNean House Restaurant in Blacklion as well as other brilliant prizes sponsored by Kilronan Castle, Lough Rynn Castle and other local businesses.

Tickets for this event are just €20 and are available from Kilronan Castle, Mulvey’s Newsagents, Carrick-on-Shannon and Surprise and Better Buys in Boyle. This event will help to raise funds for both the Alzheimers Society of Ireland and Local Community Development and with a chance to see the very talented Neven Maguire cooking up a storm, it is guaranteed to be a great night out.

Best of all. Patricia and Mary have kindly given the Leitrim Observer a pair of tickets to give away for this very special evening. If you’d like to get your hands on a pair of tickets to the Neven Maguire Cookery Demonstration on September 19 then just answer the following question: What town is Neven’s award winning restaurant based in?

a) Manorhamilton

b) Dublin

c) Blacklion.

Email your name, address and phone contact details along with your answer to lmckiernan@leitrimobserver.ie. Make sure to write the Neven Maguire Cookery Demonstration competition in the subject bar on the email. The winners will be announced in the Leitrim Observer on September 5.

Keep an eye on the Leitrim Observer for further details on fund raising events planned by Patricia and Mary and don’t forget to wish them luck as they complete their training!