Limerick to Leitrim cycle

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The third annual Delma Cavanagh cycle will take place this weekend with 26 cyclists set to cycle from Limerick to Dromahair raising funds for the Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust (SHOUT).

The third annual Delma Cavanagh cycle will take place this weekend with 26 cyclists set to cycle from Limerick to Dromahair raising funds for the Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust (SHOUT).

The idea for the cycle came from John Cavanagh who is originally from Limerick but now lives in Dromahair. John wanted to cycle from Dromahair to Limerick in memory of his late mother, Delma and was joined two years ago on the journey by five others.

Last year saw the cycle grow further as 15 cyclists made the return journey from Limerick to Dromahair.

This year the route has been altered and the group will depart Limerick on Friday morning and travel towards Ennis before leaving the main road and taking in the stunning scenery of West Clare as they navigate through The Burren, Ballyvaughan and Kinvara before resting after 150km in Tuam.

Day two of the trip will see the group, travel up the N17 from Tuam before leaving the main road in Tubbercurry and negotiating the roads around Cloonacool, Coolaney, Collooney before their expected arrival in Dromahair at approximately 2.30pm, having completed a total of 260km over the two days.

Throughout the two days the group will be accompanied by a support team which includes a van, pace car, two escort bike marshals and a Garda escort provided by Sligo Traffic Corps.

In order to make the two day event run as smoothly as possible the group have received help from many local businesses.

Atlas Logistics, part of the Pallet Network will transport the bikes from Dromahair to Dublin and from there they will be taken to Limerick by Abhainnn Logistics.

Gary’s Cycles, Sligo have also got on board to offer assistance and have supplied the support van and spares for the group.

Similarly to last year, Rory O’Brien will also be accompanying the group and he will document the cycle in photo and video with a commemorative dvd to be produced after the successful completion of the cycle.

Anybody wishing to sponsor any of the cyclists taking part can contact any of the group or John Cavanagh on (087) 2660105.