RTE Weather Presenter Gerry Murphy launched the 2014 Carrickmacross Lions Club Cycle in the Shirley Arms Hotel on Saturday 5th April in front of a large group of cyclists from throughout the North East Region.
The well known Carrickmacross native is himself a cyclist following his earlier sporting career of football and running. He praised the charity work undertaken by the Carrickmacross Lions Club and the merits of their chosen causes.
Representatives from cycling clubs from Clones, Killylough, Carrickmacross, Ardee, the newly formed 4 Counties Cycling Club and Dundalk’s Cuchulainn Cycling Club were present to hear him pledge that he will return himself on Sunday 4th May to take part in the event.
Lions Club Member Andrew Spare outlined the two routes chosen for this year’s event namely the 30km Oriel Route for beginner or leisure cyclists to Tallanstown and the 90km Drumlin Route for more experienced cyclists which takes advantage of the rolling terrain of counties Monaghan and Cavan.
He welcomed the representatives from the different cycling clubs to the launch as well as Mayor of Carrickmacross Matt Carthy and local Garda cyclist Brenda Gargan.
He also acknowledge the fact that 100% of the money raised from Lions Club events goes directly to charity with the proceeds from the Lions Club Cycle going towards Alzheimer’s Support.
The Carrickmacross Lions Club Cycle will take place on Sunday 4th May 2014. Event registration will be open between 8am and 9.30am in The Phoenix Sports Centre, Church Lane, Carrickmacross. The 90km Drumlin Route for more experienced cyclists will start at 9.30am and the shorter 30km Oriel Route will set off from Main Street at 10am. Showers, massages and refreshments will be available at The Phoenix Sports Centre on the cyclists return.