OVER €50,000 has been raised for St Joseph’s Foundation in Charleville in the name of one man - Dave Riordan.
Sixty-four cyclists rode from Malin to Mizen head in his memory.
He passed away in 2010 from prostate cancer but before he died he planted the idea of the cycle club in the minds of his family and friends. Team Dave Riordan has raised over €100,000 for charities. The Malin to Mizen cycle has been their biggest challenge thus far and to date they have raised over €50,000 with more sponsorship cards to collect.
Maurice Riordan, Dave’s brother, was joined by siblings Joe, Dick, Brian, James, Mary and nephew Josh as well as many of Dave’s friends. In an unusual route they went via Granagh and passed Dave’s home in Cregane.
“We were expecting 50 or 60 people but there were upto 400 at O’Gorman’s shop. We couldn’t believe it. Granagh Development Association presented us with a surprise cheque for €1,000 which was brilliant and a huge lift.
“We gave everybody to opportunity to lead from the front through their parish,” said Maurice. The family and friends of Dave Riordan took over towards Cregane.
“We cycled in around the house as a mark of respect. It was a very emotional part of the trip,” said Maurice.
Maura O’Sullivan, PRO, said it is a day that will be “etched in our memories forever more”. They headed for St Joseph’s Foundation, Charleville where they again got a great welcome.
“The final leg of the journey was 105km of fairly tough climbing but adrenaline was pushing us on. We reached the end to rapturous applause and cheering from our many family and friends who gathered to welcome us in. Many tears were shed from a tired but exhilarated group of cyclists. This journey has been one of the best weeks of my life - the camaraderie was incredible,” said Maura, who wished to thank everybody who helped on their mammoth cycle. A welcome home party took place in Gough’s in Charleville.
All the money raised will go towards buying equipment, including a horse simulator, for St Joseph’s Foundation new day and therapeutic centre, incorporating equine therapy, in Granagh.
Log on to www.teamdaveriordan.ie to donate.