Amy, Shane & Denis Griffin with Conor Cusack all from Castletroy at the launch of this year's Tour de Munster
THE annual Tour de Munster charity cycle will make its way through Limerick next week, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.
More than 100 cyclists will tour through Limerick on the first day on Thursday, August 4, starting in Waterford and finishing the 600km course in Cork on Sunday, August 7.
Also gearing up for the event is cycling legend, Sean Kelly, who will join the participants in the provincial race, which will cover an array of villages, towns and cities.
All funds raised from the charity cycle will go directly to the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland, now in its 7th year as beneficiary of the cycle.
Tour de Munster founder, Paul Sheridan said that there is “huge admiration” for those taking part in the cycle.
“These cyclists dedicate months to training and fundraising for the annual cycle.
“The Tour is a real endurance test for the amateur cyclists and the public support makes such a huge difference to all of the participants.
“Supporters are a vital ingredient to the success of the tour, they contribute to such a fantastic atmosphere, cheering and motivating the cyclists throughout the cycle.
“With all donations going straight to Munster branches of DSI, we’re encouraging the people of Munster to dig deep, come out and support, and help raise much needed funds for this worthwhile cause.”
He said that they want to “keep up the momentum” following several years of “phenomenal success”.
He added that “many families’ lives are improved” as a result of DSI’s regional branches.