Limerick city and Glin on Cycle against Suicide route

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Mike Dillane and Pat OConnor, Mountcollins, and Martin Hennessy, Kilfinane, at last year's Cycle Against Suicide pit stop at the Community Hall, Newcastle West. The event returns to Limerick this year. Picture: Dave Gaynor
SECRET millionaire and founder of Cycle against Suicide Jim Breen will visit Glin and Limerick city next month as part of the build-up to this year’s Cycle against Suicide, which takes to the roads of Ireland on April 27 and finishes 1,400 kilometres later on May 10 in Dublin.

SECRET millionaire and founder of Cycle against Suicide Jim Breen will visit Glin and Limerick city next month as part of the build-up to this year’s Cycle against Suicide, which takes to the roads of Ireland on April 27 and finishes 1,400 kilometres later on May 10 in Dublin.

Limerick city will be an overnight stop hosting hundreds of cyclists in this year’s event and Glin has also been designated as a lunctime stop.

But in a new twist to this year’s event, founder Jim Breen is preparing to run the 1,400 kilometre route in advance of the cycle. And as part of that 28-day run, Jim will run from Glin on April 14 all the way to Limerick city along the coast road and will set out from Limerick the following morning.

The idea behind the run is to visit even more communities than ever and to build support for the Cycle against Suicide.

“Since its foundation three years ago, Cycle Against Suicide has made incredible inroads in breaking the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland,” Jim Breen said.

“We have met with communities across the length and breadth of Ireland, all of whom have reached out to us with open arms. However, we are acutely aware of people we have not yet made contact with and the run is designed to do just that. By accessing new audiences, we will make more and more people aware of the supports that are available to them in their own communities.”

“We want everyone across the island of Ireland, to know, that it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help,” Mr Breen continued.

The run, he said, allowed them to drum up support for the cycle, encouraging people to get on their bike, to volunteer or provide homestays.

“Yes, it is a daunting task, but we are confident that we will receive great support along the way,” he said.

During his run, Mr Breen expects to run approximately 50 kilometres each day. He will be joined along the route by well known faces from the sporting world, including international athlete Sonia O’Sullivan and motivational speaker and runner, Gerry Duffy.

Over the course of the four weeks, Jim and a Cycle Against Suicide team will visit prisons, voluntary groups and businesses throughout the island.

They are also inviting local schools and community groups to get behind Run for Cycle Against Suicide by joining in 5km Fun Runs/Walks in conjunction with Athletics Ireland.

Jim plans to be back in Belfast on April 26, just in time to start the Cycle against Suicide.

Last year, some 300 cyclists did the entire cycle while hundreds more joined in for one or more stages. The Cycle against Suicide will arrive in Limerick city on Saturday, May 2 and will leave the following morning for Tralee.

There will be a lunchtime stopover in Glin on Sunday, May 3.

For more information or to register go to www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.