Easter Sunday cycle in County Limerick for life-saving cause

Mike O'Mara, Austin Sheedy, Richard Hayes 
Cal McCarthy and Mike Mulholland ahead of this weekend's cycle

Mike O'Mara, Austin Sheedy, Richard Hayes Cal McCarthy and Mike Mulholland ahead of this weekend's cycle


CYCLISTS from all over Ireland are set to converge on the town of Kilmallock this Sunday to take part in Kilmallock Cycling Club’s Hub Tour 2014 in aid of Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol in Limerick.

The group was set up in response to Limerick having one of the highest rates of suicide in the country. Since the group was first set up in November 2011, many lives have been saved by the patrols on the River Shannon.

Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol (CSPP) patrols the river three times a week but with financial aid they will be in a position to extend their patrols.

With two routes of 120km and 80km to choose from, and crossing over three different counties - Limerick, Cork and Tipperary - surrounded by amazing countryside, the Hub Tour is considered one of the best events on Cycling Ireland’s calendar.

“It is ranked up there with the Wicklow 200 and the Ring of Kerry and continues to attract large numbers,” said Carmel Ryan, Kilmallock Cycling Club PRO.

Kilmallock Cycling Club have put a great deal of work into this sportive and are one of the few that can boast a breakfast that morning, a food stop and top-class marshalling on the roads.

On their return to Kilmallock, cyclists will be greeted by the now famous pig on the spit, which Rory O’Sullivan, club member, will start cooking at 4am on Sunday morning.

Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol conduct patrols around the year including Christmas and New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day and also more recently Student Race Day.

Once they are kitted out, and have their telephones set to 999, the patrol group head out beside Sarsfield House for the first loop of the river. This takes in Arthur’s Quay and Sarsfield Bridge, where the group of five divides up with one group going back towards King John’s Castle, and the other heading towards the Clarion Hotel.

Due to their attire of luminous jackets and cargo pants, the members have been approached by several people, thanking CSPP for the work they do.

“This cycle is for everyone. We don’t mind how long it takes for a cyclist to get around the routes. We want you to enjoy it while we raise much needed funds for CSPP Suicide Prevention Limerick,” continued Ms Ryan.

Entry fee is €30 (€33 without a CI licence).

For more details or to register your details log onto www.kilmallockcyclingclub.com




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