Beds for 200 cyclists – now just 20 more needed in Limerick

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Martin Hannan, organiser of the Limerick Cycle Against Suicide team, with rugby legend Alan Quinlan, Kildare Rose of Tralee Ailish Brennan and some of the cyclists at the launch of the Limerick leg of the Cycle Against Suicide 2015
THE organisers of the Limerick leg of the Cycle Against Suicide are thrilled at the response from the public, to put up cyclists for the night of their visit to Limerick.

THE organisers of the Limerick leg of the Cycle Against Suicide are thrilled at the response from the public, to put up cyclists for the night of their visit to Limerick.

“We have found 200 beds for cyclists and just need 20 more,” local organiser Martin Hannan explained.

The cycle will see anything between 600 and 800 cyclists arrive into Limerick on Saturday May 2, arriving in the city at around 5pm, and then heading to Raheen.

This year’s cycle coincides in what will be a great weekend for Limerick with Riverfest and The Great Limerick Run, but as a result overnight beds for the cyclists have been scarce, resulting in the organisers putting out an appeal for beds.

Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme.

The main objective of the cycle is to promote positive mental health and raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide. Munster and Irish rugby hero Alan Quinlan is right behind the cycle and hopes the public will give a big Limerick welcome to the cyclists.

“I’m really happy to highlight such an important event and encourage the people of Limerick to support by offering a bed for a cyclist or volunteer. Your kindness towards this magnificent cause will be hugely appreciated.“

One of the cyclists, Ailish Brennan, who works in Dell, was recently chosen as the Rose of Tralee for Kildare and is excited to ge taking part.

“I’m really looking forward to the big cycle – and what an importance event it is for Ireland and for Limerick too,” she said. “As a cyclist and also a volunteer, I appreciate what goes into the organisation and ask everybody to support in any way you can.”

Anyone who can help out with a bed for one of the visiting cyclists can ring Martin Hannan on 087-6734846.