World record attempt by local group on motorcycles

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

SEVEN Limerick men are planning to make a world record this summer by circumnavigating Ireland on motorcycles over a gruelling two days.

SEVEN Limerick men are planning to make a world record this summer by circumnavigating Ireland on motorcycles over a gruelling two days.

Ken Counihan, of the Limerick Marshals, a motorcycling club which assists An Garda Siochana in its duties, said they will be motorcycling for nine hours per days.

And if they make it on time they hope it will make it into the Guinness Book of Records.

The challenge is to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, which helps individuals who suffer from neuromuscular disorders, characterised by the progressive weakening of the muscles.

He and six fellow motorcyclists will depart from Limerick on the morning of August 27 and will cover over 1,200 miles in 48 hours.

Upon leaving Limerick they will head up the west coast, travelling through the Burren and Connemara, and onto Donegal.

On day two they will leave Belfast, have a relatively straight run on the motorway down the east coast, before travelling to onto Cork, Kerry and back to Limerick at roughly 9pm the following day.

The 53 year-old said the all-male group can only take one 45-minute break per day.

“I hope the motorbike challenge to circumnavigate Ireland will help the charity raise vital funds and also increase the awareness and understanding about the condition,” said Mr Counihan, from St Patrick’s Road, Singland.

Meanwhile, the MDI is hosting the fourth cycle challenge around Lough Derg in June, with support from Mr Counihan, and his Limerick Motorcycle Marshals team.

Spoof character Concy Ryan – aka actor Francis Ryan from Corbally – will also be joining in the cycle.

The cycle will take participants through the Shannon region and will take place on Saturday, June 11 starting at Two Mile Gate, Killaloe.

The route is approximately 70 miles with food and refreshment supplied throughout the day.

All levels of fitness are catered for and all are welcome to take part.

To date the cycle has raised over €8,000 for respite support services.

Proceeds from both events will be used towards the provision of the respite support Services for some 573 members. For more details see www.mdi.ie or call 086 8185352.