Limerick charity ride to raise funds for JT McNamara

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Caherconlish charity ride and walk organiser Wesley Ryan, of Boskill Equestrian Centre, on Knockroe Hill with Fr Roy Donovan on horseback last year. Picture: Keith Wiseman
ALL THE MONEY raised from this weekend’s charity pony and horse ride in Caherconlish will go to JT McNamara.

ALL THE MONEY raised from this weekend’s charity pony and horse ride in Caherconlish will go to JT McNamara.

Organiser and proprietor of Boskill Equestrian Centre, Wesley Ryan said JT’s horrific fall in Cheltenham last year and subsequent serious injuries has touched everyone.

“We just wanted to show our support to JT,” said Wesley.

The third annual trek in the Caherconlish countryside takes place this Sunday, March 30 at 10.30am starting from the riding centre.

Wesley started the charity event in memory of his late grandfather, Pat Ryan.

The popular Caherconlish gentleman, known as “The Helley Boy”, loved horses.

Wesley started the equestrian centre, which provides horse riding lessons and treks in the countryside, in 2009.

He thought it would be a fitting tribute to run a charity one for his grandfather after he passed away in 2011.

Last year they gave over €3,000 to the parish and this year JT was the obvious choice.

The trek, which will take around three hours, costs €30 for children and €50 for adults.

There are 20 additions this year with Wesley, David Smith and Joe Slattery building new cross country jumps.

The event is open to everyone from young children on ponies as the jumps can be bypassed to the experienced horse rider.

They will go up Knockroe Hill and are hoping for the same weather as 2012 when temperatures hit the high teens compared to the frosty conditions last year.

If you would like to support JT McNamara and enjoy a picturesque trek in the countryside contact Wesley on 085 7673468 to book your place. He can also supply sponsorship cards if riders would like to collect money before and after the ride.

“Last year we had all ages – from a six-year-old on a pony to a lady in her seventies walking. Everyone is welcome to join in and afterwards we are going to the Millennium Centre for refreshments,” said Wesley, who wished to thank the landowners - Dickie Power, Ger Mulcaire and John Mulcaire - for the kind permission to use their fields.

Wesley opened the riding school five years ago in the middle of one of the worst recessions and it is going from strength to strength.

“New people are coming all the time,” he said.