Cycle from Mountjoy to Lecarrow in memory of Darragh Kenny

A cycle in memory of Darragh Kenny from Lecarrow will take place next month, in which a group of cyclists will make the trip from Mountjoy prison to Lecarrow.

This is the third annual cycle, to take place on Saturday, August 22, the proceeds of which will go to Croí.

Darragh, who was a prison officer at Mountjoy, died suddenly two years ago. He was hugely popular and his family and friends are organising this event in his memory. People from all over the country have taken part in the memorial cycle for the past two years.

The organisers are hoping that around €20,000 will be raised from the event this year; last year €15,000 was collected. Some 130 cyclists took part last year and to date, more than 150 have registered for this year’s event.

“We are trying to beat that this year,” said one of the organisers Dermot Kelly, who is urging people to take part to support the fight against heart disease and stroke.

“It is open to all groups and all cyclists who would like to take part. There will be support vehicles and there will be a stop in Kinnegad,” he added. Organisers are hoping that supporters who are unable to take part in the cycle will turn out in Lecarrow that evening.

There are two distance options: Mountjoy to Lecarrow which is 150 kilometres, or Kinnegad to Lecarrow, which is 75 kilometres.

The cycle will get underway at 10am in Mountjoy and it is expected to finish in Lecarrow at 6.30pm. There will be music and refreshments at the finish line and marquees will be set up in the area.

The main sponsor is Hamrock’s in Brideswell, while Mountjoy and Castlerea prisons are also helping out.

The entry fee is €25 and this includes a limited edition jersey.

Anyone interested in taking part should log on to www.croi.ie

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