Morning Ireland on its bike to Westmeath

RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship news programme Morning Ireland is taking its bike to Westmeath’s high roads and byroads to bring interesting unheard stories and voices to the station’s listeners.

The Ireland by Bike series will hear the stories of real people at the start of the summer as reporter Cian McCormack travels on his bike for 10 days in June stopping in towns, villages, and communities from the Midlands to the South East. Cian will be visiting Westmeath, Galway, Offaly, Tipperary, Carlow, Wexford, Waterford, and Cork during the series.

Ireland by Bike will gauge tourism, communities working for themselves, and people’s views on politics, services, and Government, among other issues.

Cian will be making daily reports on Morning Ireland from Wednesday, June 1 to Friday, June 10. Listeners can interact with the Ireland by Bike series directly by emailing [email protected] or on Twitter @cian_mccormack or @morningireland.

“Two years ago I cycled the Wild Atlantic Way for Morning Ireland. This time I’ll be cycling parts of Ireland’s Ancient East and hopefully getting to places I sometimes don’t get a chance to stop in when I’m on the road for Morning Ireland,” said Cian.

“I’m hoping to hear stories from people as I travel. I want to take the temperature of the nation post-Government formation. I’m also interest to see how people, families, and communities are facing the summer,” said Cian.

“I’m hoping to meet people and that they tell their stories too – maybe they are running an interesting local festival or have something positive to tell us. But also, I’m interested in seeing how areas have recovered after the heavy storms that hammered the country during the winter,” he added.

To contact Cian before he takes to his bike, email the special email address for the series at [email protected].

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