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GALWAY ARTIST Rachel Dubber will exhibit a large collection of her oil paintings, pencil, charcoal, and mixed media drawings at this year's Dublin Horse Show in the RDS.
THE INTERNATIONAL Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Galway on Tuesday May 26 to screen inspirational and exciting adventure and endurance films at the Town Hall Theatre.
The inaugural Connacht Cyclo-Cross Championships were held in the grounds of Westport House, the coastal seaside town was the perfect setting for such a championship with open green undulating fields surrounded by mature woodland.
Chris Troy (Castlebar CC) took his biggest road win of the season at the Mayo County Road Racing Championship held on a course based out of Cong but raced in the foothills of Joyce country. Cunga CC promoted the event and was well attended by most of the Mayo clubs. Troy, known more for his time trailing skills, used this discipline to forge a gap on the peloton, an early attack into a biting headwind looked doomed until strong man Richard Meaney Westport Covey CC jumped across.
Castlebar CC’s Karl Benson added the Mayo cycling league to his list of wins, the young sprinter won three of the nine rounds, beating some experienced seniors on the way, the league itself was a real hot bed for recruiting talent with quite a few new finds. The hill climb win by Con Doherty (Westport) on the last round with Cale Coen (Castlebar) second and fourth placed Sean Flynn (Westport) in the same event highlight the talent coming through the ranks.
Having come close to a win only days previous in the hotly contested Westport town centre criterium junior rider Jason Prendergast riding for Cong based Cunga CC managed to come up trumps this time around taking a fine solo win in the Western Lakes CC promoted Tourmakeady Festival race on Wednesday evening. In what proved to be ideal racing conditions the 45 rider field took to the line for the 50km handicapped event. With six minutes covering the field from front to back the last group to start had it all to do. Riding steady they worked well to whittle down the lead of those in front. By the halfway point most of the riders had been swept up by the strong men and the attacking started in earnest, with Ballinrobe man Padraig Marrey the first to fire a bullet from his gun. This move was gradually reeled in and just as it came together it was Jason Prendergast who took the initiative and launched a strong attack. Sensing the danger, it was Marrey who responded first and as the duo gathered momentum up front several more managed to close the gap making it five in the newly established breakaway. With the majority of the clubs present now represented out front this move had every likelihood to succeed, and while those behind mounted a consistent chase the strength of the front group never looked like being overhauled. On to the finish where Prendergast decided to go alone with approximately 2km remaining and managed to hold on for a fine win with Marrey left to settle for second on the night.
Westport was the venue recently for the second ever Mayo Cycling Championship. The event attracted the best cyclists that Mayo has to offer with in-form riders such as Patrick Clarke from Castlebar and professional rider Charles Prendergast from Louisburgh taking their place on the starting line along with 51 other cyclists from the nine cycling clubs in Mayo.
Blood Bike West will be launched on Monday next in the Huntsman Inn watched on by TV star and long distance motorcyclist Charley Boorman, and acclaimed motorbike stunt rider Mattie Griffin who will entertain onlookers with a brace of astounding tricks that he has performed for audiences at his world renowned shows.
This evening, Friday June 8, the John Holian memorial cup will take place. Sign up will commence from 6.15pm at O’Malley’s Bar, Cross and the race gets under way at 7.30pm. The race will take in five laps of a seven mile circuit taking in the Neale, Cong and Cross. The event is open to all from 16 up, a handicap system will be in place.
Ray O’Shaughnessy of Cuchulainn CC claimed this year’s victory, denying Galway’s Derek Joyce in the third annual Ras Connemara and Gerry Clancy Memorial Cup.