Monday, October 07, 2019

The cyclists at Ballaghaderreen GAA Club after an epic journey from London

An epic London to Ballaghaderreen cycle raised over €200,000 for Motor Neuron Disease and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Beginning their journey on September 30, the cyclists finally pulled into their final destination on Saturday having obtained more than double their fundraising goal.

A group of 31 cyclists took off from London, cycling up to Liverpool where they caught a Ferry to Dublin. Another 17 people joined them in Croke Park for the Irish leg.

The charity cycle was organised by Finbar Holian of the Claddagh Ring pub in north London as a tribute to his brother-in-law Frank Kelly, who passed away from motor neuron disease.

As a postman, and a GAA player and manager at the local club, Mr Kelly was a prominent member of the Ballaghaderreen community.

“We got such a great welcome in Ballaghaderreen. There were kids out, GAA players and everything; it was absolutely amazing,” said Mr Holian, who is from Galway.

“Frank would have really enjoyed being part of it and seeing the amount of effort that people put in,” he said.

“To finish at Ballaghaderreen GAA Club, which was his second home, was just brilliant.”

Senator John O’Mahoney, who helped organise the welcome reception said a “huge effort” was shown by the community.

“It was great to see everyone coming together to celebrate such a fantastic achievement,” he said.

“The amount of money raised just shows the goodwill felt towards Frank.”

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