Eleven cyclists from the Lecarrow Lazers Cycling Club in south Roscommon completed a mammoth 600km cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head last week, raising over €7,000 for two local causes in the process.
The Lecarrow club hosts a cycle each year in memory of local man Darragh Kenny, a son of Liam and Fidelma Kenny, who died suddenly from cardiac arrest in 2013 at the age of 28.
Each year the club raises funds for heart charity Croí and this year it also raised money for the Lough Ree ‘Access For All’ boat based in Ballyleague-Lanesboro.
Darragh’s sister, Sarah Kenny, paid tribute to the cyclists earlier this week.
“As it stands, we’ve raised around €7,500 for the two causes. It’s fantastic what the cyclists have done because we weren’t expecting anything to happen this year due to Covid-19. This was something the cyclists involved decided to do themselves. It was meant to be a fun cycle but they said why not raise money for the Lough Ree Access For All Boat and Croí while they were doing it,” she said.
The local community in Lecarrow once again came out in a show of support for the cyclists who arrived in the village last Thursday en route to Malin Head. There was also widespread support from national Lions Clubs and local businesses along the route.
“It was great to get out last Thursday and see a small crowd gathered, socially distanced of course. It gave the cyclists a great boost before they got back on the road the following day,” Sarah added.
Sarah offered sincere thanks to all those who have donated and supported the Darragh Kenny Memorial Cycle over the years, an event which has raised over €90,000 Croí so far.
Funds raised from this year’s event will go towards the heart and stroke charity Croí as well as the Lough Ree Access For All Boat which will be used to transport wheelchair users from all over the country around the Roscommon lake and further afield