Presenting the Cheque to Mr. Lars Nolke Cardio Thoracic Surgeon from Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital are the members of the 32 Counties Cycle Crew.
On the 28th May this year, sixteen hardy athletes from Galway Triathlon Club took on a mammoth task of cycling into every county in Ireland over a 5 day period. The challenge entailed cycling 1,000 kilometres over the June Bank Holiday weekend travelling into one town in every one of the 32 counties. The Challenge was undertaken to build awareness and raise funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin which is now the centre of excellence for the 32 counties.
Speaking about the challenge, Fergus Dunne who co-ordinated the event said ‘My daughter Laoise (aged 12) underwent full open heart surgery in June 2014, the surgery was a huge success however the time spent in the hospital highlighted the need to raise vital funds to ensure the level and quality of services for the future. We are overwhelmed with the support shown to us by family, friends, colleagues and sponsors and are delighted to be able to present a cheque to Gerry Cully of Crumlin Children’s Hospital of almost €22,000’
On the 27th of May the team left Galway for Duagh Co. Kerry where the challenge commenced, that day the team cycled through Kerry, Limerick, Cork, Clare & Tipperary. The weather conditions were extremely wet and windy yet the weather did not dampen enthusiasm of the cyclists.
Day 2 saw the team travel from Tipperary to Sligo taking Offaly, Westmeath, Longford, Roscommon, Galway, Mayo & Sligo. The 209km route was completed in wet and windy weather yet again but support on route & on the radio lifted the spirits of the team. Day 3 took the team from Sligo to Cookstown Co. Tyrone via Leitrim, Donegal, Fermanagh & Tyrone. Weather conditions were more favourable and the team made good time.
Day 4 was the longest of the 5 covering a total of 235km taking the team from Cookstown to Dublin via Derry, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Meath & Dublin. The team hit the road at 7.30am and arrived in Dublin at 6.30pm. The weather played a major part in the day as the wind was from the South and almost all the day they cycled into a strong head wind and then 40km from Dublin the skies opened to add insult to injury. The mood in the camp was a bit subdued but once refuelled and warmed up the optimism lifted as they were on the home stretch with only one day left and the finish line was in sight.
Day 5 the 31st May the team departed Dublin for Waterford via Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford & Waterford. Weather or wind could not contain the troops as the team pushed hard to finish strongly finally arriving in Waterford at 4.30pm and the celebrations commenced.
The cycle was supported by a number of local companies who did not hesitate to support the challenge and the charity; Tom Dempsey Flooring, Bradley Motors, Irish Life, Yankee Candles Abbeygate St. Tribesman Triathlon Series, Nourish Café Bearna & Zurich Insurance