Roughan & O’Donovan’s Kieran O’Riordan, Stephen Maher and Eoin Ó Catháin were among over seven thousand cyclists who took part in the 35th Ring of Kerry charity cycle last Saturday.
The cycle is the biggest one-day charity fundraising event in Ireland. It attracts thousands of leisure cyclists, from Ireland and abroad, to complete the 175km challenge across the spectacular Ring of Kerry.
Over the past 35 years, the event has raised more than €15 million for 150 charities, including Pieta House, Enable Ireland and Down Syndrome Kerry.
O’Riordan, Maher and Ó Catháin began their cycle in Killarney, and followed a route that took in Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Caherdaniel, Castlecove, Sneem, Kenmare and Moll’s Gap.
‘It was a hard day with some very long climbs,’ said O’Riordan. ‘We were cycling for more than seven hours in very warm conditions, so we were never so happy to see a bit of rain!’
When they made it across the finish line, the three cyclists promised themselves, ‘Never again.' But, back in the office today, the sweat and pain has been forgotten and all the talk is of the beautiful day and the breath-taking views over Dingle Bay and the Killarney Lakes.
Plans are already being made for next year.
Congratulations to all the cyclists and volunteers involved.