Cyclists saddle up for charity 110km event

Cyclists saddle up for charity 110km event

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Photo: Sean Curtin
Photo: Sean Curtin

Cyclists from Aer Lingus and Shannon Airport saddled up this morning for a special 110k round trip straddling Clare and Galway in aid of two worthy charities.

All proceeds from the event will go to the two Shannon Group designated charities for 2016, Irish Children’s Arthritis Network (iCan) and Abalta Special School for students with autism in Galway.

The Aer Lingus Charity Cycle is now in its third successive year and set off from Shannon Airport this morning. Organised by Shannon Group staff, the cycle forms part of their annual charity fundraising programme.

This year’s cycle will travel west from Shannon, up to Gort via Kilmurry, Kilkishen, Tulla and returning via Clooney, Quin and Newmarket-on-Fergus, before making it back to Shannon.

Photo: Sean Curtin
Photo: Sean Curtin

Declan Smyth, Chairperson of the Shannon Group Charity Committee, said: “We are delighted to have Aer Lingus on board as our sponsor. It is a major boost for the cycle and will certainly help raise awareness of the event, grow participation numbers and, more importantly, proceeds for the charities.”

Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales, Aer Lingus, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Shannon Airport and support this year’s charity cycle event. Cycling is leading the way in terms of fitness and staying healthy and has become a very popular pastime. The Aer Lingus Charity Cycle not only promises a really great day out but will also help to raise valuable funds for two very worthy causes.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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