This year’s Tour de Munster charity cycle is just around the corner.
The annual event in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland will pedal into gear in Waterford on Thursday, 4th August, and finishes up in Cork on Sunday, 7th August. Over 100 cyclists have signed up for the Tour and are getting geared up for this year’s event!
Travelling over 600 km in just four days, the amateur cyclists will make their way through beautiful cities, towns and villages of all six counties of Munster. Joining them will be cycling legend Sean Kelly, who is a huge supporter of the event with this being his 11th year participating in the Tour de Munster. All funds raised from the charity cycle will go directly to the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI), now in its 7th year as beneficiary of the cycle. Since its inception in 2001, Tour de Munster has raised over €2 million for its beneficiaries with almost €1.6 million for DSI alone.
Paul Sheridan, who established Tour de Munster, could not be prouder of the Tour and its many participants over the last 15 years. “There is huge admiration for those partaking and supporting the cycle. These cyclists dedicate months to training and fundraising for the annual cycle. The Tour is a real endurance test for the amateur cyclists and the public support makes such a huge difference to all of the participants.
“Supporters are a vital ingredient to the success of the tour, they contribute to such a fantastic atmosphere, cheering and motivating the cyclists throughout the cycle. With all donations going straight to Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland, we’re encouraging the people of Munster to dig deep, come out and support, and help raise much needed funds for this worthwhile cause from August 4th to 7th.”
Paul continued “With the phenomenal success in fundraising in recent years, we really want to keep up the momentum. Each year, support for the Tour grows and it’s wonderful to see the great work being carried out by DSI’s Munster branches, and the many families whose lives are improved as a result of these branches.”
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Tour de Munster 2016 Route:
Stage 1: Thursday, 4th August – Waterford to Tipperary to Limerick to Clare
Waterford (City Hall): 9.40am – 10am
Carrick-On-Suir (Sean Kelly Sports Centre): 11am – 11.10am
Clonmel (Clonmel Óg GAA, tea/ coffee): 12.05pm – 12.30pm
Tipperary (Lunch: Limerick Racecourse): 2.05pm – 2.50pm
Limerick (City Hall): 4.30pm – 5pm
Killaloe (Lakeside Hotel): 6pm
Stage 2: Friday, 5th August – Clare to Kerry
Tuamgraney: 9.45am – 10am
Ennis (Templegate Hotel, tea/ coffee): 11am – 11.30am
Kilrush (Lunch: Community Hall): 1.45pm – 2.30pm
Kilimer (Ferry): 3pm
Listowel (Christy’s Pub, tea/ coffee): 4.10pm – 4.40pm
Tralee (Dinner: Fel’s Point Hotel): 5.45pm
Stage 3: Saturday, 6th August – Kerry
Stradbally: 10.50am – 11am
Dingle (Lunch: Skellig Hotel): 12.30pm – 1.15pm
Killarney (Break: Deenagh Lodge): 4pm – 4.30pm
Kenmare (Dinner: Landsdowne Arms Hotel): 5.45pm
Stage 4: Sunday, 7th August – Kerry to Cork
Glengariff (The Maple Leaf Bar, tea/ coffee): 11am – 11.30am
Gouganebarra (Lunch): 1pm – 1.45pm
Inchigeela: 2.20pm – 2.35pm
Lissarda (Break): 3.35pm – 3.50pm
Cork (Silversprings Moran Hotel, Regency Suite, reception): 5.15 pm