Airport staff for 110km cycle charity cycle

Airport staff for 110km cycle charity cycle

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Rose Hynes and Clare Rose Leah Kenny pictured at the charity cycle launch – Photo: Brian Arthur

Shannon Airport staff and friends will take to the road tomorrow (Saturday) in the hope of raising a healthy four figure sum or more for local charities.

The fourth and now annual Shannon Airport 110km Charity Cycle will see over 150 cyclists take on a route starting and finishing at the airport and taking in Sixmilebridge, Kilkishen, Tulla, Gort, Crusheen, Quinn and Newmarket-on-Fergus.

The cycle is one of a number of fundraising events from the Shannon Group Charities of the Year programme.  This year’s designated Shannon Group charities are Cahercalla Community Hospital & Hospice, Ennis and Home Share Clare.

Other events include the hugely popular Shannon Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run, which was held in June and launched by Everest conqueror and Clare hotelier John Burke.  Last year cyclists joined from as far afield as Galway, Kerry, Dublin and Cork.

The cycle will set off at 9am and organisers have issued an open invitation to the general public to take part.  The first 100 to register will receive a limited edition Shannon Airport gilet and a goodie bag.

Chairperson of the Shannon Group Charity Committee Ms Pamela Brooks said: “While some like to go out and push themselves, it’s very much a fun event with most happy to finish out the fairly flat course in their own time. We get to travel across a lovely part of Clare and have a break for refreshments at the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort before getting back on the bikes and heading for home.

“The cycle gets great support from staff and from the wider public and we really want to encourage as many people as possible to participate again this year.”

Chairperson of the Shannon Group Charity Committee Ms Pamela Brooks (front left)

Ms. Brooks said that ultimately the event is for two great causes. “Cahercalla Community Hospital & Hospice Ennis and Home Share Clare do incredible work on the ground here in Clare and are Shannon Group’s chosen charities of the year.  They touch many lives and we would ask that anyone who has reason to support them to join us, in particular, but also the general public. It’s an open event and a great day out.”

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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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