Tear Through East Clare to be bigger and better

Tear Through East Clare to be bigger and better


Following the success of the Tear Through East Clare cycle over the past two years, it returns bigger and better this year.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday September 16th and will offer a choice of four routes.

Following public demand, this year sees the introduction of a longer 140km route. There are also 100km and 40km routes plus a family fun 10K cycle. All routes will start and finish at the Kilkishen Cultural Centre.

The 140km route goes via Sixmilebridge, Cratloe over Gallows Hill, Cooleycasey, Broadford, Bodyke, Scarriff and into Mountshannon for a food stop.  From Mountshannon the cycle bypasses Whitegate and takes the high road to near Woodford then back to Lough Atorick, Lough Graney, Caher, Glendree, Tulla and returns to Kilkishen.

The 100km route travels via Sixmilebridge, Cooleycasey, Broadford, Bodyke, Scarriff and into Mountshannon for a food stop. From Mountshannon, the cycle continues over the Middleline Road, the Norbury Line, via Lough Graney to Caher, Glendree and on to Tulla before returning to Kilkishen.

The 40km route turns left leaving Kilkishen via Pollugh to Foxes Cross, then left again to Broadford. From Broadford, the route continues to Bodyke where there will be a water stop and returns via Tulla.

Details of the family fun 10K cycle will be published in the coming weeks.

Detailed maps of all routes and online registration are available on www.kilkishen.com & people can also stay up to date on developments in the countdown to this year’s event by following our “Tear Through East Clare” Facebook page.

The cycle is organised by Kilkishen Development and funds raised from this cycle will support the fundraising efforts for the Kilkishen Cultural Centre. The centre was part-funded by the LEADER programme, through the National Development Plan and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. However, a debt of €21,000 remains and the committee are currently working to reduce this.


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.