Tour de Munster 2018 coming to Clare

Tour de Munster 2018 coming to Clare

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Photo: Gerard McCarthy

Over 100 amateur cyclists are preparing take on the 600km cycle in the hope of raising over €250,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland and individual beneficiaries and the event will pass through Clare on Friday.

Now in its 18th year, this year’s tour will be kicking off from City Hall in Cork City on Thursday, 9th August, and will return to Cork to see cyclists finish up the iconic and demanding St. Patrick’s Hill on Sunday, 12th August.

All funds raised from the charity cycle will go directly to the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) and to the individual beneficiaries involved. This year will mark the 9th successive year that DSI has been the main beneficiary of the cycle.

Travelling across all six counties in Munster, the amateur cyclists will make their way through a number of beautiful cities, towns and villages, where they hope they will be met and cheered on by the public who would like to support the cause. Joining them will be cycling legend Sean Kelly, who is a huge supporter of the event and has participated in the Tour de Munster for the past twelve years.

Since its inception in 2001, Tour de Munster has raised over €2.5 million for its beneficiaries with almost €2.1 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 17 years.

Photo: Gerard McCarthy

Speaking ahead of the event Paul said, “I am extremely proud of this event and how it has grown year after year. We had a hugely successful cycle in 2017 and raised a phenomenal €294,637.65 so we hope this year can be just as successful and can’t wait to get on the bike. Everyone involved in this year’s tour has put in so much hard work and dedication, and without those partaking and supporting, the tour would not be possible. The tour is not an easy one and is a great test of endurance for amateur cyclists, so I have great respect for them all signing up and taking on the challenge for such a worthy cause.

Each year we receive great support from crowds of local people as we pass through each town and it really is the support like this that motivates us all to keep going. With all donations going to such worthy causes, we’re encouraging the people of Munster to dig deep, come out and support, and help raise much needed funds from August 9th to 12th.”

The Irish Examiner, Red FM, Clare FM, Tipp FM, and WLR FM are the Official Media Partners of Tour de Munster 2018.

For route information and the latest information and news log onto www.tourdemunster.com, find it on Facebook, or follow the Tour on twitter @tourdemunster. For further information on Down Syndrome Ireland please see www.downsyndrome.ie.

Tour de Munster 2018 Route:

 

Stage 1

Thursday, 9th August – Cork to Tipperary to Limerick to Clare

Cork (Silversprings Hotel): 8.00am – 8.45am

Cork (City Hall): 8.25am – 9.25am

Midleton (Quick Stop): 10.25am – 10.40am

Tallow: 11.40 – 11.40

Lismore (Refreshments:  Park):  12.10pm – 12.30pm

Clogheen (Tipp DSI Pasta & Pastries: Clogheen Community Hall):  1.25pm – 2.00pm

Cahir: 2.30pm – 2.30pm

Tipperary: 3.30pm – 3.30pm

Ballykisteen (Lunch): 3.40pm – 4.30pm

Limerick (DSI Centre, Castletroy): 5.20pm – 5.50pm

Birdhill: 6.50pm – 6.50pm

Killaloe (Lakeside Hotel): 7.05pm

Stage 2

Friday, 10th August – Clare to Kerry

Killaloe: 9.00am

Tuamgraney:  9.45am – 9.45am

Ennis (tea/coffee: Temple Gate Hotel):  11.30am – 12.00pm

Kildysart: 1.00pm – 1.00pm

Killimer (Ferry): 2.00pm – 2.00pm

Tarbert: 2.20pm – 2.20pm

Listowel (tea/coffee & scone: Christy’s pub): 3.10pm – 3.40pm

Tralee (Manor West Retail Park): 4.40pm

Stage 3

Saturday, 11th August – Kerry

Tralee: 9.45am

Stradbally: 10.20am – 10.20am

Dingle (Lunch: Skellig Hotel): 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Castlemaine (refreshments: MACE, N70/R561 junction):  2.30pm – 2.50pm

Milltown: 3.00pm -3.00pm

Aghadoe Heights: 3.45pm – 3.55pm

Killarney (Break: Deenagh lodge):  4.00pm – 4.30pm

Kenmare (Dinner: Lansdowne Arms Hotel):  5.45pm

Stage 4

Sunday, 12th August – Kerry to Cork

Kenmare:  10.00am

Glengariff (tea/coffee & scone: The Maple Leaf Bar): 11.00am – 11.30am

Ballylickey: 12.00pm – 12.00pm

Gougane Barra (Lunch): 1.00pm – 1.45pm

Inchigeela:  2.20pm – 2.35pm

Macroom:  3.15pm -3.15pm

Lissarda (Break): 3.35pm – 3.50pm

Cork -St. Patrick’s Hill and finishing at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork:  5.15pm

 

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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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