Tour de Munster gets ready to hit the roads

Tour de Munster gets ready to hit the roads

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With the final countdown on to the 2019 Tour de Munster charity cycle, over 100 amateur cyclists are adding the finishing touches to their training preparation as they gear up to tackle the 600km route across the six counties of Munster from today until August 11th.

No easy feat, participants are motivated in their quest to raise vital funds and awareness for Down Syndrome Ireland Munster branches and individual beneficiaries. Celebrating its 19th year this August, the annual Tour de Munster charity cycle has raised a phenomenal €2.78 million for its beneficiaries since 2001.

2019 is a special year for the Tour de Munster as it celebrates its tenth year with Down Syndrome Ireland Munster branches as the main beneficiary of the tour. The charity cycle once again hopes to raise over €250,000 for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland.

If cyclists need some expert advice and tips along the 600km tour, they will have the benefit of being joined by cycling legend Seán Kelly, a huge supporter of the event having participated in the Tour de Munster for the past thirteen years.

This year’s tour will be kicking off from City Hall in Cork City on Thursday, 8th August and will make its way through a number of beautiful towns and villages, where cyclists hope to be met and cheered on by the public who would like to support the cause. The tour will return to Cork on Sunday, 11th August and will see cyclists tackle the iconic and demanding St. Patrick’s Hill.

Looking forward to this year’s tour, Paul Sheridan founder of Tour de Munster said, “I have been training with many of the participants in the run up to this year’s tour and excitement is really building as we near closer to August 8th. Behind the scenes, a lot of hard work and dedication goes into preparing for a tour like this and the commitment from everyone has been amazing. Without cyclists dedicating their time to training and participating in the tour, none of this would be possible. It’s very easy to forget that these cyclists are amateurs and the tour is a big test of endurance for many cyclists. When we make our way through the villages and towns of Munster, we always receive such a great welcome and this is very motivating and really spurs us on. I hope everyone can come out and support the tour and help raise much needed funds from August 8th to 1th.”

The Irish Examiner, Red FM, Clare FM, Tipp FM, and WLR FM are the Official Media Partners of Tour de Munster 2019.

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.

 

2019 Tour de Munster Route:

Stage 1: Thursday, 8th 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, 9th 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, 10th August – Kerry 

Tralee: 9.45am

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, 11th 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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