A very special group of cyclists arrived at the Rock on June 19th, inspired by a brave young man from Kerry who captured their hearts.
His name of course was Donal Walsh. This epic journey saw them carry a precious scroll containing his message of hope from his home in Tralee to Rome. The journey will be 2060 km in total. Their second night was spent in Cashel. Their journey began on the day before when the scroll containing his message was brought by his family to Saint John’s Church Tralee. The Kerry cyclists then began their 2060km cycle to Rome. After a short ceremony the Walsh family handed over the scroll to the people of Tralee who carried it in relay to Donal’s resting place in Rath Cemetery. At the cemetery there was a one-minute silence and the release of 16 red balloons to signify one for each year of Donal`s short life. Donal’s family handed over the scroll to the cyclists will carry it all the way to Rome.
On Thursday June 19th three cyclists (Caroline McConnell, Maurice Brosnan and Tom Foley) cycled cross country from Castleisland to Cashel. Cyclists from The Tipperary Wheelers Cycling and Triathlon Club met them in Tipperary Town and escorted them on their last leg (but hopefully not last legs!) to The Rock of Cashel. The Rock has a very special significance. In the 12th century Cashel held jurisdiction over the southern half of Ireland. Scrolls similar to this would have been sent from here to the Vatican, written in Latin and enclosed in a leather case. They would have been carried by various people until they got to their destination in Rome the centre of the world at the time. In total 25 cyclists will complete the journey from all over the country and support 24 different cancer charities.
On July 2nd Donal’s Mother Elma Walsh will join them in Pisa and will cycle the remainder of the journey to Rome, arriving July 5th at 12 noon where they will be met by Italian cyclists who will guide them to the Vatican. Follow their progress on Facebook www.facebook.com/hometoromecycle.