On Tuesday, August 6, three young men set out on a sponsored cycle commencing at Mizen Head and ending in Malin Head the following Saturday, August 10.
The leader of this adventurous group is Seán Delaney, a native of Laois, is a primary teacher who taught in Kilkenny for ten years. He is currently registrar at the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin, a college that offers courses in education, including primary teaching.
He took up running as a hobby ten years ago and has run several 10k races and taken part in half a dozen sprint triathlons. The trip from Mizen to Malin is the biggest sporting challenge he has taken on and he is doing it to support two organisations that have given support to his uncle well known Roscrea poet Paul Ryan who has Parkinson’s Disease - the Parkinsons Association of North Tipp and the Tipp branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. Sean is a nephew
Éamon Ó Murchú is a colleague of Sean Delaney’s, working in Marino Institute of Education on an ongoing part time basis.
He hails from Listowel, but has for the past 50 years been based in Dublin where he was principal teacher for 30 years. Éamon is a keen cyclist and has completed the Mizen to Malin challenge on two previous occasions.
He is thrilled to be accompanying Sean Delaney on this trip and to be helping the Tipperary Parkinson’s Association.
Lawrence Vesey, 43, married with four children, is originally from Lanesborough, County Roscommon, and now lives in Abbeyleix. Lawrence is a management consultant with the consulting firm Pathfinder, specialising in large scale project management of IT and Business projects for clients in Ireland and the UK.
Lawrence is looking forward to the challenge with a bit of trepidation and lots of excitement - and is trying to get the miles in on the bike over July in preparation.
Other challenges he has done in the past have included the Art O’Neill Challenge - a 55k walk from Dublin Castle to the Glenmalure valley in County Wicklow starting at midnight in January, which retraces the historic journey of Art O’Neill and Hugh O’Donnell in the 17th century.
Lawrence is looking forward to supporting the ‘Pedal for Parkinson’ cycle and the charities associated with this.
On Wednesday, August 7, they will pass through Tipperary Town with a bucket collection and Nenagh the only Tipperary towns on their route. Anyone willing to join in with the lads on the cycle will be greatly appreciated.
Offers of help on August 7 would be greatly appreciated.
Sponsorship cards are in circulation and your support for both organisations would be greatly appreciated. Donations can also be made through the website mycharity.ie