The second annual Irish Pilgrimage Trust Premier Déise Cycle will start and finish in Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday week, September 11.
Once again, the Tipperary and Waterford Irish Pilgrimage Trust Groups have come together to organise and promote this second Premier Deise Cycle, based in Carrick-on-Suir.
This year, the Premier Déise Cycle has a very special and poignant significance as it is being held to commemorate the memory of Bobby Power, Carrick Wheelers, a cyclist and a volunteer with the IHCPT who sadly died in May.
Bobby was instrumental in establishing this fundraising cycle in aid of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, which proved very successful last year.
There are two routes, a fairly flat 50km through Ballyneale, Ballypatrick and Kilsheelan, and a 100km more challenging route as the cyclists continues on through Clonmel, Rathgormack and Kilmacthomas before returning to tour headquarters at the Swan GAA Club, Fairgreen, Carrick-on-Suir.
The 100km route is also a good fitness and training test for those cyclists intending to take part in the bi-annual IHCPT Cycle to Lourdes which takes place at Easter next year.
Registration for the cycle will take place at the Swan GAA Club, Fairgreen, Carrick-on-Suir from 8am on Sunday, September 11.
The cyclists will be free to get underway between 9am and 9.30am. This is a fun cycle and is not competitive.
The routes will suit recent beginners and more experienced cyclists.
Light refreshments will be provided on each route and again at the finish. And if the weather is kind, it should be a very enjoyable cycle through some of the villages and countryside of the Premier County and the Déise.
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust is a 32-county charitable organisation which takes 500 children with special needs on a holiday/pilgrimage to Lourdes each Easter.
The Trust also caters for persons with special needs throughout the year in their respite holiday homes in Kilcuan, Clarenbridge, Co Galway and the newly opened holiday home, Cois Cuain in Kilrane, Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford.
All the funds raised are for the benefit of the young people with special needs.
All Irish Pilgrimage Trust volunteer helpers and medical personnel pay their own costs.
Many children from Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, Dungarvan, Waterford and the surrounding areas have travelled with the Trust over the years. During Easter this year, 22 of the 71 young people from the South East who made the journey to Lourdes travelled with the local volunteer groups. The objective of the cycle is to raise badly needed funds for the local Irish Pilgrimage Trust groups, and so the entry fee is €50 or a sponsorship card with a minimum of €50.
Sponsorship cards are available from Bridget Fitzpatrick on (086) 3613592 or Seamus Purcell on (086) 8134026.