Carrick on Suir and the cycling community throughout Ireland were in mourning this week at the passing of Bobby Power who died last Friday after a long illness.
‘The Captain’, as he was affectionately called by everybody within Carrick Wheelers, was a cycling legend in the town of Carrick and throughout Ireland for his achievements on and off the road.
He had a lifelong association with Carrick Wheelers as a beginner from 1968, as a competitive cyclist, club coach and as a capable administrator and his untimely death caused profound sadness in the town.
The fifty six year old competed in eighteen RAS events from 1976, winning five stages and finishing second on one occasion when a late puncture cost him the overall title. He also represented Ireland on a number of occasions, taking part in a number of prestigious races, including the Tour of Israel and the Tour of Britain. He also won a staggering one hundred and eight open races in one day events all over Ireland during his career. Bobby was a good friend of cycling legend Sean Kelly and was one of the few cyclists that could train with Kelly when he returned home to Carrick on Suir for winter training. After finishing his cycling career, Bobby held many positions of responsibility within the Carrick Wheelers, including chairman and was PRO up to one year ago. He was the backbone of the club over a long number of years and his connection with Showerings where he worked was vital to the annual sponsorship of the club by the company. He enjoyed his role in organising the beginner leagues for the club which were responsible for encouraging the talent of cyclist Sam Bennett to blossom.
He retired from Showerings three years ago and he lived at Woodland Heights with his family.
On a regular basis Bobby raised monies for a number of different charities over the years and was well known for organising and taking part in cycle events in Lourdes to raise funds for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.
He died last Friday at Waterford Regional Hospital after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife Mags, sons Conor, Cian and Evin and daughter Deirdre, his parents Tom and Peg and brothers Kevin and Colm.
Members of the Carrick Wheelers and Cycling Ireland formed a guard of honour as his remains were brought to St. Mollerans church on Monday morning and as the remains left the church for the cemetery.
Huge crowds, which included friends from all over Ireland that Bobby knew through cycling, attended the Requiem Mass which was celebrated by his great friend Fr. Michael Mullins who knew Bobby from his childhood days.