Eighteen cyclists who completed the arduous 680km cycle from Malin to Mizen Head in June have raised €26,000 for Grangemockler’s Michael Hogan GAA Sports Field in Grangemockler and Irish Cancer Society.
A representative of the Irish Cancer Society were presented with €13,000 cheques from the organisers of the cycle at a recent ceremony in the Trap Bar in Grangemockler.
The cheque presentation evening atten included a presentation of framed photos to the 18 cyclists, a screen display of photos taken during the marathon cycle, a barbecue and music.
Local man Mick Pender, who spearheaded the sponsored cycle, praised the volunteers and support team who trained from January this year to build up strength and stamina for the 5-day marathon cycle that began on June 30 and finished on July 4.
The weather was kind, the craic mighty and a super fit team of volunteers were thrilled to arrive safely in Donegal. The group thanked everyone who sponsored them and the support team who were with them the whole time ensuring safety and providing help throughout the journey.
Eileen Kennedy from the Irish Cancer Society (Cork Branch) said the cyclists’ efforts were ‘absolutely phenomenal’ and thanked everyone for their generous donation which will help fund its network of services supporting cancer patients and their families. The Society’s home night nursing service provided Tipperary families with 250 nights of care last year.
Mick Pender from the parish was delighted to announce that the other €13,000 raised would help towards the Michael Hogan Community Sportsfield, a state of the art development enjoyed by all and that will be there for generations to come.
The Malin to Mizen cyclists were: Michael Murphy, Barry Hanrahan, Nuala Pender, Mick Pender, Willie Lamb, Eoghan Brennan, Debbie Murphy, Andrew O’Meara, Nigel Hanrahan, Louise Hogan, Michael Shanahan, Brian McCarthy, Declan Murphy, Matt Greene, Gerry O’Meara, Pascal Cooney, Gerry Kirwan and Barry Power.
Their support team were: Catherine Hanrahan, Carmel Hanrahan, Joe Brennan, Michael Dineen, Robert Murphy.
Photographers: Jack and Robyn Pender and Maeve Hanrahan.