Carrick-on-Suir hosts Tommy Sheehan cycling classic

Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers will be promoting the second of their two annual cycling races this weekend, as they promote The Tommy Sheehan Memorial Cycling Race in Carrickbeg this Sunday.

Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers will be promoting the second of their two annual cycling races this weekend, as they promote The Tommy Sheehan Memorial Cycling Race in Carrickbeg this Sunday.

This race has been run annually since 1999, in honour of the cycling club’s former chairman Tommy Sheehan, who was also a founding member of the club back in 1954. Sadly, almost 15 years have now quickly passed since Tommy untimely death on August 6th 1997 when he was aged just 61 years. Tommy’s great love for the sport and his Carrick Wheelers Club, contributed hugely to establishing Carrick-on-Suir as the home of Irish cycling and his saying “I don’t care who wins the race as long as they’re wearing a Carrick Wheelers Jersey” is still quoted at the Cycling Club’s events.

This year’s event will again be based in Carrickbeg, the homeland of Sheehan, with the race itself being held on the testing Kearney’s Road circuit, starting and finishing at St. Molleran’s GAA Field, whose clubhouse will be used as race headquarters with ‘Sign-On’ open from 11am. There will be a total of six races promoted on the day with 3 senior events for the various categories and 3 under-age events for the different age groupings. The first of the under-age races will begin at 12noon, with the senior events starting at 1pm.