Clonmel Emergency Services held their 6th annual fundraiser recently in aid of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Ireland.
Following months of preparation the first event of the weekend began at the Park Hotel with a 5km walk around Marlfield Lake.
Despite the rain more than 60 men, women and children turned up, led by Tipperary hurler Paul Curran and firefighter Steven O’Donnell in his firefighting attire.
The weather was still poor on Saturday morning but 147 cyclists left the Rugby Club on their journey around South Tipperary. With the assistance of emergency vehicles, motorbike marshals and two minibuses everyone made their way to Cashel and New Inn. Here the 100km cyclists continued onto Ballyporeen while the 55km group enjoyed some much-needed refreshments. The larger group battled the wind and rain on the old Cork road while the smaller group headed for Cahir before returning to Clonmel and back to the Fire Station to a big heroes welcome. This group included 12 year-old Cody Kelly and 10 year-old Edmond Hayes who completed the event.
Meanwhile in Ballyporeen the other group returned home through Clogheen and Ardfinnan and back to rapturous applause from the crowd gathered at the Fire station. All this was followed by a night of music and catch-up in Moynihan’s Bar, where the raffle and auction were held. On Sunday morning the Emergency Services - who are grateful to all their supporters and sponsors for their generosity - assisted the County Council with their Bikeweek event.