Red Devils for Donegal Challenge

MANCHESTER United legends joined Irish actor and Boyzone member Keith Duffy to officially launch the annual Big Red Bike Ride challenge which will visit Donegal later this year for some very deserving charities.

MANCHESTER United legends joined Irish actor and Boyzone member Keith Duffy to officially launch the annual Big Red Bike Ride challenge which will visit Donegal later this year for some very deserving charities.

Denis Irwin, David May, Brian McClair and Clayton Blackmore are just four of the former United stars to take part with Keith Duffy on a gruelling eight-day tour, from June 9 to 16, which covers the length of Ireland.

Participants of the 592-mile charity trek will be cycling to raise funds for the Manchester United Foundation, Irish Autism Action and Hearts and Minds Challenge.

A number of years ago the Boyzone member Duffy was a guest of the Donegal Democrat at the annual Gabrielle’s Ball in the Mount Errigal Hotel where considerable funds were raised for Irish Autism.

Beginning at the southern-most point of the country, Mizen Head, in Cork, and culminating at the northern-most point, Malin Head, in County Donegal, riders will experience some of Ireland’s most beautiful countryside and coastline.

Speaking at today’s launch, Keith Duffy, who stars in Coronation Street, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to support three very worthy charities.

“I am a patron of Irish Autism Action and became involved when my daughter Mia was diagnosed with autism some years ago.

“It is also an opportunity for me to give back to the people of Manchester by supporting a charity in appreciation of the kind hospitality and friendship I have received during my time here.”

Former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin added: “I’ve done a few challenges for the Manchester United Foundation but this is one I am particularly looking forward to as there is nowhere more beautiful than Ireland.

“I hope lots of supporters will join us for what promises to be a truly inspiring experience, in aid of two charities which do so much work to support children and families.”

For more information or even to book your place and take part in the Big Red Bike Ride visit heartsandmindschallenge.org.