Letterkenny cyclists on their way to Mizen

Alan Foley

Reporter:

Alan Foley

Fifty-seven cyclists set off from Buncrana morning for day two of their six-day charity cycle between Ireland’s most northerly and southerly points – Malin and Mizen Head.

Fifty-seven cyclists set off from Buncrana morning for day two of their six-day charity cycle between Ireland’s most northerly and southerly points – Malin and Mizen Head.

The group put in a short stage on Tuesday evening between Malin and Buncrana to literally get the wheels in motion before getting into the more serious work today when they made their way from Buncrana via Letterkenny and Barnesmore onto Bundoran.

Tomorrow’s third leg will leave Bundoran and conclude at Tuam, Co Galway, before the party move onto Lahinch, Co Clare on Friday. On Saturday they will finally dismount the saddle in the Kerry town of Killarney before concluding their trek at Mizen Head in Co Cork on Sunday.

The journey in total is 662km and already over €25,000 has been raised by the group for the worthy charities, Bernardos and Goal.

Three Letterkenny men are involved. Garvan Mulligan from Carnamuaggagh Upper cycles with the Four Masters Cycling Club. He is taking part along with Hawthorn Heights native James Byrne, who resides and is employed in Dublin and is a member of Bray Wheelers, and Stephen Fowley, who lives and works in Bristol but is originally from Cullion Road.

“It’s for a couple of worthwhile charities, which is the most important thing and it’s one off the bucket list!” explained Garvan on Tuesday. “We’ve never really tried anything like this before but just took a notion to give it a go. We enjoy cycling and it’s great something like this can benefit others.”

If you would like to sponsor any of the three Letterkenny men, simply log onto www.give2go.ie and Garvan’s page is under ‘Garvan,’ while James and Stephen are having a joint-page under ‘Peachy and Stephen.’

Barnardos offers a variety of specialised services to provide further support to children, parents and familiesm while Goal is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor.