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Local charities benefit from bumper charity donation from Ring of Beara Cycle 2019

The Ring of Beara Cycle Committee this week presented cheques to six local charities who are benefitting from this year’s event. Volunteers who helped organise and run the event were also praised for their commitment and community spirit.

Castletownbere Community Hospital, Castletownbere Day Care Centre, Kenmare Family Resource Centre, Kenmare Special Olympics, Kenmare Special Needs Group, and St John of God Services Kenmare were on hand to receive their donations totalling €53,915 from the Ring of Beara Organising Committee.

The Ring of Beara Cycle took place on Saturday 25th of May when the people of Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula welcomed more than 4400 cyclists from all over Ireland and around the globe for the popular event.

Mickey Ned O’Sullivan, Chairperson of the Ring of Beara Organising Committee said, “We are extremely grateful for the support of the local people, businesses and organisations whose help went a long way in ensuring the event’s success. We are thrilled to donate €53,915 and give something back to the local charities which I hope will help them continue with the excellent work they do for their local communities in Kenmare and Castletownbere.”

Darren Lynch, Member of the Ring of Beara Cycle Organising Committee said, “I would like to thank all the volunteers without whom this event would not be possible. Because of their hard work along with the cyclists we are very pleased to be in a position to make a difference to local charities. Castletownbere Community Hospital provide such a vital service to the local community here in West Cork. We are all looking forward to next year’s event already and being able to contribute again to local charities.”

The Ring of Beara Cycle 2020 will take place on 23rd May 2020 – with entries going on general sale on Wednesday 25th September (past-participants will have access to a pre-sale on Tuesday 24th). The event sold out in less than 24 hours last year. Cyclists will experience the magnificent scenery of the mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara peninsula as well as the famed local hospitality.

Cyclists pass through picturesque and quaint towns, including Ardgroom, Eyeries, Allihies, Castletownbere, Adrigole and Glengarriff. Participants will enjoy music, food and chat at the fully stocked food stations dotted along the routes.

The event will finish with a great party atmosphere and superb facilities including hot food, hot tubs, massage, entertainment and finishers’ medal for all cyclists.

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