Community spirit heralded with local charities winning big with donations from Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare 2017

Castletownbere Community Hospital Celebrate

The Ring of Beara Cycle Committee last night presented cheques to two 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 and Southwest Counselling Centre were on hand to receive their donations totalling more €35,000 from the Ring of Beara Organising Committee in Kenmare.

The Ring of Beara Cycle took place on Saturday 27th of May when the people of Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula welcomed more than 4000 cyclists from all over Ireland and around the globe for the popular event. Staff and management of Castletownbere Community Hospital have celebrated the good news alongside residents and service users. 

Front row left to right – Sarah Durkin (Kenmare Marketing and Events Group), Maria O’Sullivan (Castletownbere Community Hospital), Cathy Sheehan (CCH), Tadgh O’Sullivan (Ring of Beara Organising Committee), Tara Hanley (RoBOC), Xena O’Sullivan and Helen McDwyer (KMEG). Back row, left to right, Margaret Spencer, Mary Green , Mary-Anne O’Shea (CCH), Mickey ‘Ned’ O’Sullivan, Roland Blennerhassett, Phil Harrington (RoBOC), Una Brennan (KMEG) and Darren Lynch (RoBOC).

Castletownbere Community Hospital serves the entire Beara peninsula including Bere Island and Dursey Island. The hospital received €25,000 from the cycle which will help them deliver their vital community services including palliative care, long stay, respite and community support.

Cathy Sheehan, A/Matron, Castletownbere Community Hospital, said, “We are delighted to be chosen as a charity recipient for this year’s Ring of Beara Cycle. It’s such a popular, exciting event, it has been a great experience being part of it. The money raised by the cycle will be a great help to the hospital and our staff and residents alike are extremely grateful already. I’d like to congratulate all involved, particularly the volunteers who give up their time, and thank everyone for this significant donation.”

Lindsay Fredman, CEO of SouthWest Counselling Centre, who received the donation, also said “These much-appreciated funds will help us to continue to serve the communities and people of the Beara region. We can provide low cost counselling, training and workshops to meet the mental health needs of people across the lifespan. We want to acknowledge the effort of all those who took part and thank the Committee for choosing to support us once again this year.”

Anne Marie O’Shea, Nicole Wissell, Lindsay Fredman (Southwest Counselling Centre) and Mickey ‘Ned’ O’ Sullivan (RoBOC).

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. Southwest Counselling have been involved with the event for a number of years now and it’s great that we can support them in their invaluable work. We are all looking forward to next year’s event already.”

The Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare will take place on 26th May 2018 – with entries going on general sale next Tuesday 26th September (past-participants will have access to a pre-sale on Monday 25th). It is expected to sell out within 24 hours. With two distances, 110km or 140km, all levels of fitness are catered for from the seasoned cyclist to the casual peddler. Cyclists will experience the magnificent scenery of the mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara peninsula.

Cyclists will 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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