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Achill’s Wheelers raise €1,652 for Order of Malta

Achill’s Wheelers raise €1,652 for Order of Malta

This year’s Achill Wheelers Charity Cycle from Achill to Galway and back was a resounding success with the club raising €1,652 for the Achill branch of the Order of Malta.
Following on from last year’s highly successful charity cycle from Galway to Achill for the RNLI, Achill Wheelers decided to up the ante and this time cycle from Achill to Galway and back - a journey of over 300k.
After weeks of training and preparations, it was an early start for the
12 cyclists who signed up for the cycle as they assembled just after 7am at the Achill Order of Malta headquarters at St Colman’s in Keel on Saturday, April 22.
After receiving tea and refreshments from the Order of Malta crew, it was up on the bikes shortly after 8am for the grueling first leg of the journey towards Galway. Just like last year, the Wheelers were blessed with the weather as they departed Achill in bright sunshine with no rain at all over the weekend.
With the support of a slight wind, the group made good progress as they cycled through the island, receiving plenty of support along the way.
They were escorted by the Order of Malta ambulance until Mulranny with Michael McNamara driving the support van.
They arrived in Westport at 10.30 where he had a bite to eat before leading out the N59 towards Leenane. After tackling a few hills between Leenane and Maam Cross, they stopped off in Peacock’s Hotel in Maam Cross for a much needed break to refuel the batteries.
The road between Maam Cross and Galway City was particularly busy on Saturday afternoon and the impatience of a number of motorists left a lot to be desired as they attempted to overtake the group in dangerous circumstances.
Thankfully they safely reached Galway with the only mishap being a puncture and loose chain. The group stayed overnight in the Menlo Hotel where they received great hospitality from the staff and after dinner, it was early to bed to rest for the return journey.
It was another early start for the Wheelers who left the Menlo at 8.30 and this time headed out the N17 towards Claremorris. The hard shoulder and smooth surface made cycling safer but they had to tackle a head on wind for the journey home. While it was not a strong wind, it did start to sap the energy levels as the day went on.
After short stops in Tuam and Ballindine, the cyclists made it to Castlebar around lunchtime where they had a bit to eat and were met by more supporters. When they reached Newport, they were met by the Order of Malta staff and they were escorted on the final leg home to Achill by the branch’s ambulance.
Tired and saddlesore, the cyclists spirits were lifted on their arrival into Achill where they received a wonderful reception all the way through the island as they cycled to the finish in St Colman’s. A feast of sandwiches and goodies were laid on by the Order of Malta which was gratefully received.
Seán Lyons, Chairman of Achill Wheelers thanked all the cyclists for taking part in the cycle and all those who supported and sponsored them.
Presenting the cheque for €1,652 to Ellen Cafferkey of Achill Order of Malta, Seán said that the Order of Malta were always available to the community when needed and they were delighted to raise money for them.
He also thanked all those who generously sponsored the cyclists.
Ellen Cafferkey said the Achill branch were thrilled to accept the cheque and thanked Achill Wheelers for their generosity and support. She said she looked forward to working with them on their Tour de Achill Leisure Cycle around Achill which takes place on September 2.
Registration for the Tour de Achill is now open and anyone wishing to register can do so via the Tour de Achill or Achill Wheelers Facebook page.
The 12 cyclists were completed the cycle were Seán Lyons, Micheál McNamara, Maeibh McNamara, Michael John McNulty, Martin McNulty, Michael Darren Gallagher, Joe Moran, Eileen McNamara, Anton McNulty, Tomás McLoughlin, Gerry Thomas and Ivan Swarbrigg. They were joined along the route by Edward Scanlon, Siobhán Scanlon and Laura Mulligan.

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Achill’s Wheelers raise €1,652 for Order of Malta

This year’s Achill Wheelers Charity Cycle from Achill to Galway and back was a resounding success with the club raising €1,652 for the Achill branch of the Order of Malta.
Following on from last year’s highly successful charity cycle from Galway to Achill for the RNLI, Achill Wheelers decided to up the ante and this time cycle from Achill to Galway and back - a journey of over 300k.To read more, please click HERE.