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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Gardaí's Transylvania challenge

Published 16/07/2016 | 02:30

Romanian Ambassador to Ireland Manuela Breazu, Garda Seán Trowell and Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey.
Photo: Gerry Mooney
Romanian Ambassador to Ireland Manuela Breazu, Garda Seán Trowell and Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey. Photo: Gerry Mooney

More than two dozen gardaí will be cycling through Transylvania this autumn to raise €25,000 for Pieta House.

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Gardaí from the Kevin Street Garda Station in Dublin will join their Romanian counterparts as they navigate the stunning but scary Transfagarasan, or the 'Road to the Sky', winding through the highest peaks in Transylvania's Carpathian Mountains. The Garda Tour De Force Charity Cycle in September hopes to raise €1,000 from each participant.

"We're men and women in lycra, but we're not professional cyclists by any means," said Det Sgt Adrian Whitelaw.

He has cycled about 10,000km - or the equivalent of cycling from Malin Head in Co Donegal to Brow Head in Co Cork, 15 times since he and other gardaí at Kevin Street started the charity ride in 1991. If they meet this year's target, they will have raised more than €1m for various charities over the years.

Romania's ambassador to Ireland, Manuela Breazu, said she was delighted the charity had chosen Romania for their cycle this year.

Irish Independent

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