Get the High Neillie out for trip from Tipp
A GROUP of cyclists will be sitting slowly into their seats at this weekend's All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park after making the 150km trip to Dublin by bicycle.
The 15 hardy souls, all clad in Tipperary's blue and gold, will be making their way up the N7 on Saturday morning, hoping to reach Dublin in plenty of time to rest the weary legs ahead of Sunday's game.
The trip is being held to promote the Shannon Suir Cycle - a 120km cycle on September 13 next that will link the two major rivers straddling the county in a major fund-raiser for the north Tipperary Hospice.
The cyclists are hoping to have a good omen up their sleeves as they will be led out by former Tipp hurling stars Dinny Ryan 'Coole' and Michael Cleary, scorers of the winning goals that claimed victory over Kilkenny in the 1971 and '91 All-Ireland finals.
And they will have a very special guest to wave them off as a veteran of long-distance cycles to hurling matches from the 1940s, 90-year-old Wilsie Nolan, from Terryglass will be on hand to raise the flag in Nenagh as they depart at 9am on Saturday.
Wilsie said it would be a "lovely spin" to Dublin and that he could think of nothing better to do.
"I cycled distances like that in round trips to Thurles and Limerick in the '40s. The big difference, of course, between then and now is that today's bikes are only half the weight and they have these gears."
The trip to Dublin is the brainchild of North Tipp Wheelers cycling club and avid Tipp fan Michael Molampy. To register log onto www.shannonsuircycle.ie.