'Tour de Frank' sees 140 cycle to Tyrone

David Medcalf

Published 27/08/2013 | 07:43

Some of the cyclists heading off from the Mill Race Hotel in Bunclody for the ‘Tour de Frank’ to Omagh in County Tyrone.

A GROUP of 140 cyclists made for a splendid spectacle in Bunclody as they made their way up the hill in Carrigduff on Saturday morning and headed north.

On Sunday evening, the 'Tour de Frank' peloton arrived safely at Killyclogher near Omagh in Tyrone saddle sore but very happy with their achievements.

The marathon journey, which included a break overnight at the midway point in Slane, is expected to raise at least €46,000 for cancer charities.

The outing from South to North was an emotional occasion for the Mimnagh family which has connections on both sides of the border.

The Frank of the title was Frank Mimnagh who died of cancer last year and the trip also commemorated his son Martin Mimnagh from Kilrush, who suffered fatal injuries when he was knocked off his bike earlier this year.

Martin's wife Siobhán and sister Cora were among those who took part in the cycle.

They were greeted in Killyclogher by Frank's widow Rita, whose grandchildren cycled the closing section of the long journey.

The organisers were delighted that the tour passed off safely and that it raised so much money.

They thanked everybody who supported the event in any way, and indicated that this was intended as a once-off only, with no plans to repeat it in future years.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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