Friday 19 September 2014

Irish Centre for Cycling to generate eight jobs

Padraic Kilcoyne

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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Patrick Cherrry, Chief Operations Officer at the Irish Centre for Cycling; Minister Richard Bruton; Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid; and Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Fingal Local Enterprise Office, making the jobs announcement.

A Fingal business, which played a key role in the Dublin leg of last month's Giro d'Italia, is set for expansion this summer.

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The Irish Centre for Cycling, supported by the newly-established Fingal Local Enterprise Office, is planning to employ eight people before the end of the year.

Based at Malahide Castle, the company provides a dedicated professional service to cyclists, including cycle rentals, package tours and safety training. Offering a 'Cycling Experience', the service is aimed at individuals, families, schools and corporate groups.

Established in May, the Irish Centre for Cycling was responsible for logistics of the country's first-ever Women on Wheels cycle, the only official Giro d'Italia charity cycle. A fun 22km cycle, it covered the last 10km of the Dublin stage of the 2014 Giro Cycle d'Italia attracted over 300 women cyclists to take part.

The company will also be launching a series of children's Summer Cycle Camps in July and August, aimed at 8-13 year olds.

Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Fingal Local Enterprise Office welcomed the company's planned expansion saying, 'The Irish Centre for Cycling is providing a unique service in a growing niche industry and having spotted the opportunity is developing a business that delivers in terms of what they offer and how they offer it. Bringing a new business idea to fruition is no easy matter but through keen vision and a positive attitude the Irish Centre for Cycling is a business with significant growth potential, both in terms of sales and local jobs'.

The Irish Centre for Cycling caters for all levels and age of cyclists, with over 300 new high-quality bicycles suitable for both children and adults. The company has also created a range of self-guided package tours, including Bike and Boat trips, around a number of Dublin's scenic routes.

Patrick Cherry, Chief Operations Officer at the Irish Centre for Cycling said, 'As a team, the Irish Centre for Cycling is passionate about business but, as importantly, is passionate about cycling. To foster and encourage the sport of cycling in children and adults across Fingal and the rest of the Capital is an exciting prospect for us and with the support of our Local Enterprise Office, we hope to make Fingal a leader in cycling tourism and safety in Ireland'.

Fingal Independent

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