Athlete Paul in fundraising cycle to Galway
Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00
A LOCAL athlete who is more familiar with running the country's roads, will step things up a gear this Saturday, as he cycles all the way to his grandmother's house in Galway, to raise funds for a very good cause.
Patrick Curley (31) from Ballycanew is a member of Sliabh Bhui Rovers, and he took up cycling just last January. 'I bought a bike last summer, and took up cycling for the first time in 20 odd years last January,' he said. 'I'd run six nights a week, and cycle on one day a week.'
He's undertaking the challenge to raise funds for the Irish Kidney Association in memory of close family friend Sandra O'Brien who passed away recently. Patrick said that family and friends and his Sliabh Bhui team mates have been very supportive so far.He will set out on the 250 km cycle, leaving Inch at 4 a.m. 'Hopefully I'll get there before 6 p.m.,' he said. 'I'll go up through Bunclody, Carlow, Portlaois, Birr, Portumna, and finish on the other side of Loughrea.'
'I had it in my head all year to cycle to my granny's house, and my mother suggested raising funds for the Irish Kidney Association,' he explained, adding that people can donate through the Irish Kidney Association website www.ika.ie .
He said he recently completed the Dragon Sportif 130 km cycle, and combined with the cycle to Enniscorthy and back, he did around 195 km on the day, so he's hopeful of completing the cycle to Galway. Patrick added that it will be a quick visit to his grandmother's house, as he'll be returning to North Wexford by car on Saturday evening.