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Saturday 19 April 2014

Nine charities to benefit as cyclists get on their bikes for 'Ring of Kerry'

Launching the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2014 were Karena McCarthy, Secretary; Tim O’Brien, Chairman and John Rice, Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Management Team at The Malton, Killarney on Saturday.

SIXTY charities applied to be nominated for the 2014 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, the largest number of applications since the event first began over 30 years ago.

The nominations were eventually whittled down to nine following an extensive process and those selected were announced at a photo launch in The Malton on Saturday.

The chosen charities are: Acquired Brain Injury - Kerry Services; Ard Cúram Day Care Centre – North Kerry; Irish Red Cross - Tralee Branch; Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone; Kerry Hospice Foundation / Palliative Care; Kerry Parents & Friends Association; NSAC / Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club; Pieta House and Valentia Island Cottage Hospital.

PRO Cathal Walshe said It was a difficult decision but the committee was delighted at its final selections and added that geography was one factor amongst many in the final decision.

"There was huge demand and it's great to see so many areas being represented - for instance it's our first time having a group from Listowel," Cathal said.

"The charities will now have a chance to recruit cyclists for their own causes before online registration opens in March.

"Any cyclist wishing to cycle on behalf of any of the nominated charities should contact their chosen charity directly."

The 112-mile leisure cycle is the largest one-day fundraiser outside of the capital and has raised over €6m since its inception.

Last year alone it raised €1.1m for local Kerry charities on the 30th anniversary of the event.

This year's cycle will be staged on Saturday, July 5.

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