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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Get set for the cycle from Scart

Published 26/06/2013 | 05:36

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Charity cyclists: Centre from left: Liam Murphy, Donal Dennehy and Denis McCarthy are flanked by Catherine Judge-Murphy, organiser; Jack Shanahan, Kerry Hospice Foundation, Castleisland branch chairman; Dano and Nora Dennehy, Castleisland Motor Factors, joint sponsors at the announcement of details of the Kerry to Galway Hospice Cycle in Castleisland on Friday morning. Photo by John Reidy

A monumental, 180km fundraising cycle undertaking the long journey from Kerry to Galway will set out from Scartaglin early on the morning of September 7 next.

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A monumental, 180km fundraising cycle undertaking the long journey from Kerry to Galway will set out from Scartaglin early on the morning of September 7 next.

The event, in aid of the Hospice foundations in both counties, will involve twenty cyclists who will take to the roads to honour the memory of Seamus Judge, of Mayo, who lost his battle with cancer last year. Event PRO Amber Galwey compiled the following report:

"Seamus Judge's sister Catherine Judge-Murphy, originally from Claremorris, Co Mayo and her husband, Liam Murphy from Scartaglin have organised the event to acknowledge the fantastic care that Hospice provides.

"My brother was a patient in Galway Hospice before he passed away last year, and the care and attention he received was just wonderful. We organised this cycle so we could give something back to Hospice and ensure that the excellent care they give can be continued in the future," said Catherine.

The cyclists will depart from Scartaglin and will travel to Renmore - where the Galway Hospice is located. The money raised will be presented to both Kerry and Galway Hospice. The money being raised in each county will go to the Hospice centre in that county.

Jack Shanahan, chairman of the Castleisland branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation explains that the money raised will go to good use and will greatly benefit the foundation in Kerry.

"We're delighted that Liam and his family are doing so much for Hospice in both Kerry and Galway. The Kerry Hospice Foundation has started work on a new inpatient palliative care unit and the funds that Liam raises for us will go fully to this project. This new unit will ensure that all the professional consultants, doctors, nurses and allied professionals will be able to continue to provide an exceptional palliative care service," explains Mr Shanahan.

The cycle has six main sponsors contributing to it and they are: Castleisland Motor Factors and LM Construction on the Kerry side. Ashford Castle Hotel and The Rendezvous Bar - both from Mayo with Bugler's Ballyboden House, Dublin and Recycle Batteries complete the line-up of backers."

The participating cyclists will also be collecting before the big event. The cycle is full however anyone wishing to make a donation can contact Liam Murphy on 087-6396652.

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