Seán Ó Catháin has a busy summer ahead of him cycling around eight of the country's most popular peninsulas in an effort to raise funds for the Kerry Health Link Bus which transports those undergoing cancer treatment to Cork University Hospital.
Seán, who is an avid cyclist and a teacher at Scoil Chill Mhic a'Domhnaigh, plans to start his tour by cycling around the Dingle Peninsula, having already gotten some practice in with Cumann Rothaíochta Chorca Dhuibhne on the Dingle Peninsula 110km Challenge which was hosted during Féile na Bealtaine in May. From West Kerry there he will head south around the Ring of Kerry before crossing over the county bounds into West Cork to cycle around the Beara Peninsula.
Seán, who also cycled from Dingle to an INTO conference in Sligo a couple of years back, fundraising €7,108 for Dingle's Camphill Community along the way with fellow teachers Mícheál Ó Conchúir of Scoil Iognáid Rís and Seanachán MacGearailt of Scoil an Ghleanna, will then north to take on the Cooley Peninsula, County Down's Ards Peninsula and across into Donegal to cycle Inishowen. Heading back down along the west coast, Mayo will be next on the agenda as faces the Erris Peninsula before finishing on the Clare Peninsula.
Cycling for charity is an annual undertaking for Seán and this the second time he will fundraise for the 'Kerry Bus' having presented a cheque of €2,745 to Seán Prendergast and other local representatives following his sponsored cycle last year which brought him to the Blasket Islands, Inis Iar and Oileáin Chléire.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation Bus can do so by contacting 086-8044416. A bank account has also been set up at the AIB Branch in Dingle allowing people to donate directly to account number 02577013.