Tuesday 30 September 2014

TG4 to show Ring of Kerry Cycle feature

Mary Murphy

Published 15/01/2014 | 05:36

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Tom O'Leary, Tralee, Niamh Blanche, National Digital Skills Centre, Tralee, Cllr Cathal Walshe, Tim O'Brien, Chairman Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, and Paul Dolan, National Digital Skills Centre, Tralee, at the launching the Documentary on the Ring of Kerry.

ALL the joy and pain of the 2013 Ring of Kerry Cycle will be brought dramatically to life later this week on TG4, thanks to the hard work of media students based in Tralee.

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TG4 will broadcast highlights of the 2013 cycle this Sunday, January 19, and the half-hour programme will include action from the cycle as well as interviews with various participants who took on the 112-mile trek last summer.

The documentary was produced by media students at the Kerry Solas Training Centre in Tralee and was commissioned by the Ring of Kerry Cycle Committee.

This year was the 30th anniversary of the annual cycle and to mark the special occasion the cycle on Saturday, July 6, both started and finished in Killarney town centre.

Over the last three decades the Ring of Kerry Charity cycle has developed into one of the biggest charity events in Munster. Every year thousands of cyclists take part in the gruelling but fun event, and to date they have raised over €5.7 million for Kerry Charities.

The nominated charities for the 2013 race were: Cúnamh Iveragh, Down Syndrome Ireland (Kerry Branch), Kerry Mountain Rescue Team, Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre, Pieta House, Recovery Haven Cancer Support House, Kerry Lifeline at the South West Counselling Centre and the Kerry Branch of the Irish Society of Autism.

Speaking ahead of the programme this week TG4 Sports Editor Rónán Ó Coisdealbha paid tribute to event and to those involved in the making of the documentary.

"It is great that viewers all over Ireland will get the chance to see the great work that the Ring of Kerry Cycle Committee have carried out over the years and raising much needed funds for various charities," he said.

The programme will air on Sunday afternoon at 3pm and is also available to viewers online at


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