Wednesday 28 September 2016

This father and daughter cycled into Paris for Euro 2016 on a tandem bicycle

700 cyclists were greeted by the Irish Ambassador to France and band Seo Linn

Cathal McMahon

Published 13/06/2016 | 17:00

Cahir O'Higgins and his daughter Iseult after completing the last leg of the Mustard Seed Cycle
Cahir O'Higgins and his daughter Iseult after completing the last leg of the Mustard Seed Cycle

This father and daughter cycled into Paris on a tandem bike

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Well-known solicitor Cahir O'Higgins and his 12-year-old daughter Iseult did the last leg of the Mustard Seed charity cycle together.

The pair joined 90 Irish fans on a 700km cycle from the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to Avenue Foch, within sight of the Arc de Triomphe.

While Cahir did the entire cycle his daughter joined him for the last 95km.

She told Independent.ie: “My dad encouraged me to do it. I found it tough because my dad is heavy and he wasn't peddling for most of it.”

Cahir, who helped organise the event, said: “We wanted to come up with a way of heightening the knowledge about the charity in a broader sense and in that context we thought it would be a good idea to combine cycling with the Euros.

“An awful lot of fans love their cycling. We thought it would be a good meaty challenge to see if people could cycle 700km to Paris.

“It is something special and it is something that is not that easy to achieve.”

John Hannin, Gerard Moore and Suzanne Gaine from Investec joined Martin Phelan, Ivor Banim and Leo Moore of William Fry Solicitors along with Billy Glennon from Vision and solicitor Cahir O'Higgins
John Hannin, Gerard Moore and Suzanne Gaine from Investec joined Martin Phelan, Ivor Banim and Leo Moore of William Fry Solicitors along with Billy Glennon from Vision and solicitor Cahir O'Higgins

The fans undertook the cycle in aid of Irish charity, Mustard Seed, which works with disabled children in the developing world. Each cyclist received a priceless match ticket.

The cyclists were greeted at the Irish Embassy by Ireland's ambassador to France, Geraldine Byrne Nason and Seo Linn who have written the official song for Euro 2016 – The Irish Roar.

They didn't do the cycle but lead singer Stiofán Ó Fearail (26) joked: “We have committed that the next time Ireland are playing Sweden on a Monday we are going to cycle on the following Tuesday.”

The band are planning to spend the next few days in Paris and will be playing in clubs and bars around the city.

Without instruments the band gave a rousing rendition of their hit song for Independent.ie.

Watch below

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