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PJ Gallagher and cyclist Sean Kelly along with Colin Sinnott from Ferns in Wexford lead out the Tour de Leinster in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland from TV3's Studios in Ballymount.

PJ Gallagher and cyclist Sean Kelly along with Colin Sinnott from Ferns in Wexford lead out the Tour de Leinster in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland from TV3's Studios in Ballymount.

PJ Gallagher and cyclist Sean Kelly along with Colin Sinnott from Ferns in Wexford lead out the Tour de Leinster in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland from TV3's Studios in Ballymount.

ONE of our greatest ever cyclists, Sean Kelly, and popular comedian, PJ Gallagher, were drumming up some laughs, when they led out the Tour de Leinster, from the TV3 studios.

Joining in was Colin Sinnott from Ferns, Co Wexford, as the four day 600km charity cycle departed from the Ballymount complex in Dublin.

The route takes in all the Leinster counties, and is inspired by Down Syndrome Ireland's very successful involvement, with the Tour de Munster event.

The charity organisation hopes to raise €250,000 which will be spent supporting its services throughout Ireland. The cycle route features some challenging climbs in Co Wicklow.

These take in Hollywood Hill before crossing the Wicklow Gap and heading into Laragh. A climb of Mount Leinster is also included, and on Day Four, participants will have to take on the Hill of Tara. And when the tour arrives back in Dublin a final climbing challenge will remain - testing endurance skills on the Hill of Howth

Irish Independent