Sunday 17 February 2019

Team of 12 cyclists taking on four peaks for Purple House

Some of the four peaks team at Purple House in Bray
Some of the four peaks team at Purple House in Bray

Mary Fogarty

A dozen cyclists are tackling Ireland's four highest mountains in aid of Purple House.

The 'Round Ireland Purple House Four Peaks Cycling and Climbing Challenge' began last Saturday.

The cyclists are making their way to the highest peak in each province and expect to complete their mission on Friday. This is the first time that this will ever have been achieved by fully human powered means, with no driving between peaks.

The group set off from Purple House Cancer Support Centre in Bray at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

The week-long campaign includes 1,225km of cycling.

The challenge is the brainchild of Danny McDermott, who has completed a number of epic cycling challenges before, such as cycling from Bray to Istanbul for Purple House in 2016.

Danny is joined by London 2012 Irish Paralympic cyclist Cathal Miller as well as a number of serious cyclists and supporters of Purple House.

The full team is: Danny McDermott, Cathal Miller, Phil Guthrie, Michael McLoughlin, Michael Murray, Alan Carroll, Brett Birthisel, Padraig O' Dwyer, Phelim Lynch, Gavin Mcloughlin, Stephen Bradley, Nathan Reardon and Anne Miller.

This challenge includes some very long days in the saddle, such as day five from Swinford to Newry where they will cycle 235km.

The event is part of Purple House Cancer Support's physical activity events to encourage people to be active to reduce their cancer risk.

Saturday and Sunday brought the group from Bray to Cashel, including a climb of Lugnaquilla, and from Cashel to Killarney, with a climb of Carrauntoohil. On Monday and Tuesday, they travelled from Killarney to Galway, then Galway to Swinford, where they climbed Mweelra.

Today, Wednesday, they should arrive in Newry, and tomorrow it's Slane and Slive Donard, before making their way back to Bray on Friday.

Donations can be made at

Bray People