Sunday 21 July 2019

DD Nagle's cycle trek supports worthy Brú Columbanus

John Tarrant

Pedal power has allowed Freemount's D D Nagle support a deserving cause, Bru Columbanus, a €5.5 million project established by the Knights of St. Columbanus and opened in 2005 that provides accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients close to CUH.

The keen sportsman is no stranger to cycling classics such as the iconic Ring of Kerry during mid summer.

"2018 was be my 23rd year involved, and the Sliabh Luachra hosting proved the ideal preparation for the Ring of Kerry. I cycled in support of Brú Columbanus, the home from home accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients," said DD.

Brú Columbanus was inspired by an Irish boy, Aaron Kiely, who at just 11 months had to travel to Bristol hospital for cancer treatment.

The Kiely family were living in the UK at the time, and on arrival the family were given keys to accommodation named 'Click House', so the anxiety of finding and funding accommodation was alleviated.

A short time later, Aaron's uncle, Charlie Barry, was approached by the Knights of St. Columbanus as they wanted to develop a community based project and suggested replicating the services provided in Click House.

With a lot of hard work and within a very short time Brú Columbanus was established, incorporating 26 en-suite family rooms with a supporting kitchen and lounges where families can meet other families who are in similar situations and can lend support and understanding to each other and draw on their shared experiences.

"Brú Columbanus is conveniently situated at Cardinal Way, Wilton, adjacent to Cork University Hospital and the Wilton shopping centre. Access from the house to any of the Cork hospitals or the hospice can be done with ease", said DD.

As another season beckons, D D rounded off the old year by joining 150 cylists in the company of International Sky rider Eddie Dunbar in Kanturk as part of a fund-raiser in support of the O'Leary Stone Cycling Club.