Tuesday 22 October 2019

Revving up for a great cause

O'Regan Cycle now has seven years under its belt

Tadhg Evans

It was a case of 210 motorcyclists, 106 miles of road, two counties, and not a single drop of rain as the seventh annual Mick O'Regan Memorial Motorcycle Run captured hearts and minds once again.

The event has become a mainstay of this part of the world and is a fitting tribute to Buttevant's Mick O'Regan, a motorbike enthusiast who passed away in 2012.

Prior to this year, the event has raised more than €110,000 for suicide-awareness charities, and that figure looks set to climb a fair bit, as a new route encompassing north Cork and south Limerick proved a popular attraction for more than 200 motorcyclists.

It took in Mallow, Carrignavar, White's Cross, Watergrasshill, Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Kildorrery, Kilmallock, Bruree, and Charleville before returning to Kit Roche's.

And it wasn't all about the biking, either. 'No Warranty' as well as Brian Murray and 'The Backroom Boys' provided on-street entertainment before set-off, while afterwards there was a barbecue in Kit Roche's, as well as a bumper draw for more than 20 spot prizes.

Among the most coveted prizes as an AGV legends helmet, which went to Shamrock Rose Motorcycle Club's John C Harrington.

The presentation of the funds raised for Pieta House will be presented at 9pm on September 21, Bertie O'Regan of the 'Friends of Mick O'Regan' organising committee told The Corkman, and he and his colleagues were once again thrilled with how people took to the occasion.

"We organise this run every year to raise much-needed funds for Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self-harm," Bertie O'Regan said. "Every single cent counts and every single cent raised goes to put the tools of healing into the hands of the professionals in Pieta House.

"We have witnessed magnificent generosity once again from the people of Buttevant, Mallow, Fermoy, Mitchelstown, and Charleville, and we thank them all for that."

Bertie also thanked the participants, entertainment providers, food-and-drink providers, collectors, and both the fire service and Gardaí for their assistance.