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Blazing saddles as firefighters finish charity bike ride

FIREFIGHTERS from Dublin cycled across all four Irish provinces to raise funds for children's charity Barnados and voluntary organisation St Francis Hope.

Twenty-three members of Dublin Fire Brigade arrived on the capital's Quays yesterday afternoon, exhausted but glad to have completed their mission.

They left last Tuesday and cycled from Dublin to Cavan to Claremorris, Co Mayo, to Nenagh, Co Tipperary, and back, pedalling an average of 70 to 100 miles a day.

District Officer Brendan Carroll told the Herald: "The highlight will definitely be getting back home."

He said the challenge was not as difficult as it sounds -- even for the oldest member of the group, who turned 70 last week.

It took around two months of fundraising for the firefighters to raise €25,000 for their chosen charities.


They received help from sponsors, including Dublin City Council and numerous restaurants, and also appealed to the public by collecting money on the streets.

However, Brendan revealed the recession had hit their takings. "Last year we got more money and quicker. It's been a lot harder this year," he said.