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Cyclists gear up to honour Thomas

A GROUP of cyclists will take to the road next month to commemorate former Dublin senior footballer and Round Towers player Thomas Mulligan.

Around 60 cyclists hope to cover 90 miles along the east coast in just two days.

This is the third year of the memorial cycle, which aims to raise funds and awareness for Pieta House, Centre for the Prevention of Self Harm and Suicide.

Thomas Mulligan Snr, father of the late Dublin footballer, has organised the event to commemorate his son, who committed suicide in August 2007, aged 30.

"We lost our lovely son three years ago in August, each year since then we got involved to do this event," he said.

"We do it to help everyone who has been affected by suicide or self-harm, to help them become part of it and do something for their departed loved ones.

"Being involved, it's helped me and the family to commemorate Thomas and have a lovely weekend and raise funds for Pieta House while doing it."

Pieta House is the only organisation in the country providing professional therapeutic service for people who have attempted suicide or who have actively contemplated the act.

"It's going to benefit us greatly," said Joan Freeman, chief executive of Pieta House.

"We are opening a new outreach centre in Ballyfermot and the money raised will help us to get a new therapist for it."