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Gardai and pals cycle 500km in italy to raise €64k for charity

A GROUP of 56 gardai and pals raised €64,000 for charity by cycling 500km in Italy.

The Tour de Force group completed the trip in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation and Re Nua services in Celbridge, Co Kildare.

The officers travelled from Rome to Bologna in the week-long charity cycle, which was sponsored by Paddy Power and others, including the Herald.

Cheques were presented to the charities last Friday.

The annual Tour de Force cycle has raised almost €700,000 since its foundation in 1991.