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Mullins gets on his bike to raise funds for Vincent's developments

AS far as Dublin football is concerned, Brian Mullins will always wear the yellow jersey.

He was one of the greatest midfielders of all time. His fetching ability, his use of the ball and his drive to succeed were just extraordinary. Perhaps his comeback from a serious car accident to help Dublin win Sam in 1983 was his greatest achievement of all.

He is talked about in the same sentence as the likes of Mick O'Connell and Jack O'Shea. Mullins was the pure, classical midfielder.

He has long hung up the boots. He keeps fit by cycling to work at UCD or down to his beloved St Vincent's.

Brian is the chairman of Vins. You'd often spot him on the Malahide Road peddling to a meeting in the club.

In the last couple of weeks he has been keeping a close eye on the Tour de France.

Next Friday he'll be setting off on the Howth Head to Malin Head Cycle Challenge.

It will begin the fund-raising initiative for Vincent's to install an all-weather pitch and Ball Wall.

"I'm looking forward to it. I have been in training," says Brian.

He'll have company on the cycle, two of his sons, Bernard and Pádraig.

The plan is to cover the 190 miles within the two days.

Friday's schedule is Slane, Ardee and Monaghan. Saturday's route involves Aughnacloy, Omagh, Strabane, Derry, the Inishowen Peninsula before finishing on Malin Head.

The journey will take them through Cardonagh where Brian was once the principal of the largest school in Ireland.

"Hopefully we'll get the weather. That will be important," he states.

"And we are hoping that the venture will be well supported. It would be great to get those new facilities for the club."

People can join in the fun and support the venture on the Brian Mullins Charity Cycle Facebook Page.

Brian was thrilled to see the Dubs progress last Saturday, especially with two of his club colleagues in the dug-out, Pat Gilroy and Mickey Whelan.

Brian actually played with the great Mickey Whelan. The duo helped Vins to win the All-Ireland football club title in 1976.

Now, big Brian's immediate aim is to show a bit of that old Kelly-Roche magic as he prepares to saddle up and head North.

And, in Tour de France fashion, he's wondering will there be a couple of blondes to give him a kiss on the cheek and present him with a bunch of flowers at journey's end!

p Donations can be sent to The Brian Mullins Charity Cycle, St Vincent's GAA, PO Box 1625, Marino, Dublin 3. Cheques should be made out to the St Vincent's GAA. More information from Michelle Cantwell on 01 8335722 / 0868775078 or vinssec@tinet.ie.