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Dillon leads the Irish challenge

The 19th Sneem Hotel Rás na mBan, a ladies two-day race, got off to a flyer yesterday and continues today and tomorrow.

Sneem Hotel are the sponsors for the third year as 76 women in top international squads from the Netherlands, Germany, Serbia and the UK as well as an Irish national squad and a host of club teams, do battle on some of the most challenging roads in Ireland.

National champion Olivia Dillon heads up the Irish team against the opposition from across Europe.

The former top triathlete and Irish national Volleyball team member joins a powerful Irish squad of Francine Meehan, Jenny McCauley and Sarah Piner.

The Dutch Moving Ladies squad which secured overall victory last year with England's Emma Trott are back to defend their title.