Féile cycle in memory of Páidí hits the western road
THE memory of Páidí Ó Sé will burn brightly in Corca Dhuibhne during Féile na Bealtaine as a Cumann Rothaíochta Chorca Dhuibhne host the annual Dingle Peninsula Cycle Challenge in the memory of the Árd a'Bhóthair footballing native on Saturday May 3.
Páidí's daughter Siún, his son Pádraig Óg and his nephew Marc Ó Sé have all lent their support to the cycle as they officially launched the event at the cross in Baile an Mhuilinn this week and many of Páidí's former team-mates and colleagues (such as Minister Jimmy Deenihan, John O'Keeffe, Ogie Moran, Ger Power, Mick Galway, Dermot Hanafin and Tomás Ó Flatharta) have expressed a keen interest in taking part in the cycle.
The Dingle Peninsula Cycling Challenge has two options for participants this year, a 75 mile route and a 35 mile route, both which will begin simultaneously in Dingle on May 3 at 9am.
The first leg of the cycle (which is about 40 miles in length) begins in Dingle before venturing through Lios Póil, Annascaul and Camp. The return leg incorporates Conor Pass, a designated 'Premier Grade One Mountain' route.
The second leg of the cycle, the shorter route option, is about 35 miles in length and takes in Slea Head passing through Páidí's home parish of Ceann Trá, Dún Chaoin, Baile an Fheirteáraigh, Baile na nGall, Feothneach, Cuas and Glens before heading back into Dingle.
Cumann Rothaíochta Chorca Dhuibhne have issued a special invite to cyclists all over the county to take part.
A strong local GAA contingent is expected and a special invite has also been extended to any players who made up the panel of the West Kerry's teams of 1984, 1985 and 1990; Kerry's U-21 team of 1995 and 1996; Kerry's team of 1997 and 2000 and the Kerry teams of 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009 due to the nature of Páidí's involvement and association with these teams.
The fundraising cycle will raise funds for the Dingle Camphill Community in Dún Síon, Am Spraoi (Dingle's playground project) and the Cardiac Unit at Kerry General Hospital.
Registration for Dingle Peninsula Cycling Challenge can be completed online on FeileNaBealtaine.ie, the Precision Timing website or the Dingle Cycling Club's official Facebook page. People may also contact 086-8229652 for more information.