In memory of a cycling legend

Sinead Kelleher

Now in its fourth year the annual Mike Murphy cycle has been another success according to organisers and has brought them a step closer to fulfilling the aim of raising funds for a statue to the one and only Mick (Mike) Murphy.

The former Rás Tailteann winner and cycling legend, who was known the length and breadth of Ireland, passed away in 2014 and since then an annual cycle has been held in his memory with the aim of raising funds for a statue to the South Kerry man. 

Just over 70 cyclists took part in this year's event and raised €2,160 to be added to the statue fund bringing the total in four years to €15,894.

With a few more donations there is now over €16,000 in the fund and it is hoped this will help get the project underway later this year.

Pre planning discussions on the statue, which is hoped will be erected in Cahersiveen town, are underway and it is hoped to apply for grant aid for the remainder of the cost of the monument.  The weather held up for this year's event giving cyclists the opportunity to explore the beauty of South Kerry. Cyclists once again had the option of a 65km and 100km route to choose from.  Organisers also thanked the sponsors and local community who made the event a success.