John still working magic for Irish Pilgrimage Trust

Tadhg Evans

It's coming up on three years since John O'Shea passed away, but there's no doubt he'd be happy to see that his memory continues to gather funds for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust Group 135, a group he was heavily involved with prior to his passing in May 2016.

The memorial cycle that carries his name began in 2017 and has since raised more than €10,000 for the Pilgrimage Trust group, which brings young people with special needs to Lourdes each year.

Again, two cycles of 50 and 70 kilometres respectively are on offer. John was a man of many passions, including his local Dromid Pearses GAA, vintage clubs, and cycling with the Killorglin club. But also among these was, of course, Group 135, and they're fitting beneficiaries of the cycle, his brother, Mike, explained. "This will give around 12 families a bit of respite over Easter," Mike said.

"Last year, we had it just after St Patrick's Day. This year, we're having it on March 16, so people can get on their bikes before St Patrick's Day," he said. "Registration is earlier this year because we're going up against a big evening of sport between rugby and football. It's at 9.30am from Ionad na Dromada, and we'd hope to be on the road for 10.30am, with refreshments before and after."

No fee applies, but cyclists must donate a minimum of €20 to Group 135. Participants must be Cycling Ireland members, and helmets are compulsory. Anyone who needs a bike can call into Eamon Casey's store in Cahersiveen. For more information, contact either Mike at (087) 648 5623 or Eoin Ryan at (087) 282 1851.