Tomás to get a blazing welcome home

Tomás Mac a’tSaoir in Capetown at the end of the long road from Cairo
Tomás Mac a’tSaoir in Capetown at the end of the long road from Cairo

Bonfires will blaze in Ballyferriter on Saturday evening to welcome Tomás Mac an tSaoir home from his cycling adventures in Africa.

Tomás will arrive into Ballyferriter on Saturday after completing a mammoth cycle from Cairo to Capetown. On arrival in Dublin from Capetown he will be met by his family, who have followed reports of his progress keenly over the past months as he cycled the length and breadth of the African Continent.

"I knew he could do it, but I was worried all the same," Tomás father, Diarmuid. "I though he was mad when he first said that he was going to cycle from Cairo to Capetown but it's a great achievement".

Tomás will travel to CBS The Green in Tralee on Saturday where he will be joined by a group of cyclists who will accompany him on the road west.

As a result of his African adventure Tomás has raised over €13,000 for the Dónal Walsh Live Life Foundation and donations are mounting daily as he nears his target of €15,000.

Tomás finished his Africa cycle last Wednesday, on the sixth anniversary of the funeral of Donal Walsh. In a Twitter post he said: "A significant day to finish and he was in my mind as I pedalled into Capetown. Dónal has left an important legacy behind so I'm very grateful to be able to play my part in continuing it."

Tomás and his fellow cyclists will leave CBS The Green at 1pm on Saturday, heading for Annascaul where they're promised a taste of Ashe's black pudding. It is not known at this stage how many people will turn up for the cycle but one of the confirmed cyclists is Dónal Walsh's father Fionbar.

The group will continue to Dingle, and after a round of the town they are expected to depart from the Marina at 4.30pm and head west via Slea Head to Ballyferriter where a rousing homecoming will await Tomás.