Cycle 'a perfect tribute' to John O'Shea

The late John O'Shea
The late John O'Shea

Tadhg Evans

Mike O'Shea describes his brother John as 'a man who was involved in everything in the community'. But cycling was one of his warmest passions, and Mike believes the first 'John O'Shea Memorial Cycle' will be a fitting tribute to a man who died tragically last May.

The cycle - organised by John's cycling club, Killorglin Cycling Club - is billed for this Sunday, March 19, and will raise funds for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust Group 135.

John had been involved with the group's Easter Lourdes trips with youths and carers in recent years, and for Mike and the cycle organisers, the Trust was an obvious choice to benefit from the funds raised.

"John was very much involved in community, between cycling, vintage clubs, Dromid Pearse's GAA, the Trust, and whatever else. A tragedy like this was tough on the community as well as his family," Mike told The Kerryman.

"We at the cycling club put our heads together, and I think this is the best tribute we could pay to him as it covers his love of cycling, and his voluntary work."

Mike welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities, with registration to begin from 10am at Dromid Community Centre, follow by the start of the cycle at 11am.

The cycle offers two routes of 40km and 70km respectively, and both tracks will treat participants to some of the best scenery beautiful South Kerry has to offer.

Registration is set at €20, with all funds to go to group 135, and John said "there's no excuse not to cycle!"

"If you don't have a bike, get down to Eamon Casey bikes in Cahersiveen, and you can rent one from there," he said.

Refreshments will be available afterwards, and more information is available from Mike at 087-648-5623.


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