Caherdaniel Valentine's Cycle to honour local woman Ita

Ita Corridan's husband Tom and their daughter Eimear pictured at last year's Valentine Cycle in Caherdaniel. The annual cycle is held in memory of Ita and in aid of Marymount Hospice.
Ita Corridan's husband Tom and their daughter Eimear pictured at last year's Valentine Cycle in Caherdaniel. The annual cycle is held in memory of Ita and in aid of Marymount Hospice.

Simon Brouder

Hundreds of cyclists will gather in Caherdaniel later this month to raise money for charity and honour the memory of much loved, and much missed, local woman Ita Corridan.

Often described as lynch pin of the community - a description which barely does justice to her kindness, generosity and community spirit - Ita sadly passed away, after a brief illness, in November 2014.

Her tragic loss left an enormous void in the community and in 2015, to honour her and keep her memory alive, the Corridan family inaugurated a charity cycle event to raise money for Marymount Hospice, where Ita received wonderful care before her untimely passing.

Each year money has also been donated to help other local causes. In its first three years the cycle has raised well over €40,000 for the charity with 200 to 300 cyclists taking part each year. Indeed it has become a very popular fixture on Kerry's busy cycling calendar, with many using it to kick off their training for the Ring of Kerry Cycle in the summer.

This year's event takes place on Saturday, February 17 and will follow the same route as last year. The cycle will set off for Sneem from Caherdaniel Cross at 1pm and return along the same route.

Refreshments will be provided in Sneem at O'Shea's Bar and upon their return the weary cyclists will be able to avail of the same at Caherdaniel's Parish Hall.

Participants can register on the day and donations can also be made online by searching for  the 'valentine ride' link at www.everydayhero.com/ie/. Eamon Casey's Cycle Shop in Cahersiveen and M.J Burns of Sneem will also be providing some bicycles for use on the day. A large crowd is expected for the event, which will not only raise money for a very worthy cause but also pay fitting tribute to an inspirational woman.

Kerryman

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