Monday 10 December 2018

Cyclists brave the elements for Lourdes pilgrims

Rene Mullins
Rene Mullins

Twenty-eight cyclists battled freezing conditions on Sunday, cycling to Wexford and back to raise money for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

Two St Kearns Rowing Club members Rene Mullins and Pete Mullan are giving up their free time to take on a 900km cycle from Paris to Lourdes on March 24 this year to raise money for the the 18th biennial cycle - which is organised by the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

The body takes young people with special needs and disabilities to Lourdes each year and requires fundraising events to finance the trips.

The cyclists left Irishtown and travelled as far as Larkin's Cross on a bitterly cold Spring morning.

Rene thanked everyone who participated, along with the Brandon House Hotel, Kathleen at Corcoran's for providing a great spread of food and PSA Solutions for providing a heated toilet for cyclists in Irishtown. Rene and Pete are hoping to raise around €2,500. Rene said they decided to do the cycle as her mother passed away last year and she had hoped to return to the holy town. Anyone can held sponsor Rene by logging on to her page on

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