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Monday 27 January 2020

Cyclists go one better for Geraldines

Some of those who cycled 170km from Cork to New Ross. Front, from left: Mosie Somers, Enda Kelly, Jack Foran, Brandon Gardiner, Robbie Donovan. Owen Bailey, Jimmy Smith, Gary Hill, Eoin Kelly, Barry Kelly and David Merrigan
Some of those who cycled 170km from Cork to New Ross. Front, from left: Mosie Somers, Enda Kelly, Jack Foran, Brandon Gardiner, Robbie Donovan. Owen Bailey, Jimmy Smith, Gary Hill, Eoin Kelly, Barry Kelly and David Merrigan

Simon Bourke

While many were still digesting the turkey sandwiches and sneakily eyeing the rest of the Quality Street, the lads from Geraldine O'Hanrahans GAA and the New Ross & District Pipe Band were in the saddle, taking on a 170km cycle from one side of the country to the other.

Organised to raise funds for both organisations, the cycle saw 20 hardy souls set out from Middleton in Cork at 8.40 a.m. on the morning of December 28.

In conditions best described as 'inclement' the cyclists made their way across the country, through Cork and Waterford, arriving back in New Ross at 3.30 p.m., their only break a brief stop in Dungarvan for a bite to eat.

However, upon their return, the players and musicians were joined by the rest of their clubmates for a party in Corcoran's, all with the aim of continuing the fundraising for an organisation that hopes to improve upon its success last year.

Jimmy Smith of Geraldines was one of those who took part in the cycle and he explained why they had undertaken such an arduous challenge.

'The money will be spread among the team going forward. We're hoping to get a new trainer, develop the squad and get some assistant coaches.

'The club is in good nick at the moment. We lost the Intermediate Hurling County Final last year so we're hoping to go one better this year.'

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