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Tuesday 16 October 2018

New Ross cycle coach Mark inspired record breaking cyclist

Eimear Moran, six-time national champion and twice national record holder, Mark Kiely, and Orla Hendron, current world masters champion
Eimear Moran, six-time national champion and twice national record holder, Mark Kiely, and Orla Hendron, current world masters champion

David Looby

A star female athlete who has won a record number of Irish cycling titles this month was trained by a New Ross coach.

Eimear Moran is six times Irish champion having only taken up the sport of cycling in April. The coach who got her into the sport, Mark Kiely, 44, said Ms Moran is now in line to compete for Ireland at the Rio Olympics.

The married, father-of-three, who has trained Philip Deignan of Team Sky said Ms Moran was formerly an international rower who only started riding cycle tracks in April.

'That's when she came under my radar. Having left New Ross in 1989 I've been coaching ever since.' The son of Seamus and Maureen Kiely, Southknock, Mr Kiely rowed up to championship level, competing in the championships in Manchester last year. He was national junior manager of the cycling team for two years and has coached Timmy Barry and Ray Clarke, who won a bronze medal at the recent international championships and Brian Ahern.

'Eimear is the first Irish athlete to have six national titles. She had to ride behind a motorcycle for four laps and to go hell for leather for the final two laps. She also did track cycling on the velodrome, a 500 metre time trail, a pursuit, a 200m sprint, which she did in 12.9 seconds. She also won the team sprint event in 37.6 seconds, another national record.'

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