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London to Ballaghaderreen Charity Bike Ride

On 30th September 2019 a team of over 16 men and women will embark on a bike ride from The Claddagh Ring in North London, cycling up to Liverpool and across the Irish sea to their final destination in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

It’s a daunting task even for the most accomplished cyclists, so what has inspired a group of novices to embark on such a challenge?

Well, as it so often happens, the group have come together to support two causes that are close to their hearts; Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

Anyone who has been touched by either of these diseases knows only too well the impact they can have not only on the person suffering with the disease, but on the whole family and those closest to them.

Both are disease that affect the brain, MND is caused by a problem with motor neurone cells in the brain and nerves, and AD is thought to be caused by abnormal build-up of proteins in and around the brain cells.

A striking difference between the two is in how their initial symptoms manifest. MND’s symptoms are noticeably physical; such as slurred speech, muscle weakness and difficulty swallowing and walking. Whereas Alzheimer’s tends to present itself as changes in the person’s mind (brain), usually in the form of memory problems, confusion, disorientation and personality changes.

London to Ballaghaderreen Charity Bike Ride

Both of the diseases are progressive and require professional care and treatment.

Sadly, there’s no cure for either MND or AD, but with your help the bikers want to help improve the quality of life for those with MND or AD and the level of support that their families receive.

They’ve a hefty goal of raising at least £30,000 that will help the IMNDS provide vital funding and supporting Alzheimer’s Society.

You can support this worthy cause by making a donation to Just Giving London to Ballaghaderreen or Sponsoring one of the Team individual sponsor sheets or just popping in to The Claddagh Ring .

The route has been chosen as Frank Kelly (Finbar Holian brother in law) passed away from MND on 30th Oct 2017 having lived in Ballaghaderreen all his life. He was a true family man, friend, the local postman and a huge part of Ballaghaderreen GAA both as a player and Manager.

Joe Lynch who passed away recently from Alzheimer’s lived in Enfield and was from Wexford. Joe was another true family man, friend and was manager and Chairman of Saint Theresa’s GAA Club in North London for many years. Joe actually cycled to Ireland with some of the present team 27 years ago which also started at The Claddagh Ring.

There is a great bond of friendship and team spirit building within whole team.

We are getting very excited as it is now less than three months before we set off on this fun funding bike journey and we are just hoping to raise as much money as possible for these worthy causes.

The Bike Team is led by:

  • Liam McCarthy (Kerry/London),
  • John Gavigan (London/Mayo/Leitrim/Sligo!),
  • Dan McGrath (London/Mayo), 
  • Brendan Dolan (Galway), 
  • Con Cunningham (Galway/ Birmingham),
  • Joe Argue (Cavan/ Birmingham),
  • Christy and Rose Murray (Meath/Kilkenny),
  • Peter Holian (Galway),
  • Niall Usher (Galway),
  • Ailish Connollly (Claddagh Ring/Roscommon),
  • Richard Hession (Claddagh Ring/Galway),
  • Pat Towey (Ballaghaderreen),
  • Joseph Laporte (The Seychelles),
  • Fr.Gerard Quirke (Galway),
  • Peter Kelly (Ballaghaderreen) and
  • Finbar Holian (Galway).

The Support and Super Sub Team are led by:

  • Patrick Denning (Enfield/Cavan),
  • John Bresnahan (Tyrone),
  • Sean Mulvey (Leitrim),
  • Arthur Boyhan (Kildare),
  • Shane O’ Sullivan (Kerry/London) and
  • Marie Dillon (Galway).

Hopefully you can support them by sponsoring them individually or by sending money to Just Giving London to Ballaghaderreen.
And all going well, you can meet the bikers at the finish line in the square of Ballaghaderreen town on Sat 5th October at sometime around 6pm, and then join them later for a celebration party of music and craic organised by John Meehan (YB Sober band) in The Brusna Inn just outside the town.

London to Ballaghaderreen Charity Bike Ride