Charity cycle dedicated to popular Carmella

A TOTAL of 220 hardy cyclists took to the roads for the annual Valley 70 Cycle on Sunday to generate funds, through sponsorship, to resource Coolick National School in Kilcummin

The event wad dedicated to the late Carmella Sheehy

Now in its sixth year, the event attracted participants from all over Kerry as well as Limerick, Cork and even as far away as Carlow and they set off on the 70km route, from Fossa, through the Gap of Dunloe.

This year, there was a host of younger faces and families taking on the new 30km flat route.

Coolick school principal, Irene O’Keeffe, addressed the cyclists before the off and she dedicated this year’s event to the late Carmella Sheehy, a popular career guidance teacher from Aghadoe, Killarney, who passed away in April.

“Although Carmella is not with us today, she is with us in spirit. She radiated huge positivity in every aspect of her life,” said Irene.

With a 40 strong volunteer team, visibility and safety in all aspects of the event was carefully managed while the catering team prepared a range of offering for the charity champions to enjoy.

Pictures: Timmy Dowd and Christy McCarthy

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