THE annual Ring of Kerry charity cycle has, yet again, broken the magical €1 million mark.
The 2019 pedal marathon generated a whopping €1,112,000 for the chosen charities and the announcement sparked off great celebrations at the annual get-together of those involved in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney last night.
Whatever about the demands that arose during the energy-sapping 175km cycle around the Ring of Kerry, some of the participants ensured they kept enough energy in reserve to step it out and dance a jig or two at the gala party with Neily O’Connor supplying the tunes.
Close on 6,000 cyclists participated in this year’s cycle, including an 83-year-old man from Offaly and gritty paralympic athlete Chris Slaven from the US who did so with the aid of a cleverly adapted hand-propelled bike and her specially trained service dog, Earle.
This was the 36th year of the annual cycle which has raised very close to €17 million for charitable organisations.
This year’s main charities to benefit were the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Recovery Haven, St Mary of the Angels, Breakthrough Cancer Support, Cúnagh Iveragh and Áras Mhuire.
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