Conor pedals his way on to Ireland team

Conor Kissane from Killarney winning the Lacy Cup in Tralee. Picture: George Doyle

KILLARNEY cyclist, Conor Kissane, has been named on an Irish team to contest the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Conor, who is just 22 and from Barleymount, is an emerging talent and the international call-up is due recognition of his steady progress.

Three years ago, in 2017, he was a Category 2 rider in Rás Mumhan and wore the blue jersey for leading that category. Last year he was a full Category 1 rider and won the mountain’s polka-dot jersey on the opening Sliabh Luachra stage.

Conor went on to give an impressive Rás Tailteann performance in May, scooping up mountains points on the Moll’s Gap stage. He also won the Kerry County Championship, came second in the National Hill-Climbing Championships and got placing in many road-races.

Conor’s first Irish championship medal came in January this year when he was one of the Killarney Cycling Club team which won the Irish Cyclocross Championship. He hit the cycling headlines again in March by the first road-race of the season, the Lacy Cup in Tralee.

Conor is sure to get tremendous local support, even though he will be missed by his Killarney Club which gave an impressive performance in last year’s event when, along with Kissane, Marcus Treacy and Patrick Clifford also made the podium for leading the Category 2 classification.

This year’s Killarney team comprises of John Brosnan, Neil Hodges, Paidi O’Brien, Jack Caldwell and Andy McGuir  and it is managed by John Crowlye with support from Marcus Tracey, Brendan Slattery, Joe O’Shea, Richie Hodges, Lorraine Lucy and Denis O’Shea.

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Conor Kissane from Killarney winning the Lacy Cup in Tralee.