The Great Railway Cycle Saturday 5th Oct 2019

History of Event

Supporters of the Carrigaline Lions Cycle first got on their bikes in 1991 under the joint co-ordinators, Lions James O’Sullivan and Mark Ginn. The great success of that first year led to the cycle becoming an annual event for the Lions Club and its supporters.

18 cyclists participated in the inaugural event in 1991 and raised € 2,500

150 cyclists got on their bicycles in 2015 and raised €18,000

In the 27 year period to 2018, the event has raised €700,000 for Charity. The major part of the funds raised were donated to cancer related charities and this year the funds raised will once again be donated to Marymount Hospice and other Lions Club projects.

During those 27 years, the route has changed on a number of occasions and two distance options have been added in response to the wishes of the cyclists.

In 1991, the Cycle started in Carrigaline and ended in Killarney. Over the years, Carrigaline has retained its Start Position and the Cycle has ended in diverse places such as Killarney, Dungarvan, Kenmare and Baltimore.

This year the cycle follows the general route of the Bandon and South Coast Railway which closed in 1961 and the name of the event has changed from the Carrigaline Lions Cycle Classic to The Great Railway Cycle.

Sadly, one of the event’s founders, Lion James O’Sullivan passed away in 20l7. James, who was also Past District Governor of Lions Clubs Ireland, had been ever present for the annual cycle since 1991. He will, without doubt, be present in spirit for this year’s Great Railway Cycle.


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A big thank you to all our volunteers and the cyclists who took part in today's Great Railway Cycle! Photos: Adrian O'Herlihy Photography ... See MoreSee Less

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Carrigaline & District Lions Club have decided to defer The Great Railway Cycle by one week to Saturday October 5th at 10am, due to the the sad passing of Packie Jones whose Funeral Mass is on this Saturday morning.
Rest in Peace Packie.
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Cycle participants please note that we will be showing the Ireland Japan rugby game live in the Youth Centre from 8am next Saturday morning before the cycle. ... See MoreSee Less

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Delighted to have been able to help offically launch The Great Railway Cycle 2019, during the week.

This will be the 28th year of the cycle, with over €700,000 raised so far for local charities. This years beneficiaries are the Carrigaline Lions Youth Project, Marymount University Hospice and other Lions Club charities.
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Pictured at the launch of the forthcoming Carrigaline & District Lions Club, 28th Great Railway Cycle Classic, which benefits Marymount Hospice and other Lions Club projects, were from left, Phillip Grant, Marymount Hospice ; Mark Ginn, Event Co-Ordinator ; Ann O’Mahony, Marymount Hospice ; Cyclist, Sinéad Ronan and the Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, T.D. (Photo: Adrian O'Herlihy Photography)
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The Great Railway Cycle

An Tanaiste Simon Coveney at the official launch of The Great Railway Cycle 2019 with event committee members and Marymount Hospice staff. Registration now open ... See MoreSee Less

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Registration now open for The Great Railway Cycle 2019!
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