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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