The Great Railway Cycle Saturday 30th Sept 2017

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 got on their bicycles in 1991 and raised € 2,500

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

In the 25 year period to 2016, the event has raised more than €675,000 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 25 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.

This year also marked the sad death of our beloved member and Past District Governor, Lion James O’Sullivan who has been ever present for the annual cycle since 1991 and will, without doubt, be present in spirit for The Great Railway Cycle 2017.

 

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The Great Railway Cycle shared Carrigaline & District Lions Club's post. ... See MoreSee Less

Tickets are on sale now for our Carols by Candlelight Concert. This promises to be a magical evening!

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Thanks again to all who braved the very damp conditions last Saturday to raise funds for Marymount University Hospice and the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre. Photos courtesy of Adrian OHerlihy ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you so much to everyone who turned out yesterday to support Carrigaline & District Lions Club, Marymount University Hospice and Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre ! Over 150 cyclists braved the wet weather as well as all our stewards and helpers. A lot of time and effort went into making this an event a success-- well done everyone!!! 🚴👏👏Photos to follow in the coming days... ... See MoreSee Less

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The Great Railway Cycle shared Simon Coveney's post. ... See MoreSee Less

I was delighted to start the 26th annual Carrigaline Lions Club Cycle this morning with Eoin O'Sullivan, son of the late James O'Sullivan.

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