The Great Railway Cycle Saturday 29th Sept 2018
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 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.
Sadly, our beloved member and Past District Governor, Lion James O’Sullivan passed away last year. James was one of the founders of this event and has been ever present for the annual cycle since 1991. He will, without doubt, be present in spirit for The Great Railway Cycle 2018.