Cyclists Wanted for April 6th Tour de Ballyfinnane

At the launch of details of the sixth annual Tour de Ballyfinnane at the Stanley Divane Pavilion, Castleisland. Front: Tomás Griffin, Denis Divane, MD Divanes Castleisland; Naoise Flynn, Clodagh Edwards, Seán and Rachel Lally. Second row: Seoladh Flynn, Conor and Shane Edwards and Ross Lally. Back from left: Jerome Flynn, Brendan O’Sullivan, sales Divanes Castleisland; Catherine O’Shea, principal; Brendan Griffin, TD Minister of State for Tourism and Sport; Christina Lally, Anne Marie Crean, Anne Marie Griffin, Marie and John Edwards. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Safety First: Rachel Lally has her cycling helmet adjusted by Brendan Griffin, TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport at the launch of details of the sixth annual Tour de Ballyfinnane at the Stanley Divane Pavilion, Divanes Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Cyclists of all abilities are being invited to enter now for an event which has proven itself in terms of enjoyment and participation levels over the past five years.

Following the resounding success of previous year’s cycles the Tour de Ballyfinnane Cycle is back on this year’s calendar of events on Saturday, 6th April 2019 at10am.

This is the sixth year of the cycle which is organised by the parents of the children at Ballyfinnane National School with the support of the school board, the local community and local businesses.

Scoil Naomh Cárthach

“All funds raised are in aid of Scoil Naomh Cárthach in Ballyfinnane, which is a two-teacher, co-educational, rural Catholic school,” said organising committee member, Seán Lally.

The school is situated in Kiltallagh Parish, between Farranfore and Castlemaine and it was built in 1965. It has had a long association with traditional Irish music, singing, dancing, and football.

The funds raised are invested in facilities and activities for the children attending the school.

Clár Funding

These include: reading books; computing and science equipment; sports coaching; music coaches and special needs resources.

“This year with the help of Clár funding we are developing a playground which will be open to the public outside of the school play times,” said Mr. Lally.

“This year’s cycle was launched by Brendan Griffin T.D.and Junior Minister for Sport at Divanes Castleisland.

Delighted with Divanes

“We are delighted to have this long established local business as our host sponsor. Divanes are the Main Volkswagen dealer for Kerry since 1954.

“The Castleisland based family business has been providing an exceptional service for almost seven decades.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank the community, local businesses and not least the cyclists who take part the event. We are doing all we can to ensure the event is enjoyable and run to a high standard again this year and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Ballyfinnane on the 6th of April.

70K and 45K Routes

“We have two routes on offer 70K and 45K both commencing from Ballyfinnane Community Hall. Refreshments will be provided along the route and again at the finish with the now infamous complimentary BBQ and entertainment at The Shanty Bar, Ballyfinnane.

“Participants can pre-register on our website address below or on the day from 8am. All proceeds will go to Ballyfinnane National School,” Mr. Lally concluded.

Website and Facebook

Route 1 – 70km at €25. This route takes you west to Castlemaine, Inch, Annascaul, Gleann na nGealt, Camp, Tonevane, Caherleaheen, Farmer’s Bridge and over the final climb of the day at Garraun on the return to Ballyfinnane.

Route 2 – 45km at €20. Route takes you east to Currans, Castleisland, Ballymacelligott, Tralee and back to Ballyfinnane via the Killarney Road and Gortatlea.

For further details please log on to our website with a click on the link here: or click here:  Facebook page-Ballyfinnane Cycle.

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