There is yet another Team Tom McCarthy’s following in the footsteps of the honour laden Soccer and ladies Basketball teams sponsored by the famous Castleisland, town centre pub. Altruism is the driving force behind this team and their challenge is as big and daunting as anything their stable-mates ever faced.
“Like all good ideas, it was a dark and stormy night in January on a high stool, that the notion of climbing Carrauntouhill seemed like a great one. Denny Greaney stated that he’d do it but only for a good cause,” according to an insider.
An Extra Level
“Tom on the other side of the counter, said that people do that on a regular basis so we’d have to add an extra level to the challenge. There and then the idea of cycling the 40km there and back would be enough of a challenge to warrant raising money for. At this stage we didn’t have a charity in mind. However, a couple of days later, Liam Heffernan from Castlemaine, founder of Bee for Battens, was talking on Radio Kerry of how they were raising funds for a much needed ambulance especially for children. Tom rang Dinny that minute and the rest is history in the making.”
The Longest Day – the name, event and the date speak for themselves. It will be a long day but well worth if it makes sick children’s trips to hospital that little bit easier.
Bikes & Boots BBQ
“So, on June 21st. 2014, at 7am we hope to leave Castleisland and cycle the 40km to Cronin’s yard at the base of the mountain, climb and return within six hours and pedal home to the ‘island for the Bikes and Boots BBQ at Tom’s, kicking off at 7:30 pm, with live music till late,” said the well informed source.
All bikes will be looked after in Cronin’s yard during the climb and there will be a special van to bring all hiking gear and supplies to the yard and return them to Castleisland again that evening.
Numbers are Limited
Registration for the event – as numbers are limited – will be on April 2nd from 7-9:30pm at Tom McCarthy’s Bar, Castleisland. Entry fee is €25 and it’s an 0ver-18’s event.
For further information contact Denny on 086 1959713 or Tom on 086 809 2644.