Rás Tailteann 2022 Set for a June 16th Stage End in Castleisland

Back to 2011 and what a welcome to Castleisland: French cyclist, Nikolay Mihaylov raises his arms in triumph as he crosses the line ahead of Oleksandr Sheydyk of Ukraine at the end of the gruelling stage between Kilrush and Castleisland in May 2011. ©Photograph: John Reidy 24-5-2011

Cáirde Rás Tailteann has announced that plans are moving ahead regarding the return of An Rás Tailteann to the roads of Ireland this year – and the great race will have its second stage end in Castleisland on the afternoon on June 16th.

However, the race and its associated riders and back-up will then transfer to Newcastle West for the following morning’s restart for that day’s stage to Lisdoonvarna.

“This change has been decided upon in the interest of avoiding traversing Limerick City and instead follows a route east and north around the city.

“This will have the effect of making for a more interesting and challenging stage as the riders’ approach Lisdoonvarna for what is sure to be another exciting finale and longest stage of the 2022 event,” according to the Cáirde statement released with details this morning.

The overall route is almost the same as that for the ill-fated, Covid-19 hit Rás in 2020 except, on that occasion, there was an overnight in Castleisland included and the race was to restart here on the following morning.

Even so, it’s no small honour to have Ireland’s most colourful and exciting road race spectacle visiting for an afternoon.

With the town’s long and illustrious associations with the race is sure to make it a busy and exciting afternoon in town.

And Castleisland will be in the throes of its own summer festival by then as well – the plans for which are being put together at present.

More details as the day approaches

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