Irish Cycle 2008 by Sarah Murphy

On Saturday 5th April 2008 about 130 cyclists set off from UCD in Dublin for a 140 km Charity Cycle to raise much needed funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers. The event was dedicated to the memory of the late Tracie Lawlor who passed away last November from Cystic Fibrosis. Tracie lived a full and vibrant life which was in no way defined by her illness. Those who were lucky enough to know her were inspired by her enduring spirit and irresistible charm. Tracie was the inspiration behind this event which we hope will make a significant difference in the hometown of our dear friend.

A convoy of vans and cars led by Joe O’Brien coaches, who transported the cyclists, left The Porterhouse Castlebridge at 6.30am to meet up with those already in Dublin. After registration and a word of advice from Pat Geoghan the cyclists set off at 9.20. As the weather was fantastic and the wind was in their backs, they all set out to enjoy and relished the challenge ahead. The first of the riders reached Castlebridge at 1.30 and the last at 4.30, which was well ahead of the times set out by each rider.

As each cyclist finished they were presented with a medal by Tracie’s mam Philomena to mark their achievement.

Refreshments were provided in The Porterhouse and the Castlebridge Fife & Drum Band also entertained the crowd who had turned out to welcome the cyclists home.

This was a very special and emotional occasion for the Lawlor family who were delighted with the event and one of the biggest cheers of the day was when Tracie’s brothers Brian and Joseph arrived home. Joseph who also suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and has spearheaded a campaign for better facilities nationally, was very pleased with his own performance. Joseph also won the Talbot Hotel/South East Radio Person of the Year for 2008.

Organisers Ruairi Culleton and John Morrissey were delighted with the way the whole day went and would like to thank all those who helped in any way to make the day such a success, Joe O’Brien, Anthony Neville, Slaney Cycling Club, Wexford Wheelers, Motor Cycle Club, Order of Malta, Enniscorthy Lions Club, Alan Corcoran of SER, all the participants and a special thanks to Ian and Philomena Lawlor for all their help.