The John O Shea Memorial Cycle 19th Of March 2017.

It was with great shock and sadness that, family, friends and club mates learned of the sudden passing of John O Shea last May. John worked locally as a mechanic and was heavily involved in the local community. From the Dromid Pearces football club, the Vintage Club, Killorglin Cycling Club, and the Irish Pilgrimage Trust Group 135. John was one of those people that never had to be asked to help. He was always there for whatever purpose he was needed. Nothing was ever a problem for John all you’d hear was “send me a text to let me know what time I’m to be there at”, and John would be there.

The loss of someone like John leaves a massive void in the community not to mention his family. After some time, a few of the Cycling Club members came together and decided that a fundraiser or an event to remember John by, would be a good idea. For the last two years John had been involved with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust’s trip to Lourdes at Easter for a group of youths and their carers. This charity was an obvious choice to be the beneficiary of funds raised.

On the 19th of March next a cycle will take place. Two routes, a 40km and a 70 km route have been chosen. The two routes will start in the Dromid Community Centre at 11am, and proceed to Lisatunnig Bridge. From there cyclists will head towards Cahersiveen via Knockneden and Coars. From Cahersiveen the 40 km route will head directly towards Waterville at the New Chapel Cross going left and back to Dromid. The 70km route will take a right at the Creamery heading towards Portmagee. At Annagar bridge, the route takes a left and cyclists climb to Sussa and head into The Glen. From The Glen the short climb over Coom, will see cyclists descend into Ballnaskelligs and back to Dromid Via the New Chapel. Both routes offer cyclists some of South Kerry’s best views. As the cycle is early in the year, climbs were kept to a minimum.

Regristration will take place in the Dromid centre from 10am and the cycle will start at 11am sharp. The registration fee is €20 and all donations go to the chosen charity. Helmets must be worn. For anyone who needs a bike, Eamon Casey has a number of bikes for rent so no excuses for not cycling! Refreshments will be available in the Dromid Center after the cycle. We hope to see a big turnout on the day.