Thursday 21 February 2019

Gardai saddle up for €100k cross-country charity cycle

A TEAM of gardai and pals are cycling 400km across the country -- to climb Croagh Patrick.

The 51 big-hearted officers are undertaking the trip this week with the aim of raising €100,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland.

The Herald has weighed in behind the gardai, sponsoring their cycling shorts.

The officers set off on the 'Tour de Force -- Celtic Tour' from Westmanstown in Dublin yesterday morning.

They will travel for 400km, arriving in Westport, Co Mayo, via Galway, on Thursday afternoon. On Friday they will hop off their bicycles and scale Croagh Patrick.

All the cash raised will go towards funding medical research units and projects to better understand cystic fibrosis, including the development of a dedicated cystic fibrosis unit at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar.

Spokesman for the tour, Sgt Liam Hogan told the Herald that they "had a good day yesterday. The weather's good, a little windy but we're having a fantastic time.

"The traffic cops have been great, and people have been very generous on the roads giving us lots of space," he said.

The cyclists will arrive in Salthill, Galway today before travelling to Westport via Clifden in Connemara.

Previous 'Tour de Force' events have included 600km cycles from Donegal to Kerry, and a trip from Ground Zero in New York to the Pentagon in Washington DC last year.

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