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Mods and Rockers unite for charity bike run

BIG-hearted bikers raised over €140,000 for charity in a tour around Ireland.

Almost 170 motorcyclists took part in the three-day event that will give a significant boost to Down Syndrome Ireland.

The Mods and Rockers got together for the annual mystery tour, which was first organised by Rev-up 4 DSI in 2006.

Speaking since the successful event, co-founder of Rev-up 4 DSI Aidan Lynam said: "Yet again, the biking community has gotten together to support this great cause. Even though times are hard for all, the lengths that the participants go to every year to raise the necessary funding never ceases to amaze us."

The participants covered nearly 1,200km over the course of the trip on the back roads of Munster and south Leinster before arriving back in Dublin.

Supported by BMW Motorrad, the tour took off from Dublin for the May Bank Holiday weekend with organisers Rev-up 4 DSI promising to take in some of the country's most stunning scenery.

The bikers spent two nights based in Rochestown Park Hotel in Douglas, Co Cork before returning to Dublin, taking in Kildare, Tipperary, Waterford, Kerry, Kilkenny and Wicklow.

The event began six years ago when two motorcycling dads (Aidan Lynam and Michael McCormick) to two young girls born with Down Syndrome -- Robyn (6) and Megan (13) -- met and realised they had a similar idea for raising some money for the charity.

"Back in 2005, when the idea of the run was first mooted, we hoped it might raise €50,000 but six years later, to have raised over €1m is a phenomenal achievement.

"Roll on the 2012 event when hopefully we can continue to build upon this success," Aidan said.