Tuesday 16 January 2018

Crumlin Cycle to honour the late great Jim

THERE are nine million bicycles in Beijing, but there was only one Jimmy Boggan.

The second annual Jim Boggan Memorial Cycle takes place on Saturday, July 25th.

The club fund-raising event salutes the memory of a genial character that meant so much to the club, and to Dublin.

67 people took part last year. Organisers hope to break the 100 mark this time.

A bus leaves O'Toole Park in the morning for Jimmy's birthplace, Taghmon in Wexford. A van brings the bicycles.

Prayers are said at Jimmy's grave before the cycle back to O'Toole Park.

There are a few stops on the way home, and all levels of fitness are catered for.

Nobody is bursting a gut to claim the yellow jersey.

Instead, they are taking the time to honour such a beloved character.

"He was such a special man," recalls Peter Elliott. "He could relate to everybody. From those in the Nursery to the adults.

"I was lucky enough to have him as my manager over the years, and he was so inspiring.

"He always loved the underdog. He was involved in so many teams. Any spare minute, he was up in Pearse Park.

"And in the days before mobile phones, he'd go around knocking on doors to get players out. We won't see those days again."

Last year's cycle was a big success. "We had people from different clubs joining us, and everybody is welcome again this year to take part. We'd love to see past and present Dublin hurlers and camogie players joining us.

"Friends and former players of Jimmy showed up, and it was a very enjoyable day."

One of those in the saddle was the All-Star, Brian McMahon. Jimmy managed many different Dublin teams over the years. "I was fortunate that he was the manager when I was with the Dublin minors," recalls Peter.

And, like he did for so many, Jimmy passed on his love for the games to Peter, who is now the GPO at St Mary's and Commercials.

"Jimmy was a great man. He did so much for the Crumlin community.

"He was very modest. He shunned the limelight.

"He's a legend in Crumlin and we still all miss him so much."

To book a spot on the cycle, ring Peter on 086-8572569.

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